Types of Cabinets

Cabinets form the backbone of the kitchen and may add value, function and beauty to your kitchen. In its simplest form, a cabinet is just a box on the wall. Yet, after layout, the next most important factor in kitchen design is the choice of cabinets.

There are three types of basic cabinets: wall, base and tall. Variations on these basic cabinets will function to store specific cookware, display art or dishware and reinforce a style with special cabinet design.

Cabinets can be combined to form another cabinet type. For example, stacked wall cabinets can form a tall utility or pantry cabinet that reaches from floor to ceiling. Combining base and wall cabinets for an island can create a unique design.  A drawer base cabinet can be stacked with a wall cabinet to configure a wall oven cabinet. Combinations of basic cabinets can be used to create an endless assortment of custom kitchens.

Base Cabinets

Base cabinets set the footprint for your floor plan and bear most of the everyday work. Base cabinets are mounted on the floor that support the countertops.  Kitchen islands are created from base cabinets combined and installed on site.

Wall Cabinets

The obvious – wall cabinets are cabinets that mount to the wall. Wall cabinets have the most design flexibility: three different heights, multiple widths, custom depth options and glass door options. Wall cabinets stacked as base and tall cabinets from floor to ceiling create an accent wall that can house everything from cookbooks to appliances. Wall cabinets can extend to the ceiling, making use of high spaces for storing infrequently used specialty serveware and cookware.

Pantry/Utility Tall Cabinets

A tall pantry or utility cabinet can extend from floor to ceiling. It provides as much as four cubic feet more storage than a wall and base cabinet in the same space. As a pantry it provides storage for everything from small appliances to canned goods. The tall utility cabinet can also be configured to accommodate built in ovens and microwaves.

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