Fitted kitchens incorporate all fitted furniture, fitted cupboards, and appliances into the layout of the kitchen.
Often fitted kitchens will feature appliances built into the walls and a decor that emphasizes a blended look. Most fitted kitchen designs will also incorporate cabinets that enclose appliances, such as microwave ovens. These cabinets are typically constructed of wood, although laminate or other materials may be used.
Fitted kitchens are also designed according to the basic functions, activities, and needs of the families who use them.
Other features of a fitted kitchen may include built-in shelves to store pots and pans or food items and customized counter tops. The shelving may be built into a designated alcove or directly onto the wall. Counter tops may match the floor. Tile, marble, or granite is popular choices for counters and floors of the fitted kitchens. Hardwood is another floor choice that may coordinate with the other kitchen units.
Another example of a fitted kitchen unit is one that incorporates a stainless steel oven with an overhead extractor fan, also made of stainless steel. Typically, the overhead fan may be affixed to the ceiling. Ceiling fans used in fitted kitchens will generally match the furniture decor.
The architecturally designed fitted kitchens may have a conventional oven that has been fitted into the wall. Directly above may be a convection or toaster oven. A microwave and dishwasher may also be built in. Some fitted kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator/freezer that is directly built in to a wall as well.
Many of the modern units feature eat-in kitchens. This may include built-in breakfast nooks. These nooks may be found in various shapes. Barstools and benches are often used as seating.