A question that we were recently asked was “How do I fully integrate a Range cooker into my kitchen?” Well, the article below will give you some options and ideas on how to do this, both for the base unit integration, as well as above the Range cooker itself.
End panels or radius feature ends?
First of all, when you integrate your Range cooker into your kitchen, it is placed in the gap left between 2 units. At the end of the units that butt up to the Range cooker, you could use end panels to create a nice clean finish that gives something for the plinth to butt up to.
Instead of end panels, you could also use radius feature ends to create a kitchen breakfront that juts out slightly from the rest of the kitchen and creates a nice feature. See the image below that shows a kitchen breakfront.
Just remember that if you use end panels or radius feature ends then don’t forget to add in the space that these items take up, into your kitchen plan. End panels are around 18/20mm thick (range dependent) and radius feature ends are 50mm wide.
Chimney extractor or mantle?
Choosing a chimney extractor or a mantle to go with your Range cooker is completely down to your own personal preference. A chimney extractor would be the slightly cheaper option and would still look great in your kitchen, as shown below.
But some people opt to use a mantle that bridges the gap over the Range cooker.
The internal width of our mantles is 1200mm and the 2 x 300mm wide usable units, each side of the mantle, will sit on your worktop. The underside of a mantle is also hollow, to allow for the installation of a canopy hood extractor.
If you think that your Range cooker will be wider than 1200mm then you can have the mantle made wider but you will have to add a note to you order advising this. For every 100mm adjustment, there would be a £100 surcharge.
Top box option
If a mantle or chimney extractor is not for you and you want a more integrated look with your wall units then you have the option of a top box above your Range cooker.
The widest top box that we provide measures 1000mm in width, so if you wanted nice symmetry and matching lines with your wall units and base units, then your range would need to be no bigger than 1000mm.
If you did not want a top box and wanted to use reduced height (575mm high) wall units then this is possible too. See the example below from one of our customers’ kitchens. Just remember to leave enough clearance from the hob to the extractor. The recommended safe distance is 650mm for electric, ceramic or induction hobs and 750mm for gas hobs.
Using wall units above your range cooker could be a little tricky though. All the wall units in the run may need to be positioned a bit higher than normal to line them up and to also allow for the safe distance between the hob and units to be achieved.
If you were to use tall units as well, in the same kitchen run then you may have difficulty lining these up, as the tall units would sit below the wall units and may look unsightly. We do sell 2150mm tall units (2300mm with legs), which may help.
Mix & match
If you like top boxes and Chimney extractors then why not do what this customer did and use them both! You get all the extraction power of a big chimney extractor and the nice visual from the top box blending in with the wall units.
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