In a kitchen renovation, you may focus on the new cabinetry's colour and texture options. While it's fun to get creative, don't forget about the practicalities. Here are several tips.
No Wasted Spots
The more storage you have, the easier it will be to stay organised when using the kitchen. Thus, don't waste any spots. For example, you could install a U-shaped drawer under the sink and another square or rectangular drawer under that if space permits. In the corners of the room, you could fit L-shaped drawers. One benefit of drawers over cupboards is that you can pull them out to easily see everything at the back. You could custom build a narrow mini-pantry with pull-out wire baskets to use every available nook and cranny in the room.
Appliances come in all shapes and sizes. You may be able to match finishes by opting for stainless steel, for example, but inevitably, fridges and ovens are different shapes. To hide the variances and create a more uniform, streamlined look, build the cabinetry around these devices. Integrating the appliances gives you control over what becomes the focal point. For example, you might want an attractive faux timber finish on the cupboards to be the star of the kitchen.
A kitchen bin can be an eyesore if you don't plan a spot in the cabinetry. Integrated bin units come in various configurations, so you can choose a capacity that's right for you. Make sure, though, to locate the bin conveniently. Near the countertop food-preparation area and the dishwasher is best. Thus, when chopping food, you can easily reach the bin and not walk too far. Similarly, before putting bowls and plates in the dishwasher, you can easily scrape food scraps into the bin.
Floor to Ceiling Cabinetry
Just because kitchens traditionally have several walls of upper cabinetry doesn't mean you have to automatically fall into line. A kitchen can feel airier without so many high cupboards on multiple walls. However, it's best not to scrimp when it comes to storage, as it can lead to clutter on the benchtops. One possibility is to install floor-to-ceiling storage on one wall only to make up for the lack of upper cabinetry on other walls. However, what's possible for you depends on your specific layout and needs.
Another aspect to consider is that drawers are usually more efficient than traditional cupboards, so you may require less cabinetry overall. Drawers come in different depths to hold items of varying heights, whereas cupboards offer the same sized shelves for everything. Thus, while a tall cereal box may use cupboard space efficiently, shorter objects such as a can of spaghetti will leave a lot of dead, wasted space.
Reach out to a local remodelling contractor to get more ideas on your custom kitchen.