A LITTLE BIT OF ADVICE
Discount Cabinets Has All The Answers…
By Andrew Kucel
Cabinet Type and Replacement.
You’ve measured your kitchen, checked your measurements at least twice and now it’s time to decide what cabinets should go where. Your walls probably are not whole inches. They’ll be 114.5” or 89.875” IT’S OKAY. Wall and base fillers can be cut to size, if required ( and usually are) by your installer. Your job here is to determine what type of cabinets you want and where to place them.
There are 3 basic types of cabinets;
Base cabinets (the lower ones): Standard Base cabinets are 24” deep (out from the wall) and 34-1/2” in height (so with a 1-1/2” counter top the height is 36”)
Vanity Base cabinets are 21” deep and 34-1/2” tall; so named because they are often used as bath vanities. These shallower base cabinets can also be used for kitchen islands if you are tight on space.
Wall cabinets (the upper ones): These are 12” deep and can come in heights of 30”, 36” or 42”. The reason for the variants in cabinet height is that ceiling heights vary and some people like to have the upper cabinets go up to the ceiling, others leave space at the tops of the cabinets, or want to install crown moulding. When determining the height of the wall cabinets you will want to make sure there is at least 18” of clearance between the countertop and the bottom of the upper cabinets.
Pantry cabinets (the tall ones): Typical pantries come in 84”, 90” or 96” heights and are 24” or 27” deep and 18”, 24” and 30” wide. These units are great for flexible storage because of the volume of goods they can hold and more come with adjustable shelves and pull out trays.
Obviously the widths of cabinets vary greatly from 9” to as wide as 60”, depending of the purpose of the unit. Getting the most accurate measurements allows you to know exactly what combination will perfectly fill the space and efficiently place appliances.
“Your job here is to determine what type of cabinets you want and where to place them.”
We start in a corner. Usually, with a Lazy Susan. Most of ours require 36” wall space on both walls. Then moving towards the sink, knowing that the sink is usually centered under a window with a dishwasher to the right or left of it, we’ll determine how much space is left. This pretty much dictates what size of cabinet(s) to place. You’ll probably want standard cabinets for the storage of pots and pans close to the dishwasher and stove. Possibly, a drawer base to hold flatware and towels next to the sink. You’ll want to try to keep balance and symmetry throughout your plan and decide what is going to be the focal point of your kitchen.
Undoubtedly, there is a lot to consider. How tall do I want them? Do we want crown molding or light rails? What sides of the range do I store things? The choices are yours to consider. What is most efficient for you and/or will appeal to the next owner? That is a really great question to continually ask yourself.
We are here to help. If you need help measuring or laying out your kitchen we can help after you decide what style cabinet you want.