Kitchen Cabinets, Drawers, Shelves
Kitchen Drawers & Shelves, Not Just A Lot Of Cabinets
The first few kitchen trends catching on in 2014 seem to be taken from commercial
kitchens and bars. Keep things simple and use a combination of cabinets, drawers and shelves in the kitchen instead of just a lot of traditional kitchen cabinets.
Pots & Pans Storage
Better Homes & Gardens reports that many kitchen
Designers are replacing traditional spaces with shelves and drawers. The idea is about functionality and ease of use. You know what a
pain it is to dig out a pots and pans from under the counter from a deep cabinet. Why not replace these with a series of drawers with full roller
pullout draws. You can get to what you want quicker and easier and store far more in drawers than in a cabinet where much of the space above
the pots on the shelf are empty. A bottom drawer for tall pots, a center drawer for medium pans and the usual shallow shelf for knives and utensils.
Better functionality and more "usable" storage space is the result. If you like this idea, it is not too hard to convert existing cabinets to drawers.
Kitchen Cabinets Vs. Shelves
Above the countertop most kitchen have only rows of cabinets. Now if you
think about efficiency and ease of use, open shelves may be the answer. Everything is right in front of you and open to see and grab when you need it
without opening and closing doors every time you want a dish or need a certain spice. The draw back to this design is neatness. Doors hide a lot of
clutter. If you have open shelving, it will be difficult and time consuming to keep everything neat and those doors also protect the contents from dust
and splattering grease and accidental breakage. You might want to compromise with a few open shelves and maybe glass doors instead of all open shelves.
If your kitchen pantry is like mine, it is just a closet with a lot of shelves.
Deep shelves where cans of food hide themselves like rabbits in a briar patch. Here again you might want to think about drawers that can be pulled out
to gain easier access to those things hiding in the rear. Lighting is also a factor. Make sure you have plenty of lights in the pantry. Maybe an LED
light strip that comes on automatically when you pull out the drawer and does off when you close it. Again, these are ideas are not that complicated
and even in the realm of the do-it-yourselfer on a weekend. A pantry with a combination of shelves and drawers makes that old food closet much more functional and efficient.
Sounds like today's trends are about making the kitchen more functional, not
just about beauty. A beautiful kitchen is great but a beautiful and functional kitchen is fantastic!