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The first step towards creating your dream kitchen is planning the cabinetry. Get the right cabinet type, size and look with this helpful guide.

Find the right fit

There are a lot of ingredients that go into a great kitchen, but the most important component is cabinetry. Quantity, placement and planned usage defines the visual look of your kitchen, as well as its functionality. Here’s what you need to consider when designing your own set-up.

Plan your storage

Armed with your kitchen dimensions, sketch out various layout and cabinetry configurations, mapping out where the under-bench, pantry and overhead storage will sit in relation to major appliances (the fridge, dishwasher and oven).

Factor in any specific requirements or preferences. Do you need to store bulky serving-ware and cookware? If so, you might want to include long deep drawers. Do you want to group small appliances in a designated cabinet? Is there space for a walk-in or corner pantry? It can be helpful to assess how much kitchenware and dry goods (such as tins and packets of pasta) you’ll need room for, and then add on an additional 20 percent to cover unforeseen extras.

While you want adequate storage for your needs, you also need to consider visual balance, kitchen proportions and the capacity of various cabinetry options. Standard overhead cabinets are 300mm deep, whereas base cabinets and drawers offer twice the depth. To avoid overcrowding, you might want to limit overhead cupboards, or break up an expanse of cabinetry with open shelves, which can make the zone feel more spacious.

Using standard-sized modular flatpack cabinets can help keep the cost down, while customisable cut-to-measure cabinets can be a great option if working with a challenging layout. Kaboodle Kitchen’s 3D kitchen planner can help you visualise how certain set-ups will look. It’s also worthwhile discussing ideas with an in-store kitchen design consultant - ask a Team Member for more details.

Black and white kitchen with brass accessories, handles and tapware.

Internal fit-outs

To maximise storage capacity, consider incorporating internal accessories. Deep drawers can be sectioned into user-friendly zones with dividers. Allocate an under-bench cabinet for pull-out bins, and upgrade corner cabinets with a specialist system like a rotating corner carousel. Another great addition for pantries and base cabinets are pull-out wire baskets, which enhance ease of access and visibility, ensuring nothing goes missing or expires at the back of the cupboard. Soft-closing hinges and drawer runners, as well as push-to-release mechanisms, can also improve usability.

Pull-out wire basket in a narrow black cabinet.

Cabinet door materials

Cabinetry doors and drawer fronts are available in various materials, finishes and colours to suit a range of budgets and styles.

  • Melamine: Melamine-faced door and drawer fronts come in various colours, woodgrain looks and finishes, including matt or high gloss, but are only available in a flat profile. They are durable, easy to maintain and budget-friendly.
  • Thermoformed: These heat-wrapped vinyl doors are a popular option with sleek appeal. They have sealed, seamless edges for a high-end look that is easy to clean. They can also be routed to create different profiles, with some resembling the look of solid timber. 
  • Paint your own: Kaboodle’s Paint Your Own range of raw board MDF door and drawer fronts are available in a variety of profiles, and can be customised in any paint shade for a truly personalised look. (A good tip is to use water-based paint, which is easy to apply.) 

A warm kitchen featuring black cabinetry and a timber benchtop.

Profile and hardware

Choosing a cabinetry profile and complementary hardware will bring your kitchen style together. For a minimalist feel, opt for sleek flat cabinetry fronts paired with discreet pulls. Cabinetry with Shaker-style raised borders, teamed with vintage-style brass handles, creates an elaborate look suited to Hamptons or provincial kitchens. For a textural backdrop at home in a coastal or country kitchen, consider the charm of a tongue-and-groove-inspired profile matched with timber knobs.

Mint green panelled cabinets in a contemporary farmhouse kitchen

Pick a colour

Choosing your cabinetry look is the fun part, yet the huge range of options can be a little overwhelming. White cabinetry is classic, fresh and can make a kitchen feel brighter and more spacious. Timber woodgrain adds warmth, while rich colour will cast a distinctive feel. Another consideration is whether to opt for a two-tone style (one colour on the base cabinetry and a different one on wall cupboards, for example), which can add visual depth and interest. Whatever you choose, factor in your benchtop and splashback material to create a harmonious palette.

Rendered image of a bold, modern kitchen that includes black and timber cabinetry, marble-look benchtop and brass tapware

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Photo Credit: Sue Stubbs, Armelle Habib, Tim Wilson, Alejandro Sosa 3D and Paul Johnstone 

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Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.