Storage Rules in Kitchen Cabinets

Redesign and remodel storage with functionality in mind.


Domestic kitchen

Photo by: Thomas Northcut

Thomas Northcut

Domestic kitchen

By: Wayne A. Endicott

Industry experts say that in addition to sustainable woods and low-impact finishes in kitchen cabinets, the functionality of kitchen cabinets is as important as the way they look.

Researchers have found the following features are among the conveniences that push buyers' hot buttons:

  • Walk-in pantries are requested by approximately half of all buyers
  • Tilt-out sink trays that store items like sponges and scouring pads
  • Double deep trays in drawers
  • Roll-out trays in base cabinets
  • Wastebaskets in base cabinets

Also big on the list are kitchen islands that provide additional storage, as well as a work area for the chef of the house. In terms of design, research also pinpointed staggered height cabinets and free-standing hutches as consumer preferences.

A new feature for a cabinet line allows drawers to close softly. The Masco/Merillat Industries' Soft Action feature actually slows the closing of a drawer, much like the feature on some automobiles that prevents the trunk from being slammed. Putting storage features in corners and in close proximity to appliances such as microwaves, dishwashers, ovens and ranges also grab buyers' attention.

"Homeowners love to be surprised by what they find in storage options in kitchen cabinets," says Jim Potthast of Masco/Merillat Industries.
And the more lovely surprises, the more likely a customer is to love the kitchen.

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