Kitchen Cabinet Planning
Kitchen cabinets are essential for preparing our meals, as well as for storing our food and dishes. We spend a lot of time at home in the kitchen. Without kitchen cabinets, these everyday activities would be a chore. When planning a new kitchen, it is important that you take your time and do your research thoroughly.
Be aware of traffic patterns in and out of the kitchen. The total footage of the three sides of the work triangle formed by the distances between the refrigerator, the stove and the sink must not be less than 10 ‘nor greater than 25’. The height of the counter is generally 36 “, and the space between the base and the upper cabinets is 16” to 18 “. The depth of the cabinet is 24” but the countertop will hang more than 1 “ending at 25”.
Kitchen sink cabinets are often focused on a widow, providing better lighting and a view of the outside. Doors are mounted underneath for storage and access to plumbing. The dishwasher is located to the left or right of the sink cabinet for easy access. A false drawer front is mounted in front of the sink, which can be hinged to fold down. A plastic tray mounted on the back of this is used to store wet sponges and rings.
The oven cabinets, which are necessary only if you plan to purchase a separate cooktop, have drawers underneath for storing pots and pans. A microwave can be placed on top of the oven if there is enough space. Doors are typically top-mounted for added storage space. Behind the top doors, dividers can be added to accommodate cookie sheets and other large, flat plates.
Cooktops are cut into the countertop while large drawers are installed underneath. Pots and pans are stored here for easy access. The top drawer should be cut thinner to allow it to pass unobstructed under the cooking surface. If your cooktop is too thick, the top drawer is completely removed leaving a false front. This can be folded down and a plastic tray can be mounted to store small kitchen utensils.
The pantry can be a closet or just a closet with shelves. If the pantry is part of the kitchen cabinets, it may have pull-out or can-storage drawers. Regardless of how you decide to design your pantry cabinet, you will have your canned goods, boxed foods, and many other foods that we use in the kitchen.
You can add so many different things to your kitchen cabinets. Sliding Trash Drawer, Lazy Susan Cabinet, Range Hood Cabinet, Spice Racks, Appliance Garage, and Refrigerator Cabinet are just a few. Your local cabinetmaker can give you more ideas when planning kitchen cabinets.