When you think German Kitchens
Updated: Nov 6, 2020
When you think “German”, products like BMW, Porsche and Mercedes come to mind. German products have become synonymous with quality and engineering. Just like German cars and appliances, German kitchen design is also known for its engineering. German kitchens tout sleek designs and precise measurements while offering clever detail, maximized storage and are comfortable and intuitive to use.
A little history lesson, please…
So how does German differ from American when it comes to kitchens? For starters, in Germany, more people rent than own and therefore, people take their entire kitchen with them when they move – cabinets, appliances, fixtures and all! When moving into a new home, people usually have to redesign the entire kitchen space. The “German kitchen” was born from this need for easy, comfortable, customizable and quickly built and installed kitchens. Necessity for streamlined products and flexibility and precision are key, as people are unable to wait months to build their new kitchen.
So you want a modern kitchen. You’re making a great choice. There are so many styles, designs and brands on the market today. However, when choosing modern, we feel purchasing a German kitchen is the right choice.
6 Reasons to Choose German over the rest
1. State of the art production:
So far, nobody has been able to replicate a German product. Americans use high quality stone and wood materials, but each cabinet and countertop has to be customized to every kitchen, adding to the high cost. Italians focus on design but lack in precision and engineering. German kitchens are manufactured using state-of-the-art production techniques, and incorporate half-millimeter perfect construction to ensure smooth installation. We won’t bore you with the details but trust us, every millimeter makes a difference.
And with semi-custom building design, built with several standard specifications, German kitchens can offer higher quality materials, sturdier thicknesses that last longer. With semi-custom cabinetry, you don’t have to recreate the wheel to design your kitchen which goes a long way in reducing costs.
2. Efficiency and Design:
German kitchens are all about efficiency and modern design. After all, Germans actually invented the concept of “the fitted kitchen” over 70 years ago and have been the leader in kitchens ever since. The modern German kitchen is based on the principles of ergonomics, functionality and sustainability. It is built on clean lines and clear form. The setup gains expression and life through an ingenious combination of colors, materials and a sophisticated surface feel.
3. Choice flexibility and versatility:
Several German kitchen companies have emerged on the US market over the last several years, offering choice within the German niche. Idealhome has named LEICHT best for value when comparing these companies. LEICHT Kitchens can be developed to suit your own personal vision – so the choices are near endless. LEICHT lacquers alone come in over 5000 different color options!
4. Quick installation and lead times:
Again with state of the art production, precision measurements and modular design, German cabinets produce faster lead times – as little as 10 - 12 weeks! Just think... so much can be done while cabinets are on order!!
5. Price Points:
Because German kitchens don’t recreate the wheel with each kitchen and installation, they are able to set price points for their colors, veneers, finishes and upgrades. For instance, LEICHT offers 8 different price groups, providing a fit in every price point in every budget.
“One of the great trademarks of a German kitchen is the sheer choice in cabinet sizes and fittings and that gives ultimate flexibility to create the kitchen you want. This is regardless of the shape or size of your room – it will certainly help make the most of every inch in a small kitchen.” ~ IdealHome
6. German integration:
Like German kitchens, German appliances are reliable, functional and “Smart”. And German appliances, like Miele and Bosch fit perfectly with your German kitchen! Kitchens are delivered ready-built and ready to install with your choice of built-in appliances already in place.
That is why at Studio Europa, we have chosen to be San Diego's exclusive LEICHT Dealer.
LEICHT Kitchens have perfected strong structure, durable veneers and lacquers, built in sustainable energy, state-of-the-art factories that use computers to ensure accuracy and consistency.