Kitchen Cabinet Plans

Don't just dream about a kitchen full of beautiful cabinets. If you are at all handy, you can have them. With a little help in the kitchen cabinet design area, you can be on your way to the kitchen of your dreams.

You could have everything you want in your kitchen, and more, but if it is not laid out properly, you're not benefiting from it.

Many people lament that they didn't add a spice cabinet or utility cabinet once their kitchen was complete. That is why it is so vitally important to have kitchen cabinet plans before you start buying, or building kitchen cabinetry and installing it.

You can get your kitchen cabinet plans from many places. You can go to your local home improvement store and for a small fee, or even for free, they will provide you with kitchen cabinet plans.

If you prefer, you can have them drawn up by a professional at an architectural firm who specializes in kitchen cabinet design. Of course, this is a much more expensive route. Design software is another, and more economical, alternative. Many people are very comfortable using their computer and the appropriate software to design their dream kitchen.

Regardless of how you go about developing your kitchen cabinet plans, here are a few design and layout tips to keep in mind:

Kitchen Cabinets
  • The sink, stove, and refrigerator are the three most used elements in every kitchen. Minimize wasted motion by situating each to form a triangle with a perimeter less than 18 feet.
  • The oven and refrigerator should not be next to each other for obvious reasons. Two elements that should be located next to each other are the dishwasher and the sink. Additionally, the sink should be positioned under a window with a light above it.
  • The rule for the number of doors for each cabinet is this; the door width should not exceed its height. This means that for cabinets between 2 to 4 feet wide, you will need to use 2 doors.
  • Use false drawer fronts where you can not put real drawers – under the sink for instance, for a consistent look.
  • Always allow 18" of counter space on either side of the range or microwave.
  • Always allow 18" of counter space on the door-opening side of the refrigerator.
  • Always allow 30" of counter space to the right of sink, and 24" to left of the sink.
  • Allow for a corridor width, or passing space, of no less than 36".
  • The maximum height of a shelf above a countertop is 42". This takes into consideration an average sized adult. However, 36" is optimal.

If you are a real craftsman and want to build your own kitchen cabinets, corner cabinet or curio cabinet, there are plans available for that as well. They can be purchased through woodworking publications, as well as over the Internet. These plans are usually quite comprehensive and required a trained eye for reading. Regardless of whether you will be buying your kitchen cabinets from a kitchen cabinet manufacturer, or building your own custom cabinetry, the same rules for kitchen plan and layout apply.


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