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Cockbeading is a term often mentioned when talking about kitchen cabinet designs. But what does it mean, what does it look like, and most importantly, is it a feature you want in your home?



So what is cockbeading?

Cockbead or cockbeading is a thin beaded moulding that is carved onto traditional kitchen cabinets – and is a feature that is in all of our Heritage kitchen projects. Our Heritage collection is our most popular collection with clients – they love the intricate detailing and traditional kitchen feel. It also requires a great deal of work from our craftsmen with our cabinets all being handcrafted in our workshop. 

This feature is applied for either aesthetic reasons as it gives each cabinet and drawer front a traditional period feel. Or for practicality as it protects the face of the drawers and cabinets from general wear and tear. 

Cockbeading can also be used to hide small variations in the fit between drawer openings as it casts a subtle shadow line around the drawer fronts.

Examples of cockbeading

All of our Heritage kitchens have cockbeading on the designs, but we’ve put a few of our favourites below…

Eden Valley

Set in a property that overlooks the picturesque Ullswater lake – this beautiful home now has a beautiful kitchen to match. Eden Valley is inspired from our Heritage collection, with great detailing on the cabinetry to represent a true classic English kitchen design.

One of the key design details here was the circular breakfast bar, which was carved out of the worktops. The perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee while looking out onto the beautiful English countryside.



The cabinets from our Hale project have been painted in the popular Farrow & Ball Railings – described as a soft black with blue undertones, but it appears more blue than black. It was the perfect colour for this space.

Key features included the bespoke window seating with storage, pantry cupboard, and breakfast station. In the breakfast station, the bespoke shelving, bread bin and pull out chopping board are all designed to house the family’s morning essentials. A Quooker hot tap was installed in here too, for the ultimate convenience when making the morning brews.

Hale Barns

Our Hale Barns kitchen is made for hosting, complete with a kitchen island, a media wall, and two bespoke bars. The bold blue kitchen island is a focal point in the room, home to a host of features (such as bespoke chopping boards) that blend in seamlessly so that they are easy to hand without dominating the space.

This kitchen even won an award for ‘Best Kitchen Design’ by International Property Awards in 2o23!


See more Heritage projects here.

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