Drawers or Doors? Tips on Configuring Cabinets

There are so many decisions when it comes to kitchen remodeling, it can be overwhelming! When you finally decide on a cabinet style, you’ll next have to choose a layout. Part of the layout decision is choosing if you’ll have lower cabinets or lots of drawers. Older kitchens typically have drawers only immediately under the countertop, with cabinets beneath. Today’s kitchen designs are limited only by the cabinet manufacturer’s customization abilities.

Drawers or Doors Tips on Configuring Cabinets

A Case for Cabinets

Of course, you’ll want some drawers in your kitchen, but a case can be made to include cabinets as well. Cabinets have some great advantages over drawers in that the base shelf can hold items of just about any weight. The height of items is limited only by the height of the cabinet itself. If you have a lot of kitchen appliances of various heights, cabinets might be your best solution.

If you’re tired of having to empty out half of your cabinet to get to something in the back (and that’s you’re only reason for not wanting cabinets), most manufacturers offer pull-out shelves behind their cabinet doors. This gives you easy access to everything in the cabinet and allows you to use the space more completely. Keep in mind, some of the drawer glides have weight limits. If you have very heavy items to store, let your kitchen remodeling company know so they can determine if this is the best solution for your cabinets. Overall, you’ll find that cabinets are cheaper than drawers. This may be another reason to choose cabinets.

The Drawer Dilemma

Drawers have become an increasingly popular choice instead of lower cabinets. Both semi-custom and custom cabinet manufacturers offer drawer organization options. These organization options range from pegs to hold plates and bowls in place, to dividers for storage containers and lids. Drawers offer the benefit of being able to see everything at a glance, and easy organization of your kitchen essentials.

If you look at a kitchen design that has all drawers on the bottom rather than cabinets, it may initially look unusual. You may also dislike the horizontal lines created by lots of drawers. However, the biggest benefit of those drawers over a cabinet with pull-out shelving is the ability to use the entire depth of the drawer for storage and organization. The pull-out shelves behind cabinet doors are usually only a few inches deep, meaning you can’t have lots of small loose items without adding larger containers to hold them. Drawers offer more organizing options than cabinets.

Whether your kitchen remodel is going modern with lots of drawers, or you choose to stay with the more traditional option of cabinets and drawers, G.M. Roth Design Remodeling can help. Our design-build team has helped countless homeowners with their kitchen remodeling designs and we can help you with yours. Call (603) 880-3761 to schedule your no-obligation consultation today.

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