Thursday, May 25, 2017

Natural Wood Kitchens - The New 2017 Kitchen Trend

Natural Wood Kitchens - The New 2017 Kitchen Trend 
Natural wood is not often thought of as a practical material for anything beyond kitchen cabinets. However, there as been a new trend in 2017 of mostly, if not entirely wood kitchens. Wood kitchens provide a natural yet modern style to your kitchen. At German Kitchen Center we have many award winning wood kitchens available as well as custom wood kitchens

Many people wonder if wood counter tops and other kitchen surfaces are practical for kitchens, given the maintenance wood often requires. But wood surfaces have been treated to resist water damage, stains and more! 

Here are some issues you don't have to worry about when ordering a stylish wood kitchen.

Too much water is known to warp and damage a wood surface, which is why we tend to avoid having wood in the bathroom, basement and until recently, kitchens. But a properly treated wood countertop for example, is not only safe to prepare food on, but is water resistant. As long as excess water is cleaned up in a timely manner, your wood counter top will be fine.  

Natural Wood Kitchens - The New 2017 Kitchen Trend 
Apart from moisture, the other concern most people face is cleaning a wooden surface. Should you clean it along the grains? Can you use water? What if it scratches? These are some of the millions of questions that swim in the minds of homeowners before opting out of wooden kitchens.

Cleaning your wood surfaces is simple and if you're unsure how to clean it, just call us and we can help you!

For more information about our natural wood kitchen -- the new 2017 kitchen trend, call us at German Kitchen Center at 888-209-5240. One of our wood kitchen experts will be happy to speak to you. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Handleless Kitchens in Manhattan

Modernize your kitchen by installing handleless kitchen doors

The recent kitchen cabinetry models have increasingly shifted to handleless doors for all the storage spaces. Handleless kitchens in Manhattan are part of the new wave of minimalist kitchen designs that are taking homeowners by storm. The designs are heavily favored contemporary homeowners due to their clean design and striking finishes.

Are you looking forward to changing your kitchen doors or building a new kitchen? Below are some reasons why you should consider the minimalist handleless kitchens are your next kitchen design.

Handleless kitchens are ultra-modern kitchens

The handleless door design is an ultra-modern look. They were first touted as a minimalist only idea, but the results were so impressive that they have now made it to everyday modern kitchen designs. They also blend easily with the rest of the kitchen.   

Create seamless flow between adjacent rooms

There are several people whose home designs include a combined kitchen and dining area. Incorporating the handleless kitchen design creates open spaces that effortlessly flow into each other. Home designers usually have a problem connecting their kitchen to the dining room due to the fact that both spaces have different atmospheres.

However, handleless kitchen doors make you feel as if you are never changing atmospheres when moving from the dining room to the kitchen and back. Thus, if you are planning to combine the dining room with your kitchen, handleless kitchen doors are a way you can create the seamless design. 

Hygienic and safe

Not only are handleless kitchens in Manhattan aesthetically appealing, but they are also safe and more hygienic. Generally, the kitchen doors trap a lot of dirt and grime. Most people do not remember to clean the handles in their daily kitchen cleaning routine. Therefore, the place becomes a hiding place for undesirable micro-organisms.

Handles can also become a safety risk in the kitchen, especially where space is limited. Clothing can get caught as you brush past the doors or children can hit their heads as they run through. Handleless kitchen doors eliminate this problem. 

Handleless kitchens offer many stylistic, safety and hygiene advantages. For more information about handleless kitchens in Manhattan, or to schedule a free kitchen design consultation call the German Kitchen Center at  (888)209-5240.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Handleless Kitchens in NYC

The German Kitchen Center’s Guide to Handleless Kitchens

Most homeowners who are interested in a modern style European kitchen purchase a handleless kitchen.

While that may seem like a simple idea, there are a surprising number of different ways to build and use cabinets without handles.

Below is our quick guide to understand your handleless kitchen options.

First things first:

What are Handleless Kitchens?

