How much space does your range cooker need?

Open plan white Shaker kitchen with Smeg range cooker and quartz worktop

The space requirements around range cookers are one of the most popular conversation topics when going through the design process with our clients. How much space is needed around my range cooker? Can I put wooden cabinetry right next to it? How high does the extractor need to be? What sits beneath the range? The […]

Induction hobs: how they work and why they’re so popular

Traditional Country Kitchen with induction hob and large traditional island

Induction hobs: they’re a beloved addition to plenty of our kitchen designs. It’s no secret that we love them for their simplicity, speed and safety, but today we’re looking at induction hobs in closer detail. How does an induction hob work? Peculiar as it may sound, induction hobs don’t actually produce any heat by themselves. […]

3 plywood kitchens to capture your imagination

Plywood kitchens are a Pinterest dream, the clean aesthetic and beautiful grain shining through. Quirky and contemporary, it’s a surefire way to make it unique to your home. Not only is plywood aesthecially stunning, but it is also one of the strongest materials to be used in kitchens. More often than not, the carcass for […]

2 types of beading to consider for your Shaker Kitchen


When it comes to quality kitchen design, the devil is in the detail. Luckily, our experienced team of professional kitchen designers know the ins and outs of what makes exquisite cabinetry. Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a boom in popularity of two particular types of beading. It might be related to a kickback […]

How to recycle your old kitchen (and tackle ‘single-use culture’)

Future of sustainable Materials - Megan Stuart - 'It Has Bean' Cup - Recycled coffee grounds Holder

Please note, we cannot recycle kitchens through Sustainable Kitchens.   Sustainability isn’t just about materials; it’s about processes, too. We’ve always found that donating produces a win:win scenario (we donate our substantial offcuts to the Scrapstore charity, which you can read about here). When you’re considering recycling your old kitchen, take a look at Freecycle […]

The Truth about Eco Friendly Paints

Petrochemicals? VOCs? Solvents? It’s enough to make your head spin. Here’s the truth about eco-friendly paints: it’s complicated. With that in mind, we’ve done our research so you don’t have to! We’ve looked around to get to the truth: can paint ever be eco-friendly? What’s the criteria? And just what do all of the ingredients […]

Solid wood vs. chipboard kitchens: which should you choose?

Rockhouse Barn conversion Shaker Kitchen with built in angled under stair shelving cabinet

When you’re designing your new kitchen, the choice of materials is key. Here at Sustainable Kitchens we love to create furniture using only the best, ethically sourced sustainable materials, and our solid wood kitchens will last you a lifetime. There’s nothing quite like a beautiful kitchen cabinet crafted from solid wood. The warmth of the […]

Why hand painting your kitchen produces a better finish

In our joinery workshop, it’s the human touch that sets us apart. At Sustainable Kitchens, we think that your kitchen deserves individual care and attention to detail – and that includes hand-finishing every unit to the highest standard. Choosing one of our kitchens means you’re choosing a perfectly hand painted kitchen to your exact specifications. […]

How to choose the right extractor fan for your kitchen

Rockhouse Barn conversion Shaker Kitchen with Smeg SYD4110 induction range cooker

The preference for open-plan living isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. Multi-use spaces that combine the functionality of a kitchen, living room and dining room are the norm, but to do this properly, you’ll need to account for a ventilation system that doesn’t compromise.  With so many extractor fan options out there, we’ve selected […]

5 island units we love (and how we created them)

Pegboard Plywood Kitchen with movable island on industrial castors

The kitchen is the heart of your home. You’ll share dinners, parties and conversation with friends and family for years to come. You’ll laugh with friends over a glass of wine. You’ll cook up delicious meals. Your kitchen deserves a fitting centre piece, and that’s where your bespoke kitchen island comes in. Your kitchen island […]