An almost endless array of options is available to store cookware, food, utensils, countertop appliances (blenders, mixers, etc.), recycling containers and so on. That is the reason why we ask our clients to describe what they currently store in their kitchens during the planning phase of their remodel. We also ask if there are other items that they would like to store. Storage capacity affects usable counter space. We find that many of our clients’ current floor plans require mixers, blenders, food processors, coffee pots, et. al. sit on the counter because there is insufficient cabinet space. Many of our clients are seeking a clean look with few to no items on the counter top.
An easy solution to storage shortages is to specify double stacked kitchen cabinets. They not only have the ability to greatly increase your storage space, they also can provide a blank canvas to create dramatic and striking displays and a completely finished look. There are several factors associated with specifying double-stacked cabinets.
First, you need the physical space to accommodate twin sets of wall cabinets. In many kitchens wall-hung cabinets do reach the ceiling. The typical rule of thumb is that if there is a foot of open space between the top of your existing cabinets and the ceiling, there is a good chance that your new kitchen can accommodate double-stacked cabinets. The following are the advantages and considerations of specifying double-stacked cabinets
Storage space: store seldom used countertop appliances (waffle irons, griddles, sandwich presses, pasta makers and so on). If you have a lot of cookware, the extra space makes a nice home for seldom used pots and pans as well.
Personal design statements: Specifying glass front cabinets in combination with panels and/or open cabinets allows you to showcase your favorite things whether they be a vase that you picked up during your travels, a serving platter, decorative accents, silver or gold items, candle sticks or that special trinket that makes you smile every time you see it.
Enhanced lighting: Combining glass front cabinets with interior cabinet lighting produces a spotlight effect for any item that is stored in the cabinet. Interior cabinet lighting also serves to complement pendant, recessed or other lighting. Bottom line: A brighter space.
Clean lines and a finished look: Some of our clients do not like the flow of the kitchen interrupted if the cabinets on the wall do not reach the ceiling. When cabinets do reach the ceiling, the look is more seamless and cleaner.
Accessibility: The upper tier of the cabinets that reach the ceiling may not be easily accessible without the assistance of a ladder or step stool. If you don’t mind, great. If you find this to be inconvenient, you may want to think twice.
Budget: If you double the amount of wall-hung cabinets by a having double stacked configuration, your budget will need to increase accordingly.
Maintenance: You have 33% more surface area to clean and maintain.
Space: If you have a limited footprint, double stacked may make your kitchen feel cramped. There can be too much of a good thing.
How do you develop the right plan for storage, aesthetics, functionality, design, comfort and ease of use? Come to our showroom or give us a call at (610) 262-7235 to help you determine the best options for your new kitchen. Visit us anytime at www.directkitchen.com.