Freestanding or fitted kitchens: Which one should you choose?

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Fitted or freestanding kitchen - we take a look at the pros and cons of each style (Image credit: Olive & Barr)

When it comes to kitchen design, a visit to a retailer's showroom will generally present you with a primarily fitted option. It's become the standard expectation for kitchens. But is there room in self build and renovation for a freestanding kitchen? Could it have benefits that outweigh a fitted approach?

We asked kitchen design experts for their thoughts on the freestanding vs fitted kitchen debate and it would appear the demand for one of them is on the rise...

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Helen Parker

Helen Parker is deVOL's Creative Director. Joining in 2004 as a kitchen designer, by 2011 she had become responsible for deVOL's style, creating one-of-a-kind showrooms, sourcing antiques and gifts and designing new pieces of furniture and accessories. Over the years, she has developed deVOL's look and voice. Recently, Helen has been busy helping to produce and starring in deVOL's Emmy nominated TV series. Helen's passion and desire to create a special look for deVOL has proved to be the making of this company.

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Al Bruce

Founder Al Bruce began his illustrious career 25 years ago studying to be a cabinet maker at college. From humble beginnings, his natural skill in the craft of cabinetry and keen business acumen saw him quickly rise up through the ranks of the handmade kitchen industry, gaining invaluable experience and a wealth of knowledge along the way.

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Tim Spann

Tim Spann has almost 30 years’ experience in the kitchen industry. Having started life as a graphic designer, Tim spent several years working for advertising and branding agencies where much of his work centred around the kitchen sector. Through natural progression, Tim chose to jump ship to work in-house for some of the industry’s largest kitchen and appliance manufacturers, and now spends most of his time promoting Keller’s sustainability vision and achievements to independent retailers and the contract market in the UK.   

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.