Cabinetry is the backbone of every kitchen. Who’d deny that? All these minimalistic kitchens with hardly any cabinetry are fabulous to look at, but not the kitchen you want for a family of 5.
And while kitchen cabinets are a big thing, we hardly focus on them when we renovate. Or, we simply overlook some details about them that will make a difference in our life later. One may wonder what’s the fuss about kitchen cabinets! You simply involve them in the overall kitchen design and that’s it. But there’s more to it.
Should I say how important kitchen cabinets are?
Surely, we all know that the kitchen cabinets have one role to play. That’s to serve as our storage units in the kitchen. But the quantity of the kitchen cabinetry will either tie or untie your hands. Their quality will either break or make your kitchen remodeling.
You see, cheap materials are easily worn, especially the cabinetry over and around the stove – even if there’s a pretty good exhaust system. And when laminate becomes damaged or the color peels off, your freshly renovated kitchen doesn’t look good anymore.
Focusing on the main function of kitchen cabinets now – storage, let us just say that they allow you to keep things hidden and organized. Let’s take a second look at that.
The amazing role of kitchen cabinetry
The more storage room you’ve got, the neater the kitchen. This sentence just about summarizes the importance of cabinetry. It also points out why you should focus on creating as much storage space as possible when you renovate the kitchen.
When there’s enough space to store all things you keep in the kitchen, you enjoy two benefits.
a. You reduce – if not eliminate, clutter in the kitchen and so the room looks elegant, without losing its function.
b. Everything gets its place. No more searching for the cheese grater, the measuring cup, the pie plate, or the baking tray for hours. You know exactly where you keep what, making your life easier, saving time too.
What kitchen cabinets will you choose?
Nowadays, the kitchen cabinet options are truly a lot. You can have cabinets over and under the countertop. The kitchen island often has cabinets too. You may also choose a pantry pullout or opt for a full pantry – if you’ve got the extra room.
Before you talk details with your kitchen renovation contractor, consider your needs. For example, how tall are you? Or, how old are you? Can you reach the upper shelf of the over-the-countertop cabinet? If you can barely do that but the over-the-counter cabinets are the only ones in the kitchen, your life is bound to become difficult.
With kitchen remodel projects, the whole point is to refresh the looks of the room but also enhance function. To achieve the latter, you need to focus on your personal needs, wants, requirements. If you cannot reach cabinets up high, get floor cabinets. Get a pantry pullout. If you have back problems, get pullouts and systems with hooks, racks – cabinetry that works for you.
Aesthetics, now. Are glass kitchen cabinet doors for you?
There’s lots of kitchen cabinet design ideas on the market and this is a good thing. The glass cabinet doors are just an example to point out that if keeping things neat inside the cabinets is not your thing, avoid glass – at least clear glass.
Before you choose the color and overall, design of the cabinets, think of how they will blend in the whole – in relation to all other items in the kitchen. Start by focusing on your home interior style – traditional, modern, industrial, minimalistic? This would be a good starting point since you can decide if you want ceiling-high (or not) cabinets, wood or metal, a bright or neutral color, a door to hide the dishwasher or not, just open shelving – the works. It seems that you’ve got some serious thinking to do, but be encouraged. There are tons of solutions.