10 Must have kitchen cabinet features for your new kitchen
Looking for some kitchen inspiration? You can narrow down your search by giving attention to your kitchen cabinet.
The kitchen is the heart of any home, and the cabinets are the backbone of the kitchen. When renovating, the right kitchen cabinet features will help you maximise the nooks and cranies of your kitchen whilst keeping it pretty and functional.
From sleek and modern to rustic and charming, the kitchen cupboard and kitchen drawers are not just storage spaces, but an opportunity to showcase your personality and style.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 must-have kitchen cabinet features and kitchen cabinet design ideas that will hopefully inspire you and excite you into putting more thought into your cooking station.
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Top kitchen cabinet features
To get you started on the right track, here are 10 must have kitchen cabinets features for your new kitchen:
1. Drawer systems
Drawer systems have become incredibly diverse in recent years. Sooo many drawer system choices are available and it is important to ensure you are purchasing a kitchen with quality, easy to use and durable drawers. Drawer cabinets look fantastic, are incredibly useful and maximise storage space.
Not only do they offer a more ergonomic approach to kitchen design, but they also make the most of available space. For example, rather than a single cabinet with 2 shelves (which provides limited shelf space), you could instead have 3 or even 4 drawers contained within the same sized cabinet.
There is even a huge number of drawer inserts systems available for inside each drawer, so, even each drawer can be organised perfectly to suit its intended use. Ask us about the different drawer system features, and how each type differs to ensure the right fit for you.
2. Pull-Out Systems
A flawless kitchen design can be marred by the addition of certain basic essentials. For example, every kitchen needs a garbage bin, but no one really wants to see it squatting alongside your brand new kitchen cabinets. This issue can be resolved by incorporating pull-out systems into the kitchen design.
Pull-out units are highly functional and can be used to conceal garbage bins, paper towel holders or the kitchen spice rack – basically, anything that you don’t want to have out on display.
These pull-out units can make a great addition to any new kitchen as they are discreet, streamlined, ergonomic and can be installed in tight spaces that are unsuitable for other kitchen cabinets.
3. Integrated appliances
Integrated appliances have been around for quite a few years now, but more and more are becoming available. Integrated appliances are a great way of hiding an appliance that may otherwise have a negative impact on the kitchen design.
Rather than having your fridge or dishwasher stand out in stark contrast to the rest of the kitchen cabinets, integrated facia panels will conceal these appliances behind a façade that matches the rest of the kitchen. Have a look through your preferred brands integrated appliance range before finalising your kitchen design.
4. Corner Storage Solutions
Gone are the days when the corner cupboard was largely a waste of space – incorporating corner storage solutions will allow you to effectively use every bit of cupboard space available.
Common corner storage solutions include ‘Lazy Susan’ shelves that pivot on a central axis, blind corner cabinets and Blum corner drawers (which look fantastic and are highly functional).
5. Soft-close kitchen cabinet doors
What if you’re only aiming at replacing kitchen cabinet doors only? Introducing soft-close kitchen cabinet doors: a must-have feature for any modern kitchen. They provide a gentle and quiet closing mechanism that prevents the slamming of doors and drawers, which can be both annoying and damaging.
Soft-close doors also extend the life of your kitchen cabinets and reduce wear and tear, making them an excellent investment in the long run.
6. Under-cabinet lighting
Under cabinet lighting is a fantastic way to enhance the ambiance of your kitchen and make it more functional. It provides additional lighting for your work area, making it easier to prepare meals and perform other kitchen tasks.
It’s also a great way to highlight your countertops, backsplash, or other decorative features in your kitchen.
7. Pull-out shelves
Pulll-out shelves are a great addition to any kitchen as they provide easy access to pots, pans, and other kitchen items. They are designed to slide out smoothly, allowing you to quickly locate the item you need without having to dig through a cluttered cabinet.
Roll-out shelves also make it easier to store heavier items and reduce the strain on your back and shoulders, making them a functional and ergonomic addition to your kitchen.
8. Spice rack pull-out
Ever seen those modern white kitchen cabinet photos that opens to neatly stacked bottles of condiments and spices? Pretty cool, no?
A spice rack pull-out is a convenient feature that allows you to easily access and organise all your spices. They typically come with adjustable shelves, so you can customise the size of the compartments according to your needs.
Spice rack pull-outs can be installed in a small cabinet next to the stove or oven, making it easy to access your spices while cooking. This feature can save you time and frustration, as you won’t have to search through a cluttered drawer or shelf to find the spice you need.
9. Toe kick drawers
Admit it: there were times when you stubbed your toe or hit your knee on your kitchen cabinet handles. It hurt every time, and you wished you could do away with those pesky handles, right?
Well, here comes toe kick drawers! They are an innovative storage solution that utilises the space under your cabinets. They are perfect for storing baking trays or other flat items that are typically difficult to store in standard cabinets. And, there’s less to zero chances of hurting your toe or knee!
Toe kick drawers are ideal for maximising storage space in small kitchens. They are also perfect for individuals with limited mobility as they allow for easier access to items stored in the drawers.
10. Vertical tray storage
Vertical tray storage is a great way to organise your baking sheets, cutting boards, and other flat items in your kitchen. It allows you to keep these items organised and easily accessible. They make it easier to prepare meals and bake your favorite dishes.
Vertical tray storage can be incorporated into a cabinet with dividers or slots that hold the baking sheets and cutting boards securely in place. With these in your kitchen cabiinets, you no longer have to stack your baking sheets and cutting boards on top of each other, which can lead to scratches and damage.
Get custom kitchen cabinet features with McColl Cabinet Makers
When it comes to designing a bespoke kitchen, some of the most important decisions you make will relate to the kitchen cabinetry.
Beyond the basics such as colour and finish, kitchen cabinets determine exactly how much storage you’ll have, how easy the area will be to navigate and ultimately, how much enjoyment you’ll derive utilising the kitchen space.
Ultimately, the best storage solution will depend on the overall design of the kitchen, so it’s a good idea to consult with a kitchen design expert early on.
With over 25 years of experience in creating custom cabinetry, McColl Cabinetmakers combine superior construction techniques with a passion for design. We specialise in renovating kitchens Ipswich, Brisbane, and Gold Coast.
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