Crack the terminology and make kitchen planning simple
When it comes to planning a new kitchen or renovation project, a lot of words and phrases are thrown around, that let’s face it, sound like a completely different language to us.
At B&Q, we understand that not everybody is going to know the difference between a pelmet and a plinth. And the last thing we want is for you to feel confused and apprehensive before embarking on an exciting DIY project. Which is why we have put together a kitchen jargon buster to help you crack the terminology and better understand the different components that make up a kitchen.
We've split the information into six categories; cabinet doors, layout and design, sinks and taps, appliances, worktops, and storage and accessories. So, if you've come across a word or phrase that you're not quite sure of, we're confident you will find its definition here...
A blind base cabinet is a piece used in a corner to transition from one wall to another without leaving a large empty/void space in a corner.
Cam and dowel
This is a cabinet construction method that creates a strong and durable build. Our quick lock cam and dowel technology reduces the need for tools, and cuts down assembly time. All you need is a screwdriver!
A kitchen cabinet or carcass is the shell of your kitchen. These are the units with shelves that you use to store all your kitchen items. These consist of base cabinets and wall cabinets. Your specific kitchen door styles are then fitted to the front. We offer cabinets in both white and oak effect, and offer a 10-year manufacturers guarantee.
A decorative horizontal trim that sits above the top of a cabinet. These are typically used to give a different style to your cabinets. We offer them in modern and traditional styles.
A drawer unit is the same height as a standard unit, the difference being that rather than consisting of a door, there will be a combination of drawers for storage.
A drawer line unit is the same height as a standard unit, the difference being that it has a single drawer at the top with a smaller standard door below.
A decorative piece used at the end of an exposed cabinet, usually used to ensure the colour or style of the end unit matches the rest of the kitchen.
Foil wrapped doors
A finish for kitchen doors, whereby a coloured, and sometimes textured foil is wrapped over a plain door, in varying styles. Can be made in woodgrain foil, gloss or matt in vary colours. Foil wrapped doors are hard wearing and easy to maintain.
Framed Cabinets / Doors
A framed door sits within a narrow frame, which is fixed to the cabinet and doesn’t hinge with the door. This design feature adds character to shaker style doors, and looks great if you choose real wood kitchen doors in a country style.
We sell a range of framed kitchen cabinet doors. Read our kitchen cabinet doors buying guide for more information on the latest styles.
A door with an integrated handle in the top or bottom of the door. These are typically ultra-modern kitchen styles, for customers seeking the latest in contemporary kitchen styles.
A standard base kitchen units, with a door and no drawers, is classed as a high-line unit.
A premium painted door finish, a lacquered finish is smoother, glossier and deeper in colour than a foil wrapped finish. The lacquer completely covers the face of the door and the 4 sides, meaning there are no join lines, giving greater protection from moisture ingress.
Lay on Doors
A lay on door covers the whole front of the kitchen cabinets, leaving only a small gap between neighbouring units. This is a popular choice for those looking for a modern and sleek look for their kitchen.
We offer a selection of fitted kitchens with lay on doors. Read more about lay on doors in our kitchen cabinet doors buying guide.
A decorative horizontal trim that sits below a cabinet. These are typically used to give a different decorative style to your cabinets. We offer a range of attractive pelmets in modern and traditional styles.
Plinth aka ‘kick plate’
Used to bridge the gap between the floor and the bottom of your kitchen cabinets. These are used to hide away cabinet legs and unsightly gaps to give your kitchen a complete and tidy look. These are available colour matched to your kitchen door style.
An area behind a cabinet which is not seen once the worktop has been fitted. A service void is used to conceal any waste pipes and wiring that may sit behind the cabinet.
A style of kitchen door front whereby a raised outer door profile gives a more traditional door style.
We offer a selection of fitted kitchens with shaker doors. Read more about shaker doors in our kitchen cabinet doors buying guide.
Soft close hinge
A door hinge which prevents the door from slamming when pushed shut. This is essential for any kitchen to help stop damages through slammed doors and prolong the life of your kitchen. B&Q also supply soft close drawer units. We also provide soft close adapters, so you can easily upgrade any old non-soft close hinges you have in your kitchen.
Layout and design
CAD (Computer Aided Design)
Computer software used to create precision drawing or technical illustrations. B&Q uses Spaces, a specialist kitchen design tool created specifically for B&Q.
A freestanding piece of cabinetry which is used to supplement your countertop space. These can often be used as statements within larger kitchens, housing sinks, hobs and even including breakfast bar areas with bar stools.
You can introduce an island to your kitchen with any of our fitted kitchen styles. Read our fitted kitchen buying guide for more information on the latest styles.
Kitchen working triangle
The distance between your sink, fridge and cooker, ensuring this flows correctly is vital to a well designed kitchen. There are a number of working triangles dependant on the shape of your kitchen and your individual needs.
Medium Density Fibreboard, an engineered wood which is hard wearing and resilient to warping and swelling, making them ideal for kitchen doors. All of our ranges, apart from our Solid Oak doors, are made from MDF.
Melamine Faced Chipboard, is a value product for budget restricted kitchens. These are typically less hard wearing than MDF or Solid Oak, have less of a gloss value and are square edge, with a less sleek visual appearance. B&Q do not sell any kitchens with this material but this can be found in the entry level ranges of some of our competitors.
Sinks and taps
1 Bowl sink
A sink with one bowl
A sink with one bowl and a half size bowl next to it
A sink with two large bowls
A tap that provides instant boiling water
Made with real quartz that’s added during manufacture, providing a thick, solid profile surface that is incredibly robust. Highly scratch resistant and able to withstand very high temperatures. This is ideal if you're after a robust, hardwearing sink that’s long lasting.
