The kitchen is one of the most spill/leak/break/accident prone areas of the house - what with the frenetic level of activities that usually happen around here!
Considering this, it’s only logical that the kitchen storage is planned and implemented with care and caution; for picking the right options can ensure success and (much like a recipe gone wrong) incorrect options can end up in a disaster!
Take Stock Of What You’ve Got!
It’s important that you pay special attention to the kitchen layout and consider extra appliances, service and high traffic areas in relation to the placement of the cabinets.
Additionally, determine the kitchen cabinet dimensions only after you’ve had ample time to picture the area in its entirety.
If you’re remodelling an existing kitchen, then it’s wise to jot down all the pain points that you’re currently grappling with and discuss suitable kitchen cabinetry alternatives with your interior designer!
As an added measure, gather the family members around and have a hearty discussion regarding the must-haves, dos & don’ts and the suggested refurbishing ideas especially with regard to specific cabinet placements.
Your 4-Step Guide To Getting It Right
You don’t need to go too far to find the perfect solution to your cabinetry woes, for we have a simple 4-Step guide that will help you get it right. Read on folks…
1. Don’t go wrong with the kitchen size
Bring out the measuring tape and get started. Measure the exact kitchen area and then measure again.
Why? Make a mistake in the measurement and more than likely, you’ll make a mistake in the cabinet sizes.
Now that you have the accurate area measurement, you can start taking into consideration the floor and wall plan, recesses and nooks, windows and door swings, even water and gas outlets.
2. Avoid overkill in storage spacing
Too much and it becomes an overkill, too less and it goes downhill!
Spend as much time as you possibly can in picking the right base cabinet for this will be the foundation from which the rest of the cabinets will flow.
Think with foresight and use some good ol’ common sense in planning the size for the base cabinets as focusing on style and aesthetics sans functionality will be a cause for heartburn later on.
Think about the kind of differently-sized cooking paraphernalia you’ll be placing inside the cabinets and how often you’ll be using them. What kitchen tools can cause possible safety concerns and what needs to be placed away from prying hands? Should the sink and cooktop cabinets be close or far apart?
Nowadays, there are a plethora of internal cabinet storages that accommodate adaptable shelves and enclosed drawers. These can be used cleverly so as to avoid boxy looking cabinets. What’s more, concealed compartments with full extension drawers and soft-close hinges work well when extra storage space becomes a must.
3. Choosing the right material and finish matters!
To ensure that your cabinets look good, and are also durable, the kind of material you use also matters!
You can choose from solid wood, laminates, veneers, PVC sheets, or even stainless steel or aluminium! PVC also called the ‘membrane finish’, is usually a sound and economical alternative in comparison to laminates and wood-based products. It is termite-proof, anti-corrosive, and easy to maintain!
Acrylic finishes are great if you want a glossy and super-smooth finish! They do come with a hefty price tag, though!
4. Factor an island in!
Kitchen islands with built-in cabinets are great options if you’re looking at adding some oomph to the kitchen area.
Cost considerations aside, kitchen islands can be greatly utilitarian, in that the cooking area can be dedicatedly assigned to this space with the cooktop cabinets and the spice rack/pull-outs being consigned (and concealed) to the lower part of the island.
Additionally, if the sink is thoughtfully constructed next to the cooking area, you’ll be in for a surprise what with the extra prep space in the rest of the kitchen.
The stumbling block with kitchen islands is that they can cost a bomb, so speaking with your designer regarding a thrifty alternative such as a peninsula island may be the perfect idea for you.
5. Knob, Knob – Who’s there?
You might think that knobs, handles and pull-outs – the cabinet hardware, so to speak - are superficial additions that can be left to later, right? But no, these late additions are often the key elements that can help to tie-in the entire look of the kitchen.
If your kitchen is modern and classy, the natural choice will be to opt for savvy looking hardware that gets affixed to the cabinet door with concealed screws, pull-outs in most cases.
Neo-modernist designs typically have sleek finishes, in which case, cut-in types of handles come in handy. Out of sight but not out of reach, these cut-in handles are affixed so discreetly within the cabinet door hollows; you’ll barely be able to see them.
Likewise, a traditional, warm, woody kind of set-up will call on faux antique or retro knobs/ handles.
Whichever your kitchen look, do remember the most important factor to consider is the ‘functionality’, for, knobs, handles and pull-outs are only as good as they work!
As a rule of thumb, do bear in mind that cabinets with full-length drawers of over 2 feet do well when they have not one, but two handles/ knobs or pulls.
Organise well and half the battle’s won!
When sitting down to chalk out the dimensions, it's prudent to take a long hard look at what you’ve got going in the kitchen. Take stock of your stuff and take a call about the objects that can go and those that can remain.
Keeping efficiency of the kitchen in mind, organise carefully using folding shelves, cabinet pull-outs, and spice racks.
Next up, think from a practical standpoint and chart the next step accordingly. Cabinets accommodating cooking utensils can be planted close to the cooking area aside from having related appliances at close access.
A tall pantry cabinet with a cabinet organizer for hard-to-reach areas can be a helpful addition.
Pay heed to tiny little details
Close consideration of these key aspects will help you come up with a practical solution for your kitchen cabinetry. Remember to improvise and keep the mind open for new suggestions.
If you are looking to get your kitchen redesigned or done up from scratch, get in touch with Hipcouch today!