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Just like your table and chairs, cutlery has a huge impact on the look and feel of your dining room. However, not only do your knives and forks need to look the part, but they need to feel right too. From steak knives to seafood forks and soup spoons to dessert forks, you’ll be surprised to discover the vast number of speciality knives, forks and spoons available out there, each designed to fulfil a slightly different function. Whether you’re simply looking for an extra kitchen knife, or a full cutlery set, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re after on the Houzz UK shop.

How many types of cutlery are there?

Cutlery or flatware refers to the implements used to cut and eat food. However, in addition to regular table knives, forks and spoons, your cutlery collection can also include anything from butter knives, dessert forks and coffee spoons to steak knives, serving spoons and ice cream spoons. All of these items are also, of course, available in a variety of different materials, finishes and colours. Most cutlery is made from 18/10 polished stainless steel, however, gold or rose gold cutlery can be a great way to add a luxurious touch to the dining table.

Which cutlery set to buy?

For the perfect table setting, a mish-mash of different forks and spoons just won’t do: a matching cutlery set is an absolute must. When deciding which knives make the cut and which sets are worth forking out for, it’s important to consider your specific requirements. For example, how many people live in your home? How much kitchen storage do you have? And do you often host large dinner parties? With the vast range of cutlery sets available, it can be tricky to decide what’s best for you, so we’ve put together a handy list of the different types of cutlery sets out there to help you out:

  • Traditional

    An everyday traditional cutlery set includes six place settings, each comprising seven items of cutlery: a soup spoon, a table knife and fork for the main course, a dessert spoon, knife and fork for dessert, and a teaspoon for a hot beverage at the end of the meal.

  • Modern

    Contemporary living means fewer courses and fewer diners. A modern cutlery set, therefore, has just four place settings, each comprised of five items of cutlery: a table knife and fork, a salad and dessert fork, a dessert spoon and a teaspoon.

  • Cutlery canteens

    A canteen of cutlery is a flatware set presented in an expensive wooden box with a velvet lining and individual compartments for each item. They are usually comprised of eight place settings and are designed to be placed on your sideboard - a more formal alternative to keeping your knives and forks in a cutlery tray or holder in the kitchen!

Where to buy cutlery?

You can find a range of cutlery, including basic knife and fork sets, specialty knife sets, and children’s cutlery on the Houzz UK site, as well as a selection of cutlery trays and other dining products.
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