Whether you’re a Masterchef who prepares elaborate meals every day, a busy body who survives on weekend meal prep or someone who prefers frozen meals, everyone needs a kitchen. Your purpose or usage behind owning a well-organized kitchen may be different, but having a customized, easy-to-use, filtered to your needs kitchen can save you a lot of time every day. If a stove and oven are the heart and soul of a kitchen, cabinets are the brains that run the whole operation. Here are 5 creative ways to design your kitchen cabinets to suit your needs.
1. Build Cabinets Inside Your Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands are the informal dining area of your kitchen. They work as a breakfast table, food prep counter as well as a buffet station. You can still make the most of it by adding cabinets underneath your kitchen island. You can build big custom cabinets to store large size pots and pans, electrical appliances or even the extras that you may use only for special occasions. This way you can double your storage space without sacrificing square footage.
2. Full Wall Cabinets for Smaller Kitchens
Storage becomes a pain point if you have a small kitchen. Limited counter and storage space can become a roadblock in your journey to becoming the Masterchef of your family! You can easily solve this problem by creating a stack of full wall cabinets. Utilizing every corner of your wall from floor to ceiling, you will be able to store away all the kitchen utensils, pantry items and appliances. Instead of spending on painting kitchen walls, you paint your cabinets. Make sure you also purchase a step stool or a rolling library ladder to reach those tall cabinets!
3. Lazy Susan Solutions for Kitchen Corners
The corner cabinets in many kitchens are treated as a waste of space. They are sometimes called the ‘Bermuda triangle’ of the kitchen because anything that enters the corner cabinets, may never see the light of day again! Because of their tricky location, they are used to store miscellaneous utensils and appliances that you rarely use. Adding a few simple design improvements to this corner can help you make the most of the space. You can add a rolling Lazy Susan in the corner which can be easily rotated or even pulled out for easy access. This way you’ll be able to get what you need without having to crawl inside of the cabinet. You can also add rolling sliders to store pans or chopping boards in that corner space.
4. Push to Open Cabinet Doors
A new trend in kitchen cabinets designs is ‘push to open’ cabinet doors. These hardware-free, sleek and modern-looking cabinets enhance the look and feel of your kitchen. They also make it easier to open your cabinets when your hands are full. Simply push on the front with your hand, elbow or foot, and the door will glide open. You can purchase push-to-open or soft close hinges from a local hardware store and hire a local handyman to drill them on the bottom of your cabinet openings for easy use. You can also get magnetic push latches. These hinges take less space, are easy to install, economical and provide a sleek look to your cabinets.
5. Space Saving Shelf & Drawer Sliders
Homeowners often face kitchen storage issues whether they have a small kitchen or a big one. Making space for pantry items, utensils and appliances can be creatively solved by organizing your kitchen cabinets with space-saving shelves and drawer sliders. You can hire a kitchen designer to help you build custom kitchen cabinetry to suit all of your storage needs. You can build a pull-out pantry for spices, a pull-out rack for pans and lids, build compartments in drawers to fit in your spoons and cutlery, a dedicated space for kitchen cleaning items below the sink etc. Based on your needs, your usage and the number of people using the kitchen, you can custom design cabinets with a kitchen designer of your choice from HomeStars.
Be it painting your cabinets, refacing or refurbishing them, adding new hardware or creating a pantry space, you can hire a local cabinetry specialist to assist you with the project. Make sure you check their Star Score, reviews and Verified badge before hiring them for the project. Whatever you need help with, there’s a pro on HomeStars who can help you make your kitchen more functional for you.