Handcrafted ceramic baked fire clay, with a thick profile, silky to touch and easy to wipe down after use without staining. Ceramic is perfect if you want a cool white premium look for your kitchen.
Deck mixer and bridge taps have a single spout fed by two separate flow control handles, and are fitted to sinks with two holes.
Food Waste Disposal
A food waste disposal unit is a device, usually electrically powered, installed under a kitchen sink between the sink's drain and the plumbing waste pipes. The disposal unit shreds food waste into pieces small enough, generally less than 2 mm, to pass through plumbing
Linen Stainless Steel
Offering all the benefits of stainless steel, with the additional benefit of being more scratch resistant due to its textured honeycomb or microdot surface. Linen stainless steel is great if you're after a more scratch resistant alternative to standard stainless steel.
Usually sold as pairs, pillar taps are fitted to sinks with two holes and provide one tap for hot water and another for cold.
Constructed from a lightweight, thinner man-made material with the appearance of composite quartz. Highly resistant to everyday wear and tear. Resin is perfect for customers who want the granite (composite quartz) look without the price tag.
Side lever taps have a single spout fed by an easy-to-use lever. Superbly practical, one lever controls the flow rate and mixes hot and cold water together.
Practical, durable and easy to maintain. They’re lightweight, highly resistant to chipping and cracking providing affordable style. Stainless steel is affordable and has a practical style.
Spring Neck/Pull Out
Pull-out spray taps are the ultimate in style, practically and functionality. The hi-tech look of a spray tap makes it a stylish addition to any kitchen and their flexibility makes light work of a range of washing and rinsing tasks.
Sinks with a stunning glass frame, with a thicker profile than stainless steel combined with an inset stainless steel bowl. If you want to make a style statement, toughened glass is the way to do it.
The most popular tap design, twin lever taps have a single spout fed by two separate flow control handles, and are fitted to sinks with one tap hole. This handle offers a mix of lever and cross handle styles.
Like side lever taps with a single spout fed by an easy-to-use top lever that controls the flow rate and mixes hot and cold water together.
The plumbing components required to plumb in your sink, this comes with a basket strainer as well as plumbing pipes.
These worktops are constructed with an acrylic resin surface bonded to a wooden subframe (usually MDF) such as our Earthstone and solid surface options.
A section of worktop that is ‘cut out’ to allow the installation of a sink, hob, or tap, or to fit around pipes and other obstructions.
This is a hard wearing, decorative exterior used on worktops to provide a surface that is hygienic and easy to clean. The surface is bonded to a chip board sub frame, typically 28-38mm thick, to give the look of wood or stone for a very reasonable price.
Splashback aka ‘backsplash’
These are most typically used behind a hob to protect the wall from steam and food splashes. They are also supplied as decorative panels that fit on the wall above a worktop and can run the entire length of the worktop, either in a matching finish or complementary colour/design.
Only glass splashbacks should be used behind gas hobs
A decorative piece matching the worktop that runs the length of the worktop and is typically 70-100mm tall.
This is a door used when utilising integrated appliances, to ensure the appliance can be used effectively but is also concealed by the door.
Generally used with appliances, this is designed to bring uniformity to your kitchen by housing your appliances with doors that match your kitchen range. Can be used to cover most appliances such as fridge freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers. Also known as integrated.
We have various different buying guides, so if you're thinking about buying a built-in oven, fridge/freezer or other appliance, check out the relevant buying guide first.
Any appliance which is fitted directly under a worktop.
Connected appliances (or smart appliances) can be controlled remotely via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC. Hoover lets customers interact with their appliances when they're not at home using the simple Wizard app. It can do a whole host of things, such as preheat the oven, adjust the temperature, and delay your washing machine to start when's best for you.
Smart kitchens are the future. Have a read of our article and discover the possibilities that come with having a state-of-the-art kitchen.
A unit which is independent from the rest of the kitchen, typically used for non-built in appliances.
We have various different buying guides, so if you're thinking about buying a free-standing oven, fridge/freezer or other appliance, make sure you check out the relevant buying guide first.
The outer of a cabinet, often used when integrating kitchen appliances.
Generally used with appliances, this is designed to bring uniformity to your kitchen by housing your appliances with doors that match your kitchen range. Can be used to cover most appliances such as fridge freezers, washing machines and tumble driers. Also known as built-in.
Also known as near field communication, allows communication between digital devices by bringing them within 4cm of each other and is most commonly used in contactless payments. Thanks to NFC, One Touch is the "proximity" connectivity technology by Hoover and gives customers tips on using their appliances more efficiently.
Steam ovens contain a reservoir and turn water into steam to cook food, reducing the need for oils and seasoning.
Storage and accessories
Storage that fits in your corner cabinets, carousel storage allows you to store and remove items from hard to reach corners.
Hinges that are hidden from view when the cabinet is closed. All of our hinges are concealed as this is the standard hinge type.
Gives you great visibility and easy access to items in your tall cupboards, giving you shelves on the back of the door and shelves inside the cupboard to maximise storage solutions.
Storage that pulls down from your cupboards allowing easy access to hard to reach areas. Available with one or two shelves for extra storage.
Maximise useable wall space and enhance your kitchen’s look and style with Kesseböhmer's intelligent pull-down system.
Pull out storage
Pull out storage is a great way for space saving in your kitchen cabinets.