Freestanding Kitchen Cabinet: 5 Design Ideas Freestanding Kitchen Cabinet: 5 Design Ideas

Freestanding kitchen cabinets are the ‘in things’ today to add a classic tone to the kitchen. It can be an expensive addition to the kitchen, but it is a worthwhile expense provided enough thought and attention have been given to the design, making and finish of the freestanding kitchen cabinets. Easy to dismantle and rearrange, they are functional and ideal for storage and add grace and elegance to your kitchen.

You have a wide variety of cabinets available in the market today. Elegant ones made of wood with sleek-looking metallic-tone doors and attractive knobs, as well as cabinets made from glass and durable plastic (more economically priced) are available. Most of them come with storage space below with countertops in a variety of shapes and ranges.  Here are some design considerations to keep in mind when choosing or designing freestanding kitchen cabinets. 

1. Utility:

Kitchen cabinets can be designed to double up for storage, as well as kitchen work space, and to be used as desks, as eating surfaces or as a serving bar. Making suitable changes in the height, width or depth design can allow kitchen cabinets to have multiple uses. It is essential to design and plan ahead for installing any kitchen appliances into the kitchen cabinets.

2. Different Shapes:

While a square or a rectangular cabinet may be available ready-made, corner or curved cabinets must be custom made to fit the exact corner in your kitchen or dining area. A little more expensive maybe, but they add to the character of the kitchen. Rectangular cabinets are the most popular and utilitarian. Either used as an island in the center or set up against a wall, they serve well for storage and making the kitchen cook-friendly.

3. Sizes:

A base kitchen cabinet with drawers, with sizes using the three-inch increment system, may be available from 12 to 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep, and will be 34-1/2 inches tall, which will reach 36 inches height with the countertop. These will work well with most kitchen appliances, which are of standard size. The shelf may be full depth at 24 inches or half-depth at 12 inches. Tall cabinets are mostly 84 inches, 90 inches or 94 inches tall.  If the cabinet is parked under a wall cabinet, we must remember to have at least 16 them space in between, as all countertop appliances need that much space for easy working.

4. Material:

While cherry is popularly used for cabinetry, cabinets can be made distinct by using woods like pine, oak and maple, depending on your budget. Recessed panels or raised panes or slab doors are popular options for doors. Granite, marble or limestone, ceramic-tile countertop, wood or even concrete are popular countertop options.

5. Finish:

Mixing and matching refinishing in wood and in different textures make the cabinets look dramatic. Faux finishing can be done for giving mimicking finishes as different as marble, antique and whatever else your creativity inspires. Decorative pulls and knobs add grace and beauty.


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