Kitchen-units: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Kitchen Units

A permanent installation for storage such as cabinets, drawers and pantries. Generally composed of two basic sections. Cabinets that are held to the wall are Wall Units or wall cabinets. Cabinets that are mounted on the floor are called Floor Units, base cabinets or Floor cabinets.

In building anything, It helps to understand the living conditions of the household the kitchen is being built for. This includes the number of residents, their daily schedule and lifestyle such as eating and cooking habits. Consider special specifications for the elderly and handicap.

How to plan a kitchen layout?

Planning a kitchen from scratch can sometimes be overwhelming. It is a very elaborate task since it involves many elements and factors. To guide you with planning your kitchen, whether you a making a small one, simple and compact, where the shape and size of the room will mostly determine its layout. Or bigger kitchens having more options, it's best to equip yourself with the concept of the Kitchen Work Triangle. This method is used to determine the most efficient way to position the primary task carried out between the cooktop, the sink, and the Refrigerator. Typical kitchen layouts are a galley, L-shaped, U-shaped. When all these major elements in their respective places have been decided, we can go into the specifications and details of the kitchen units. For more information in building your kitchen consult kitchen planners

How to install kitchen units?

If you decide to take on the task of installing your cabinets, be ready with all the tools and materials on hand before you start your project. The basic tools you will be needing are a level, screw driver (screw gun), and a drill. Depending on your skill level, the time it will take you to you take on this task could be 2 to 4 days. Using ready made kitchen cabinet and having a helping hand with you will reduce this time.

Start with measuring the height of your base cabinet. Standard heights are 32”-34” and 18”-20” for backsplashes. Adding these two lengths together will amount to somewhere between 70”-74” from the floor to the bottom of the wall units. (Its best to refer to the average heights of the residents in the home when deciding this detail.) With a pencil and a level, draw a horizontal line across the whole length of the wall where you plan to install your cabinets. Drill the ledger or support below the line. This line will serve as your guide and support for the cabinets while you drill and install them onto the wall. Make sure you temporarily remove the doors and hardware for easy handling. After all the wall units are installed, you can start on your base cabinets. Drill the holes wherever it is needed through any shims. Continue this for the rest of the neighboring cabinets. Drill out provisions for the wires and pipes. After everything is in place, attach the doors and hardware then install a toe kick to cover the gap along the bottom.

How do I make the most of my small kitchen?

The best kitchens are personalized to fit how you use one of the most integral part of the home. Many kitchen manufacturers provide a wide array of personalized smart kitchen storage solutions. Don't overlook narrow spaces. Utilize them by installing pull out cabinets that use a shelf system that slides out. Constructing your wall units to use the space all the way to the ceiling is a great way to extend the amount of storage available. Its best to build up, not build out. For solutions like this, adding a step stool can easily make that space accessible. Creating floor to ceiling kitchen units can provide a fully functional pantry. Installed with the right accessories such as baskets, shelves, pull out drawers in a variety of heights, depth and sizes, this pantry can easily to accommodate all types of food and ingredients.

How to set a budget?

When you have established the needs and requirements of this home, how you can accomplish all that with how much you want to spend. Create a comprehensive list of what you want to accomplish. Take note as many details as possible. Including prices and refine it along the way. Being able to see everything written down is your first step of being aware of how massive a project you will take on. You will be surprised on how all these small things put together can come up to a considerable amount when accumulated. This is where knowing your priorities can come in handy. From there you can decide what stays or what goes. Consider not only the cost of built in kitchen cabinets and materials but also installation, labor and the time it will take to install everything and complete the project.

How to Personalize my kitchen.

Do your research and talk to professionals like Interior Designer-Decorators and when all is that done, create a kitchen that is uniquely you. When choosing materials, value its durability, versatility and then it’s style. Adding mirrors can have the illusion to expand the space. Where in glass gives the illusion of not taking up any visual space. Cabinet doors and countertops cover a large surface area. Choose wisely, sleek and lasting designs are safe and will not easily go out of style. Use classic colors to cover major areas and accents or pops of color that can be expressed in accessories. These can be changed out more easily if you get tired if it. There are many door style and surface finishes to choose from that will help you attain this. And best of all, when you've cleared out and cleaned out the brand new kitchen, you can start curating all the Plates, pots, pans and items you have into these tailored spaces. Setting everything in their proper place.