The main goal in each of our major kitchen remodeling projects is to improve the efficiency of the room. That could mean creating more counter top and storage space, adjusting the lighting for a safer, shadow-less environment, or reconfiguring the layout for a flowing, user-friendly floor plan. Though every home and kitchen is different, as are the clients and their unique needs, some, if not all, of these options are carefully considered during the design phase. After all, if your kitchen looks beautiful in the end, but it’s not functional, is it really worth the cost and time of a remodel?
One of the options we always suggest to our clients to improve the efficiency of their kitchen is converting existing lower cabinets into drawers. This might sound like minor detail, but in reality, having deep drawers under the counter instead of cabinets will make all the difference in how you use the space for storage. Because major kitchen remodels involve completely removing the existing cabinetry and installing new cabinets, why not design them in a way that will improve the functionality and convenience of your finished kitchen?
Here are 4 reasons why you should choose drawers instead of lower cabinets for your kitchen remodel:
1. Drawers are significantly more convenient.
A typical lower cabinet is two feet deep, which means that it’s easy for stuff to get pushed to the back and forgotten about. Does anyone really want to pull out everything they own just to get to that one pot in the back of the cabinet? Not to mention, due to the placement of lower cabinets, you’re either going to be bent down or completely on your knees in order to dig out what you’re looking for. Drawers solve this problem by sliding all the way out, allowing easy access to all objects; even the ones in the very back of the drawer.
2. Drawers provide great organization.
The space inside a doored cabinet is basically a big box, which can often result in an undivided jumble of cookware. Not only does this cause frustration and make it difficult to find what you’re looking for, but it can also be pretty embarrassing if you ever have friends or family over to help cook for the holidays (if you’ve ever experienced a Tupperware avalanche, you can relate!) Drawers make it much easier to add dividers and stack plates, bowls, pans, lids and utensils, providing neat and orderly set up.
3. Drawers make better use of space.
Because you are able to stack items inside of drawers and then pull those drawers all the way out, having one larger drawer or even two stacked drawers creates more usable space than a traditional cabinet. This means you’ll be able to fit a lot more stuff into the same amount of space that would exist if you had cabinets instead. Who doesn’t need more storage space?!
4. Drawers provide a modern look.
With all of the different drawer styles available, having a set of deep drawers below the counter makes for a stylish, updated look. Opting for drawers in place of lower cabinets also helps break up the monotony of the design if you plan on keeping traditional upper cabinets. Keep in mind that if you are interested in replacing the upper cabinets with the trending choice of open shelving, having drawers below will make up for the storage space you might lose up top.
As you can see, having drawers instead of cabinets definitely has it’s benefits! While it’s not a requirement to have drawers replace the lower cabinets in your kitchen, it’s definitely something we recommend to each of our clients considering a kitchen remodel. Even incorporating a few drawers into the design without replacing all of the lower cabinets is still a great option that you will appreciate in the future!
If you have additional questions about the kitchen design process or are interested in discussing other ways to improve the efficiency of your home, we’d be happy to help! Contact us today for more information!
The Medford Remodeling Team