Modular Kitchens vs Bespoke Kitchens

Modular Kitchens vs Bespoke Kitchens

Modular Kitchens vs Bespoke Kitchens

We will often be asked what the difference between a modular kitchen and a bespoke kitchen is. A lot of kitchen design studios will claim that they are bespoke when in reality, they are simply choosing set-sized units from a catalogue and ordering it from a German or Italian factory. If they need a unit to be 470mm wide, rather than making it from scratch at 470mm (which by the way is what a bespoke manufacturer would do), they order a 600mm wide unit and have their fitters butcher the unit by cutting it down on site. This is not the quality that a high-end kitchen deserves and will ultimately not stand the test of time.

To ensure a bespoke design of a kitchen is fit for purpose, a designer should work with you to ascertain your exact requirements and build the units from there. For example, when a client who is perhaps on the shorter side comes in for a kitchen, rather than telling them that the oven heights are set, we allow them to choose exactly where their ovens will be located for ease of use and practicality. This is what quality cabinets are – built the right way from the start.

Cutting edge technology with traditional craftmanship

Another common misconception is that bespoke kitchens are handmade. This can be the case but you’ll more likely find in bespoke workshops up and down the country that they use a combination of cutting edge machinery and technology and fuse this with traditional craftmanship. For example, our carcasses are cut on our CNC machine and then assembled by hand whereas our shaker doors are all crafted by hand – done the traditional way. This is how you achieve a very high quality of kitchen finish.

Worktops, and especially at the higher end of the market, premium worktops are not really affected by the kitchen cabinets. Modular kitchens should be able to take premium stone worktops. The only exception we would say, is in the case of specifically heavy or thick stone worktops which sometimes is a common request on kitchen islands. If you wanted say a 100mm thick piece of granite on an island you would have to re-enforce the carcasses which is not something a modular kitchen company could accommodate.

Wide variety of kitchen finish choices

A modular kitchen may also not have the wide variety of kitchen finish choices that a bespoke maker can offer. For example, we often get requests for sprayed liquid metal panels, sometimes on backboards of units – again, something a modular kitchen company is unlikely to be able to cater for.

Finally, it’s worth noting that bespoke kitchens SHOULD cost more than a modular kitchen company. As such, not everyone will be able to afford a truly bespoke kitchen but the good news is that with a few accessories and some nice kitchen décor of your choosing, you should be able to transform the look and feel of your space and make it “feel” bespoke.

Wondering what to do next?

Take a guided tour of one of our latest kitchen projects. This particular project was completed for the fabulous Amelia Liana.

Amelia was a dream to work with and has an impeccable style which is obvious from taking one look at the kitchen. The cabinetwork was painted in Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre which is a very on trend colour, almost a light green which she paired with brass accents from Armac Martin and Perrin and Rowe.

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What a wonderful experience from beginning to end. We certainly weren’t the easiest customers , we weren’t sure what we wanted or when ! However Donna, Richard, Rich and their amazing team guided us through the process with utter professionalism as well as warmth and patience. The results exceeded our expectations, particularly the attention to every detail. They wouldn’t rest until they knew we were happy with everything. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them or use them again.

Leighton Home Style

Thanks to all the team at The Woodworks for working with me on yet another great project.
Beautiful design managed and delivered on time and VERY happy clients

Look forward to our future projects together!

Alan Burton

Woodworks provided us with excellent service, from planning and design to finished kitchen

Build quality is excellent and it really does give the house the WOW factor

Our kitchen was part of a new build process for house we have built from scratch. Deadlines constantly moved, and Woodworks worked around everybody to get the job done on time and in full

After sales is very good, with tweaks to doors and cupboards all part of the service!

Sarah Innes

It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with The Wood Works. Our existing kitchen was 20 years old, and the layout of the room did not make use of the available space. Josh produced inspired ideas for re-designing the whole area, and really listened to what we wanted to achieve, patiently fine-tuning the plans to our particular requirements. We are now the proud owners of a stunning and practical new kitchen which has completely exceeded our expectations. When my sister visited for the first time, she said "it looks like the kitchen of a celebrity chef!" (which I am not). What a transformation. The Wood Works is a family-run business, and that really shows in terms of their professional service, quality of fittings, attention to detail, reliability and easy communication. Nothing was too much trouble. At the start of the project, Josh promised we would have our kitchen by Christmas. I was sceptical as we were in the midst of the pandemic, but they delivered as promised, with no hitches. Thoroughly recommend.


Brilliant Service!
They designed, built, and fitted my new kitchen.
Extremely happy and will be recommending to my friends and family.

Sian Baker

Over the moon with our new kitchen!
The design is exactly what we wanted, the fitters were excellent, and the craftsmanship is fantastic.
Everyone at The Wood Works helped to make the process as smooth and as easy as possible.
I would recommend them to anyone looking at getting a new kitchen.

Ruhel 4 November, 2021

We are delighted with the kitchen supplied and fitted by The Woodworks. The design, look and quality is brilliant. The designer (Tom Dodd), the project manager (Andy Neville) and the fitters were all brilliant. Always helpful and responsive. A really pleasing experience with Woodworks and a brilliant finished kitchen.

The design collated by Tom was brilliant and tailored brilliantly to our exact requirements.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Sue Finegold 22 December 2021

We have a beautiful kitchen of the highest quality The company are efficient friendly and nothing is too much trouble.
Richard and Donna designed everything for us to perfection. All their staff are really great.