Pros and Cons of Freestanding Cabinets in the Kitchen
As the heart of the home, the kitchen is where friends and family gather for food and conversation. Therefore, you should optimize your kitchen for your family’s specific needs. Kitchen cabinets are integral to keeping the room organized and convenient. However, while the majority of kitchen cabinets are mounted to the wall, there is a solid case to be made for incorporating freestanding cabinets into your kitchen design. There are many ways to add freestanding cabinets to your kitchen for style and convenience.
At Special Additions, we’ll help you bring your cabinetry dreams to life. View our portfolio for design inspiration, then keep reading to discover our top tips for adding freestanding cabinets to your home!
Pair Freestanding Cabinets with Mounted Cabinets
Freestanding cabinets can add depth and dimension to the room when paired with mounted cabinets. They can also make food and kitchen sundries more accessible for small children and family members with accessibility concerns. These cabinets are also a great way to diversify your storage options, as they can add lower cabinets, open shelves, and even extra counter space to your kitchen.
Tall Freestanding Cabinets
A tall freestanding pantry cabinet with full-length doors can add food storage to the room—which is especially useful in kitchens with small built-in pantries or no pantry at all. Additionally, a tall freestanding cabinet with glass-front doors can serve as a china hutch, displaying your dishware and contributing a timeless elegance to the space. You can often find freestanding china hutches with closed drawer space on the bottom, so you can display your finest dishes while simultaneously hiding away flatware, plasticware, or anything else you may not want prominently displayed.
In addition, a tall freestanding linen cabinet can house your dish rags, placemats, and cloth napkins, freeing up built-in drawer space for other kitchen utensils and necessities.
Low Freestanding Cabinets
Long, low freestanding cabinets can create extra counter space for additional storage of small kitchen appliances, decor, canisters for coffee, tea, baking supplies, or anything else you need to keep within an arm’s reach. Low freestanding cabinets can also be used as a kitchen island, lower cabinet space, and even bar seating for a comfortable breakfast nook!
Considerations for Freestanding Cabinets
While freestanding cabinets are an excellent option, there are some things to keep in mind when designing your kitchen storage. These cabinets take up extra floor space and can make it more difficult when cleaning kitchen floors. If you are already working with a small space, incorporating too many freestanding cabinets can make the room feel even tighter—in which case it’s best to use a combination of freestanding and mounted cabinets. When adding cabinets that have full-length doors, make sure there is ample room in the kitchen for the doors to open without bumping other cabinets or walls. It’s also essential to keep the style of your kitchen in mind, so the freestanding and mounted cabinets are cohesive and elevate the space.
Design Freestanding Cabinets with Special Additions
Freestanding kitchen cabinets are a great way to add function and flair to one of the most-used rooms in your home. There are many options to consider and an abundance of styles to choose from. For guidance when designing your perfect kitchen storage situation, or for assistance in implementing your ideas and installing your cabinets, contact Special Additions today!