Kitchen Cabinet Design – All the Possibilities
Let’s do a little exercise. Go to your kitchen for a moment and take a look around you – what is the most significant item you see? In most cases, it will be the kitchen cabinets that enclose the space as if they are marking and defining their territory. The kitchen requires careful attention with respect to planning and design, its style creates an aesthetic statement, and the location of the cabinets with respect to the other components and appliances determines the flow in the space.
Planning According to Needs
Kitchen cabinets are at the heart of this important space. They are responsible for storing utensils, they are used as food pantries, and they provide a space to display decorative dishes. Kitchen cabinets that are designed correctly serve as a practical and aesthetic asset for years. In matching cabinets and their inner sections you must address several factors: the nature of kitchen conduct (cooking hours, lifestyle), the people typically stirring the cauldron (single tenant, couple, family with kids) and more. Characteristics such as height, depth, shape of the opening, sliding drawers, baskets, safety locks and so on, are the elements that dictate the internal design of the cabinets – and therefore it is important to think about all the details in advance.
The “10 Golden Questions” for Planning your Kitchen Cabinets
In order to be organized and to focus your considerations, here are ten central questions you need to consider when planning your next kitchen.
- How much was your triangle of kitchen operations (the lines connecting the sink, stove and refrigerator) carefully planned? This work triangle produces a majority of the activity, and therefore should not spread too far.
- How accurate were the measurements of your kitchen space that were presented before the kitchen designer? Incorrect measurements will produce cabinets that do not fit or extra spaces that are difficult to fill during the execution stage.
- Are you interested in customized kitchen cabinets or kitchen cabinets from the showcase? Customized kitchen cabinets require planning that takes time and professionals, but they are customized to the homeowners and their needs. However, in most cases, the cost of a kitchen from a “showcase” will be relatively low. The trial experience is ideal as you can already check the level of practicality from the displays at the store, examine the raw materials, the manner in which it is put together, and of course, get a first impression of the design.
- Are you familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of the possible raw materials for kitchen cabinets – various types of wood, MDF, sandwich boards, particle board and the like? Take into consideration that the outside and inside of the cabinets are not necessarily made of the same raw material.
- Will your kitchen cabinets contain staples or just screws? The quality of the connection between the parts will determine the amount of wear on the cabinets over time.
- What about fixtures? The convenience of opening and closing the kitchen cabinets is very important, not just the design element in selecting kitchen fixtures. Additionally, the quality of the materials and assembly will determine the durability of the cabinets for the long term and will impact the convenience of the work.
- What about product warranty? To which address will you refer when the need will arise? It is important to check the reservations and “fine print” with respect to materials that tend to erode and to know in advance the limits of liability of the manufacturer or assembler. For example – with the installation of surfaces and cladding by a Caeserstone company, you are granted a three-year warranty from the date of installation, provided that the installation is performed by a licensed processor.
- What safety measures have been taken as part of the kitchen planning? For houses with small children, safety locks should be considered, cabinets should have fixtures and handles that will not turn into a “ladder” for the kids to reach the counter and stove, and doors should close with mechanisms that prevent the occasional slamming of the finger.
- Is a toe kick included in the kitchen cabinet design? A toe kick is a unit that is situated at the bottom of the cabinets, perpendicular to the ground. For most, the height of the toe kick is about fifteen centimeters and its role is to protect the cabinets from penetrating liquids and collecting dirt. In the process of planning the kitchen cabinets it is important to check the durability of the materials from which it is made and how convenient it is to dismantle for thorough cleaning.
- From which materials will the cladding be made for the façade? It is important to recognize the differences between the common materials – marble, Caesarstone, melamine, veneer, Formica, glass, acrylic material or wood. You should think carefully about the design aspects and practical aspects of each of the materials, to what extent they erode, how easy they are to clean, etc.