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Build a Buffet, Hutch or Dry Bar

October 29, 2014No comments

Bayport Cherry Russet cabinets in built-in bar and bookshelves with glass door cabinets surrounding stone fireplace

Creating Custom Furniture From Cabinets

Are you looking for the perfect bar or hutch for a dining room, hallway or entertainment space? Skip the furniture stores. There is an economical alternative that will be a perfect fit and complement your home’s style – build a custom buffet, bar or locker zone with cabinets. Designing built-in furniture from cabinets is a bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. To get the best results, work with a kitchen designer who has extensive knowledge of cabinetry and trim.

Modern wine storage bar in CliqStudios Dayton cabinet style painted carbon.

In the historic guest cottage pictured above, black cabinets (CliqStudios Dayton Painted Carbon) are used to create a custom wine bar that beautifully complements the rich woods and architectural style of the original space.

When determining the outline of your piece, remember cabinets can be ordered in reduced or increased depth to perfectly fit the space. Think about how you will use the space. Do you want to create a focal point with glass-door cabinets or a wine rack? Is this your opportunity to incorporate a special storage solution such as roll-out shelves or deep drawers?

shallow buffet built of white shaker cabinets with textured glass doors and sash pulls

The buffet pictured above, built with reduced-depth cabinets, fits gracefully into a shallow space. Crown molding, light rail and decorative door panels on the ends finish the piece for a furniture effect. Glass doors compel attention and provide a traditional touch. The buffet wall serves as a graceful transition between the new kitchen cabinets and the architectural style of rest of the house.

When you have the cabinet layout, it’s time to create the furniture effect. Determine whether you want the piece to blend with your home’s architecture or decor, or stand out as a special feature. Decorative accessories to consider include ogee base, crown molding, island legs and furniture feet . Before you order cabinetry, your designer will provide computer-generated color images of the piece in your room, so you can be sure it will have the style you are looking for.

Do you have a wall or corner that is asking to be transformed into a beautiful hutch, buffet or bar? Contact our design studio. One of our experts will be happy to help you create a built-in furniture piece that complements your style and optimizes the use of your space.

What corner of your house is asking for a custom solution? Share your thoughts with our readers.

laundry room locker zone created with white shaker cabinets and beadboard wall
Stop the clutter at the door with a well-organized locker zone.
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