GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - The role of a good kitchen designer is to listen to the needs of the homeowner and provide creative and beautiful solutions that fulfill those needs. And when it comes to storage solutions there are three typical options for your base cabinets. Determining what will work best for you will require some thought and careful planning.
Consider what you need:
Functionality, ease of access, storage needs, and cost all play an important role in the decision making process. What am I storing, how do I want to access it and how will these decisions impact the budget? Asking yourself these questions will really help you create a new kitchen that works for you.
What do I need to know about choosing cabinets?
A standard base cabinet comes with a ¾ depth adjustable shelf. Why only ¾ deep? Ease of access is the most obvious reason. The ¾ depth shelf allows you to see what is stored below without getting on your hands and knees to see what's back there. The shallower depth also allows you to place taller items in the front of the cabinet. Full depth shelves, which many people prefer, are also an option. Just be aware of the accessibility and visibility issues that full depth shelves create. The standard base with the ¾ depth shelf is the least expensive option for basic base cabinet storage.
What about Roll Out Shelves?
If you still want full depth shelves but want to avoid the issues mentioned above; roll out kitchen shelves are the perfect solution to kitchen storage. This allows for excellent visibility and easy access to everything on the shelf. A standard base cabinet can accommodate up to three 4" high roll outs, although two roll outs are typical. The roll outs are adjustable so they can be spaced according to the height of the items that you are storing.
On the down side, in order to gain this great access and visibility you will have to go through a two-step process, opening the cabinet doors and then pulling out the roll out. The other issue that can occur is taller items, such as a cereal box, have a tendency to tip over on the 4" high shelf. An 8" high roll out that is the perfect solution for those tall objects. A standard base cabinet with two 4" high roll out shelves would be the more expensive storage option.
When should I choose drawers over shelves?
To avoid the two step access process, opening cabinet doors and then pulling out the roll out, a stack of drawers is the answer. Drawer stacks come in 2, 3, 4, and 5 drawer configurations A two drawer stack offers deep drawer storage, perfect for pots and pans, while a five drawer stack with its shallower drawer boxes lend themselves to placemats, napkins, or utensils. With widths available from 12" to 48" wide and the one-step access, drawer stacks offer abundant, easily visible storage. Drawer stacks fall in the middle of the pricing spectrum for base storage, typically more than the same size standard base, but less than the same cabinet with roll outs. Something to think about!
Put your thinking cap because these ideas are 4 you - hoping to make your life a little easier.
Photos and content courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry .
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