If you want more space and functionality in your kitchen, begin by reworking the cabinets. You might just find that you don't have to add a lot of space in order to get a lot of extra room. Here are 6 types of custom cabinets that can make your kitchen fun and efficient.
Extra Tall. Going vertical allows you to put more cabinet storage in the same amount of floor space. Most kitchen cabinets stop well before the ceiling, so you can gain anywhere from a few inches of room to nearly a foot of extra space. Use this extra shelving for less-used items like holiday ware or items used to entertain.
Slide-Out Garbage. Get the garbage cans out of sight and out of mind with a special cabinet. A slide-out cabinet allows you to tuck the garbage away along with a bin for recycling. By moving these two items off the floor, you gain space where people can use it and reduce overall mess in the kitchen.
Vertical Storage. Use a small but tall space to install a rack for storing slim items. This type of cabinet matches the surrounding wood trim but is usually open to the front. It has tall slats where you can store such things as baking sheets or cutting boards where they will be out of the way.
Deep Shelves. You may not be aware that you can boost cabinet storage by making the cabinets themselves deeper and wider. Many kitchens feature 24-inch depths on most cabinets, and perhaps even less in upper cabinets. You can often increase this up to 36 inches if you have the floor space. Deeper cabinets make great storage for large pots and pans or near deep appliances like the refrigerator.
Custom Drawers. Use custom designs to create the perfect drawer to store your knives or other well-used kitchen items. Custom drawers can be fitted with built-in storage designed specifically to hold a set of knives (often with a matching cutting board), to present a rack of spices, or to provide slots for your favorite baking accessories. Place this drawer within arms' reach of the prep or cooking area.
Narrow Sliders. Even a few inches of unused space can be converted into a slide-out cabinet. A pull-out cabinet designed with shelves with railings on each side could house anything from pantry items to spices to glasses.
Utilize one, two, or all of these unique specialty cabinets to use all your kitchen space wisely. You just might realize that you don't need to add as much extra room as you once thought. Contact a cabinet construction company for additional advice.