Storage. Organization. There is not much more we value or crave in the kitchen. And it is this “craving” that speaks to the growing trend of base cabinet storage in kitchen design. Some will say it’s never gone away, but with more base drawer storage options than ever its popularity has never been greater. We asked nationally recognized kitchen and bath industry expert Sarah Reep ASID, IIDA, CMKBD, CMG, CAPS and Director of Designer Relations & Education for Merillat Cabinetry about this. According to Sarah, trends in design indicate that base cabinet storage in the kitchen is more important than wall cabinetry right now. To that end, she offers insight on 4 reasons why we are seeing this surge in drawer design:
• Open floor plans today provide more windows and less walls. Customers want more light brought into the home and a bigger open space to gather. This means less space to place wall cabinetry and a greater need for base cabinet storage.
• Customers value easy access to stored items. Who wants to get down towards the ground to access a storage area? Customers prefer more drawers when they understand the value of this functionality.
• Drawers can be selected based on depth to store like-sized items and also to compartmentalize. Select wide drawers to subdivide and create more long-term flexibility, or choose smaller width drawers to assist with organization.
• Offering drawers as an option on how to best use the space is appreciated. Suggesting how to work in a space and live better at home ensure customers receive the best kitchen design for how they live.
Reep adds that it is also important to note that drawer front styles and the sizes of drawers greatly influences the overall appearance of the kitchen design. A flat slab drawer may give a bit of a price break to the overall kitchen cost, but may sacrifice the design’s beauty whereas a five piece drawer offers a more unique or special finish treatment, in addition to design continuity.
Consider these insights on base cabinet storage as you consider your own kitchen remodel. Beyond being “trendy”, adding drawers can be a productive way to create more functionality and better use space in the kitchen.