For a European kitchen designer, including German brands like Leicht and Nobilia, handleless isn’t simply the absence of a handle, but an entire quality of engineering. In a European-style handleless kitchen, cabinets are designed as smaller parts of a larger whole, built out from a long, continuous aluminum grip. That means that in a true European handleless kitchen, a grouping of two, five and even ten cabinets look of-a-piece with smooth, unbroken surfaces.

These sleek, fluid surfaces can easily include panels that seamlessly integrate appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers into your kitchen’s design. This consistency of design makes it possible for perfect color and style matches, leaving a clean and uniform appearance through every part of your kitchen.

Most European manufacturers build their handleless kitchens with a J-channel aluminum grip rail. As mentioned above, the entire set of cabinets is built simultaneously along this rail allowing for total consistency in form and style. To open a basic the door or drawer, all one needs to do is reach their fingertips into the channel and pull the door open.


Leicht, Nobilia and other modern European kitchen manufacturers offer a wide variety of handleless kitchens that differ not only in how they open but in their appearance. Cabinetry is available in different designs, materials and colors with literally thousands of color, function and layout variations available. European Kitchens are famous for their clean lines and handleless kitchens do nothing but accentuate that strength.

Leicht Avance

The Avance and Avance Pro series feature what is called a C-Channel grip. Unlike the J-Channel grips, the C-Channel has a symmetrical shape that many find appealing. Finally, C-Channel design includes a lacquered aluminum grip rail that can be matched flawlessly with the colors of the cabinets themselves. They can even be fitted with non-intrusive LED strip lighting.

Leicht Contino

The Contino series is deliberately minimalist and includes sleek matt or high-gloss finished with handleless fronts. Grips in Contino series are virtually invisible, with cabinets that have flat, unblemished surfaces. 

Nobilia Line N

Nobilia’s Line N is a popular recent line of handleless kitchens available in a wide range of prices, colors and finishes.  These ultra-smooth cabinets feature a seamless design that runs continuously across the kitchen. The J-channel grips in this series can run horizontally or vertically making for easy use for any layout and makes for seamless built-in appliance integration. Line-N kitchens feature strongly articulated, laser-cut corners and edges, giving the kitchen a laser-sharp level of precision in both form and function. These sleek-yet-sharp designs also help to keep Line-N kitchens hygienic and easy to keep clean.

Lacquer Ergonomic Grip Handle Kitchens

Leicht’s Pur series and Nobilia’s similarly named Pura series both feature a creative variation on the handleless theme with molded lacquered cabinet fronts that include recessed ergonomic grip handles that are literally sculpted into the drawer and cabinet faces. Kitchens in this style benefit from having an articulated, handle-like design without the negatives associated with protruding handles like the risk of getting caught on clothing, obstructing passage, or causing scrapes and bruises.

Handleless Opening Systems

Some kitchens feature cabinetry without any kind of grip whatsoever and use innovative, cleverly engineered mechanisms to open drawers and cabinets.

Touch Latch -  Kitchens with touch latches, operate with springs and magnets. A simple press opens the door or drawer, with spring pressure causing the drawer to pop open. When closed, the drawer is sealed by magnets, staying in place until pressed open again. This system is particularly common in overheard and swinging cabinet doors. Both purely mechanical and electric versions are available.

SensoMatic – Featured in models from both Leicht and Nobilia, SenoMatic cabinets open electronically with a gentle push. One of the nicest benefits of this technology is that it makes it easy to open draws without the use of your hands.

Leicht SensoMechanik – Featuring spring loaded handles and electric mechanisms, Leicht’s SensoMechanik system blends the best of both electronic and pure mechanical designs, carefully tested for maximal ease of use.

Seeing is Believing

While we could describe the choices all day, the best way to truly understand what a handleless kitchen is all about is to see it in person. We invite you to take a tour of one of the German Kitchen Center’s many showrooms to experience the ease and style of handleless kitchens in nyc for yourself and to speak with an expert kitchen designer to determine what is right for you.

For more information about handleless kitchens in nyc, or to schedule a free kitchen design consultation call the German Kitchen Center at  (888)209-5240.