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