Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Cabinet Design

If your kitchen feels a little crowded and cramped, the solution starts with your cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Design

Photo: artistic-kitchen-designs.com

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Listen to BOB VILA ON KITCHEN CABINET DESIGN, or read text below:

The way they’re designed is a big factor:  cabinets are far more user-friendly than they used to be. The floor-to ceiling pantry cabinet with fold-out storage on the doors is a really popular option for storing cans and spices, and pull-out shelving and deep drawers has all but replaced the conventional box cabinet, because they make finding and reaching things so much easier.

Overhead cabinets are great if your kitchen is ample, but in a small kitchen they can be a little oppressive.  Glass-fronted cabinets open things up a little, and if you keep things neat, open shelving is a great way to display dishes and collectibles. Remember, cabinets should be designed as point-of-use storage:  if you keep things right where you use them, work in the kitchen gets a lot more efficient, and a lot more fun!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on kitchen cabinet design, consider the following Bob Vila articles:

Options for Kitchen Cabinets
Small Kitchen Design
Bob Vila’s Guide to Kitchen Cabinets