Creativity in the Kitchen – Replacing Your Cabinets

Cabinet space is one of the most valuable features in a kitchen, and when there isn’t enough, it can be a big problem. It’s not unusual to find a kitchen with counters overflowing simply because everything won’t fit in the available cabinets. While it’s always an option to bring in carts and extra storage, these items can be very bulky and result in the loss of even more space in your kitchen. A much better alternative is to consider replacing your old cabinets with something more modern that is designed to provide maximum storage while taking up minimum space.

Replacing your kitchen cabinets is a large project, so be prepared to have your kitchen largely out of commission for a few days. Of course, you can’t install new cabinets without tearing out the old ones, so the whole process begins with demolition. Be careful during this process, as you want to avoid doing any unnecessary damage to floors, walls or appliances (unless you’re planning on replacing those as well). You should also make careful note of electrical and plumbing hookups, as you will need to accommodate these once you begin the installation of your new cabinets. Just to avoid the hassle of dealing with it later, you may want to try to clean up as you go, and always wear protective gear. There will be splinters and dust flying everywhere, and an injury can put a serious damper on your renovation enthusiasm.

Once demolition has been completed, you can start by installing the base and frames of your new cabinets. Assuming you are choosing deeper or wider cabinets than what you originally had, you may need to do additional alterations to the rest of your kitchen, but this can be addressed on an as-needed basis.

Now, the process of installing your new cabinets will be dictated largely by the manufacturer, but most basic setups follow the same general pattern. Shelves and drawers can be included in your new kitchen and can be installed at the same time as your cabinets – usually as part of the same unit. If you are truly dedicated to making the most of your storage space, you may also want to consider investing in a Lazy Susan for corner cabinets, or pull out shelves for those hard-to-reach places.

Cabinets certainly don’t have to be all about function. You can personalize the look of your kitchen by choosing your favorite colors for cabinet faces. You can also pick on your favorite hardware to add an extra touch of unique flair. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, your budget and the laws of physics. In a room that is so important to your home, you want to make sure you’re comfortable and able to work with ease. This applies as much to the space you have to move around as it does to surrounding yourself with design elements that are both inspiring and complimentary.

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