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June 1, 2022
When we say bulkheads are THE most important part of open-plan kitchens, we are not kidding!
Have you ever walked through an open home and noticed all the nicely decorated rooms, the built-in wardrobes and bright, modern bathrooms…
…then you step foot into the kitchen and something just doesn’t seem right?
I experienced this not that long ago. The house had been freshly renovated and ready to be sold. But they had missed one element that would have tied it all together.
The kitchen looked like it had been added as an afterthought.
The kitchen design was not the culprit this time. Actually, it was pretty much on point, and the quality of the fittings was great.
The only thing that they should have done differently was taking a minute to look up.
The cabinetry, like most kitchens, finished short of the ceiling, but they had not finished off the installation with a bulkhead.
If you don’t yet know what a bulkhead is, let us explain:
A bulkhead is what is added to the top of the tall cabinetry in a kitchen to tie it all into the space. It is a filler piece that is often constructed by the installation team with plasterboard and painted the same colour as the walls. Then if there is cornice in the room, they will run the cornice around the front of the bulkhead.
A bulkhead is just that final piece of a kitchen installation that makes the kitchen feel that it is meant to be there.
So, do you absolutely NEED to have a bulkhead?
The answer is no you don’t. It comes down to personal choice, but here are some more pros and cons for you to consider!
In addition to being functional, bulkheads are great design features too! Here’s how:
While bulkheads provide both functional and aesthetic benefits, they have some downsides.
So, in short, adding bulkheads into your kitchen is a great finishing touch. It will cost a little bit more, but they are something that you should seriously consider.
If you’re unsure of whether to install a bulkhead in your kitchen or not, consider asking an expert on kitchen design.
Luckily, you don’t have to look far. At Hobart Kitchen Transformations, we have been helping Australians renovate their kitchens for over ten years.
Click here to book a time to chat with our kitchen experts!
We will sort out your bulkhead dilemma in no time!
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