Kitchen Cabinets Design Secrets
10 Ways to Ensure You Choose The Best Kitchen Cabinets Design Options
You love your house – after all, it’s been 20 years since you moved in – but you’ve never loved the kitchen. It’s the center of the house, but it’s never worked that well. Over the years, you’ve added a lot more small appliances, dishes, and all the other things kitchens need – but there’s not enough storage or counter space.
So it’s past time to do a significant remodel. The goals? More efficient workflow, better storage and organization, and a showplace you’re proud to share with friends and family.
Let’s look at ten points to consider in planning your kitchen cabinets design.
1. Budgets and Home Value
Now that it’s time to have your dream kitchen, finally, it’s also time to set a realistic budget. Remember that renovating your kitchen will increase the value of your home. Most estimates say you’ll recoup about 50 to 75% of the cost.
Once you have a budget in mind, it’s time to start getting quotes and kitchen cabinet ideas from experienced, trusted local companies. Do your research, and don’t forget to plan an additional 10 – 20% for unexpected expenses.
2. Quality Counts
You’ll be living with your new cabinets for a long time, so buying the best cabinets you can afford makes the most sense. You’ll appreciate the better quality and functionality; they’ll add to your resale value and last longer. So don’t stint on quality!
3. Be Practical
Remember that there’s a difference between what you need and what you want. Spend some time carefully planning out what you need in terms of kitchen cabinet storage and design. By eliminating things you might want but don’t need, you can buy better quality.
4. Kitchen Cabinets Design Planning
You want your new kitchen to be practical and functional. Think about what you want to change and what your priorities are.
What works? What doesn’t?
Think about the layout as you’re planning the switch to modern kitchen cabinets. Remember the work triangle when you’re planning your kitchen cabinet storage. You’ll want handy storage for things you need as you move from stove to sink to the refrigerator.
5. Think Effective, Intelligent Storage
A big part of making your dream kitchen a reality is knowing all of your items have a place to live! There’s a reason successful kitchen remodels rank so high on the Joy Score. Good planning brings good results and a room you love spending time in.
That means planning for storage that helps your kitchen work effectively by taking advantage of all the new kitchen cabinet hardware, storage features, and accessories.
6. Put Your Corners to Work
If your kitchen has 90-degree corners, they don’t have to be the dreaded ‘can’t reach in there’ space they used to be. Well-designed lazy susan cabinets can turn your useless corner kitchen cabinet into an efficient space with tons of easily accessible storage.
Another option is a blind corner cabinet with pullout shelves. For a real wow factor, go with corner drawers. These drawers have ‘L’ shaped fronts.
By mounting the drawers on rollers, pulling out the drawer is easy. Pullout shelves are a great way to use that triangular space. No more giant dark cave!
7. Spice it Up
How many spice bottles do you have? Chances are a lot.
Every time you try a new recipe, you’re probably adding another spice to your collection. Keeping them all organized so you can find the one you need is next to impossible if they are all shoved into a wall cabinet.
Make life simple by using a 12-inch wide pullout cabinet right next to the stove. Tiered shelves let you see what spices you have and where they are. You won’t be pushing every jar aside to find the one you need in the back of the cupboard!
8. Get Vertical
Think of all of the bulky, flat things you need to store somewhere. Cookie sheets, platters, cutting boards, platters, muffin tins, cooling racks, large pan lids – the list goes on.
By putting vertical dividers in tall cabinets or in a narrow base cabinet, keeping all of those hard-to-stow items organized and accessible gets easier. Opt for adjustable dividers. That lets you adjust the width between dividers, making your storage even more efficient and customizable.
9. Trash It
Your new kitchen cabinets will be beautiful, and your kitchen will be stunning. But not if you are planning to re-use that old plastic trash can you’ve had sitting in the corner. You don’t want to see – or smell – the trash.
That’s an easy-to-solve problem today. Pullout trash drawers hidden in the base cabinets are a great solution.
You’ll want a unit with space for at least two units. One will be for garbage and one for recycling. Depending on the recycling program where you live, you might want to add more for different types of recycling.
Standard double units are just 18″ wide and still leave room for a drawer at the top of the cabinet. With their soft-close operation, using them is simple and quiet.
10. Top Drawer
Well-planned drawers make any kitchen easier to work in and more efficient. They’re easier to use – pull them out, and everything’s right there. There’s no reaching in a cabinet and searching around. Instead, open the drawer, look down and find what you need.
Using multi-stack drawers can add serious storage in the same space a standard cabinet takes up. Using the top drawers for silverware, utensils, and smaller items makes sense for most people. Larger drawers underneath are perfect for pots, pans, and more oversized items.
A general rule of thumb from kitchen planning pros recommends one stacked drawer for every double base cabinet.
Take the Next Step
Planning your new kitchen cabinets design is exciting. Now that you know a bit more about what to consider and your kitchen remodel options, it’s time to call the professionals at Superior Stone and Cabinets.
You’ll get the benefits of their years of experience, free estimates, and the peace of mind that comes from working with a trusted, award-winning local company. So call today and make your dream a reality!