Kitchen cabinet designs can play a major role in an overall kitchen design. The right choice of kitchen cabinets can add any kind of nuance desired in kitchen remodeling, and beautiful kitchen cabinets will attract the attention of the eye more than any other feature.
The options for kitchen cabinet designs are as numerous and varied as the types of people who use them, and deciding on the right kitchen cabinets can make or break a kitchen design. Here are a few kitchen remodeling ideas for cabinetry that may help narrow the field.
A simple and economic design for kitchen cabinets is a two-shelf utility cabinet. The 4-foot by 2-foot size can be adaptable for plates, glassware, and larger items like serving platters, tea services, and small appliances. This cabinet can be made from ¾ inch plywood which can then be trimmed with doors and finished with stain or veneer to dress it up.
Simple hand tools like a circular saw, router, claw hammer, power drill, and layout square are all that are needed. Shelves are cut to size, as are the sides, the back, and the top pieces. Then the dadoes are cut into the side pieces for the shelving and the back piece for mounting. The cabinet is then assembled with nails, screws, and wood glue and then mounting can be done. Doors are optional and will be added after mounting, if used. Further instructions can be seen at woodworking.about.com
Of course, nicer woods can be used in kitchen cabinet designs. Oak, maple, and even cherry can be incorporated into kitchen design for kitchen cabinets. Depending on the kitchen remodeling budget, a fantastic new look can be had for a small portion of what a kitchen remodeling contractor may charge for pre-made units of kitchen cabinets.
One kitchen design plan for kitchen cabinets can be downloaded at plansnow.com and includes 13 pages of instructions. This particular kitchen design is based on one 12-foot wall without a soffit, so that extra-tall 42-inch cabinets could be used. This plan can be adapted for appliances or windows and different styles of woods and doors. This design plan shows the materials and tools needed. The plan will cost about $1400 when using cherry wood, or less if a lower-grade material is used. This kitchen remodeling plan also includes space for a dishwasher and a kitchen sink, including all top and side cabinets.
The layout of the cabinets in conjunction with the appliances is a big part of kitchen cabinet designs. Placement of the appliances, like having the sink next to the dishwasher and the oven away from the refrigerator, is key in the design. The number of doors per cabinet is calculated at door width not exceeding its height. Other factors to consider are allowing 18 inches of counter space on each side of the range or oven, 18 inches of counter space on the side of the refrigerator where the door will open, and a maximum height of 42 inches for the hung cabinets. 36 inches needs to be allowed as well for the corridor or walkway between cabinetry after they are installed. Other tips for this type of cabinet installation can be seen at wise4living.com.