At one time, you had no choice: every kitchen was a freestanding kitchen.
Only the sink was fixed in place, and that was because it was attached to the house by plumbing.
The benefits of freestanding kitchens are numerous: you don’t need to have costly fitted appliances, you can use existing or second-hand furniture (such as a cupboard, sideboard or dresser), and you can move your kitchen units around if you fancy a change later on. The fact that everything doesn’t ‘match’ means freestanding kitchens are often a more affordable option than fitted kitchens. They’re certainly more flexible too, and can evolve to fit in with your needs, rather than needing to be perfectly planned from the outset.
A bit of history of Free Standing Kitchen Cupboards.
During the 1940s, continuous metal kitchen cabinets began to appear in American kitchens. Post World War II, these wraparound cabinets, with their seamless counters, were found everywhere. If you had freestanding cabinets, you were deemed highly impractical--and worse, seriously out of fashion.
The 1950s saw the rise of kitchen remodelling, both do it yourself and hiring pros, as a favourite pastime. Yet, as homeowners began to personally take control of the look of their kitchens, cabinets and countertops had gradually become such a specialized craft that pros were chiefly the ones who installed them.
Think of your own kitchen: did you install your cabinets and fabricate/install the tops? Likely not.
Freestanding cabinets represent both a shout-out to the past and a way for homeowners to gain control of installation and placement flexibility.
The category can include both cabinets on the perimeter of the kitchen as well as prep tables in the center of the room.