Even if you understand exactly what you want your new kitchen to look like, planning cabinetry is a significant feat. How much storage do you want? Just how much cupboard can you install without creating your new kitchen feel much smaller than the original? What has to be stored there? Whether you’re planning a remodel or just have to reorganize, you can remove some of the guesswork with these tips out of architects.

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Determine Your Kitchen Functions

Use every inch by working as much detail as you can into your own kitchen strategy from the start. “You may find an additional 6 to 9 inches which would be great for cookie sheets, bottles of wine along with a few books,” says architect Amy Alper of Sonoma, California.

Deciding a cupboard’s function depends on its proximity to other appliances and its size — once you’ve decided where important plumbing fixtures and appliances will go and know exactly how much space you have, you can decide which cupboard needs to hold dishes and which should maintain wine.

“Everyone uses their kitchen otherwise. We’ve got the owners envision themselves standing at each significant region of the kitchen, and decide what they want within arm’s reach,” says Portland, Oregon, architect Hiromi Ogawa.

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Silverware drawers make for simple cleanup when they’re near the dishwasher and sink. Spices set in a drawer close to the cooktop can make cooking simpler. Keep regular items near the sink or prep area, where you’ll be using them the most. Items used less frequently can be placed farther from the primary work triangle.

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Use handy cupboard organizers and inserts to make the aim of each drawer and cupboard clear. Junk pullouts, sponge trays and silverware organizers can be very helpful. At precisely the same time, keep in mind which you can mix and match items in cabinets and drawers also — there is no strict rule on dividing things up. “A Shop for pots and pans near a cooktop can also be a great place for cooking oil, salt and vinegar,” says Alper.

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Cabinet or Drawer?

Although cupboards often cost less than drawers, these architects all concur that deep and wide drawers tend to be more practical. They permit you to use the whole depth of a room and are simpler to use. “As a guideline, we constantly locate drawers more comfortable to use than lower shelving behind doors,” says architect Heather McKinney in Austin, Texas.

For Ogawa, choosing whether to use a cupboard or drawer in undercounter kitchen is often determined by the available width. If space permits, use a wide and deep drawer. But in smaller distances, a cupboard can get the job done better. Don’t forget to use narrow banks of drawers also — they could be great for nice silverware and table linens.

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Maximizing Storage and Space

While removing storage — particularly upper cupboards — tends to be the very best approach to open a kitchen, it’s still possible to get the storage you want and the open texture you want. Generally, maximizing storage can often make a kitchen feel more open because there’ll be less countertop clutter. The two Ogawa and McKinney suggest devoting one wall entirely to full-height storage, opening room for a counter and getting rid of the need for upper cabinetry throughout.

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Playing with drawer and counter peaks can include more storage space also. Take advantage of the leftover space beside deep refrigerators by deepening upper cabinets and counters, and taking cabinets all of the way to the ceiling.

Maintain your countertop, cabinetry and island lined up and simple in layout. “Linear alignments can make the room feel more, as there are fewer visual interruptions to capture the eye,” says Ogawa.

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