Quotatis | Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen glossary


Appliances: A kitchen unit designed to perform a specific function. For example, a washing machine or fridge

Built-in unit: Appliance manufactured to fit in with a kitchen design

Countertop cut-out: Part of the worktop that has been cut out to allow a sink fitting

Dual thermostat: A temperature gauge to separately regulate both the fridge and freezer

Fluorescent light: Energy efficient lighting that uses ionisation. The light becomes visible when it hits the inner coated surface of the bulb

Granite: Used for worktops because of hardwearing and durable properties. Can be expensive to implement in a kitchen
Grout: Used to fill the gaps between tiles in the kitchen or bathroom. There are wall and floor variants

Island: An independent section of the kitchen which doesn’t touch any walls. Popular in larger kitchens

Laminate: A hard plastic veneer popular for worktops, cabinets and shelves because of the cheap cost. Is durable and hardwearing too

Marble: A decorative worktop variant which has a marbled effect of patterns

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard): A cheap engineered wood used for many applications around the home
Soffit: The underside of a structural component, such as the area between the top of the wall cabinets and the ceiling

Tongue and Groove: A joint created by fitting one piece of wood into another without the need for nails or glue

Veneer: Thin, finely grained wood glued to the base of inferior material

Ventilation system: Helps to circulate air and remove moisture

Wood Grain: A surface manufactured to resemble wood but without the higher price associated with real wood

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