Tips for Building Kitchen Base Cabinets
Kitchen base cabinets are a vital component of any kitchen. They provide ample storage for small appliances and cookware, and anything else that you may want to tuck away. Building your own base cabinets isn't difficult, and will allow you to make customizations that wouldn't be available on stock models. Here are a couple things that will help you, and allow you to create the perfect base cabinets for your needs.
Consider the Storage Needed
If you are only storing basic cookware, you won't need a ton of space. However, if you have appliances that you don't use daily, and don't want clogging up valuable counter space, you may need extra room. It's not a bad idea to take stock of what you have in the kitchen. Measuring common appliances, like toasters, bread makers and slow cookers will allow you to create custom dimensions to fit your needs. It will also help keep the clutter to a minimum in the cabinets. For base cabinets that will store food products, consider adding a Lazy Susan. You can build these directly in to the cabinet, and create a completely custom storage solution.
Single Cabinets vs Multiple Cabinets
One of the best things about creating your own base cabinets, is you have full control over how you will build and install them. Most kitchen cabinets come in sectioned pieces, that need to be installed individually. With custom base cabinets, you can choose to build a single unit with varying shelving systems and drawers. You can add facing that creates the look of several cabinets, so only you know it was a single unit. The benefit to this is easier installation. The disadvantage would be moving the unit, and trying to install counter depth appliances later would be impossible. If your kitchen is fully stocked, and you don't plan on remodeling or adding new appliances, the single cabinet may be the easiest way to go.
Be Creative but Be Realistic
Lime green base cabinets may coordinate well with the retro style you've chosen for your kitchen, but you will likely outgrow this. If you ever want to sell the house, you may have a hard time getting potential buyers to appreciate your style as well. Instead of going crazy with the colors, look at different ways to style the cabinets. You can create inserts for the doors that will allow you to add a pop of color, and change it easily later if you ever want to. The inserts can either slide in place, or you can create a picture frame style with tabs on the back that hold the panel in place. Creating a unique border on the cabinets, by using edging, is another way to add some flair, without dating the style. Brightly colored edging can be replaced easily, if you ever change your decor, or list your home for sale.