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How to Add Functional Cabinetry into Your Kitchen Design

Aug 3, 2017

Hines - How to Add Functional Cabinetry into Your Kitchen Design

You have plenty to keep in mind when deciding how to redesign your kitchen. Whether it’s material, color, composition or overall look, there are a lot of decisions to be made about where you and your family spend much of your time together.

There are going to be a lot of contractors and designers you talk to who give their opinion on cabinetry, and you’re going to have to decide the best way to add functional cabinetry into your kitchen design. We have some tips to help you along the way.

First of all, you need to think of the different ways that you are going to be using your kitchen. For many people the kitchen isn’t just a place for cooking - it’s a gathering place for friends and family, a workspace for school projects and for many people it becomes a de facto in-home office. To make sure you add the most functionality possible, it’s important to have a clear vision and ask yourself questions like, what are you going to keep there? Do you want storage to be optimal for a lot of pots, pans, and baking sheets? Where will you need counter space for meal prep and where will you need space for entertaining or projects? You may already be set on a specific style, like shaker or modern, or you may even have a specific manufacturer picked out, like Mid Continent cabinetry, or Wolf cabinets. No matter your choice, think about if the layout also ensured your kitchen goodies fit nicely out of sight?  It’d be nice, right? Well it’s possible. It’s just about coming up with a vision, conveying that to your contractor, and confirming that your vision is executed to your liking.

One thing you’ll definitely want to focus on is outlet placement. Older style kitchens don’t have many, and when you have to unplug your toaster oven or blender to charge your phone, then you need more. This situation can be avoided if you’re undergoing a revamp of the kitchen. Did you know that there are designs that can include outlets inside of drawers? This way, you don’t have to see the actual outlets and can even plug in your phone  and hide it inside the drawer while it charges. You can also have outlets that pop up from the counter and include USB ports in addition to traditional outlets.

Another thing you can do with your kitchen cabinets is create custom wine racks. If you’re a wine connoisseur, this could be a great added functionality for your mid continent cabinetry. Plus, when guests come over and you ask them if they want a drink and you go to this feature, it will truly knock their socks off to see how you have such a unique wine storage system.

Space is key, and using it the right way is important. As mentioned before, if you have a lot of pots, pans, and other storage containers, you’re going to want to use your space wisely because often times we have more stuff than space. In many designs, you can have dividers installed so you can divide a cabinet into sections dedicated to specific items. For example, there could be cookie sheets, cutting boards and oven trays, just to list a few.

Another function you may want to look into is roll out shelving, as suggested by HGTV.com. They say that roll out shelving is a must, and we agree. It’d be awfully nice to not have to get down on the ground and dig around for things. If you can just roll the drawer out, your tools, pots and pans will all be more easily accessible for your cooking needs.

Have you ever heard of a minimalist rack? Well if you haven’t, look it up. This is another favorite tool for you to invest in when it comes to storage. These racks hang on the inside of your cabinet doors, and while you may have stored all your pots and pans, these are designed to hold multiple lids. How many times have you found the right storage container, but had to default to another when you couldn’t find the lid? These racks eliminate this problem, making your life that much easier.

If you ever find yourself having to juggle your cooking and baking (particularly around the holidays) because you only have limited oven space Better Homes & Gardens points out that new cabinet designs allow you to install double ovens. This can be quite expensive and is only practical if you’re cooking quite often, but it looks really cool and you’ll be grateful you splurged during large holiday parties or dinner gatherings! However, if you don’t think you need this, then it’s probably not practical or financially responsible to go this route.

Don’t forget about a drawer that serves as a convenient and out of sight place for your trash and recycling bins. Often times, kitchen trash bins are an unappealing eye-sore as they quickly becomes dirty or cluttered when they fill up. Having a roll-out pail allows you to easily access your bins and, just as smoothly, hide them away.

Your cabinetry options are getting more and more vast by the day, but if you want to make the most use of your cabinetry, consider some of these upgrades. It’s best to go into the remodel process with a vision and understand how you want to use your kitchen. Do you want to store a lot of stuff while maintaining a clean, modern look? Then let your contractor or designer know. Work together to devise a plan that gets you everything you want, and then some.