Designing Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are an essential facet to modern kitchen living, and without them, we?d struggle with the most practical kitchen usages, such as cooking and eating. Kitchen cabinets are vital to hold crockery and cutlery, as well as to disguise some of the inner workings of the kitchen itself, such as piping for your washing machine and the area underneath your sink. Lately in graphic design circles, there has been a move towards creating your own kitchen cabinet designs rather than opting for store bought standards, and while this is certainly a more difficult route to take, it does mean there is no limit to the level your creativity can take.

When designing cabinets, there are largely two options ? purchasing door fronts and creating a frame for them, or customising door fronts in order to give a more unique, stylish appearance. Either way, it is possible to realise savings on the normal retail price of kitchen cabinets, particularly if you intend to invest your own labour time. What?s more, you can still find cabinet designs that are stylish, pleasing aesthetically and perfect for adding value to your kitchen area.

The construction of the kitchen cabinet frames is fairly straightforward, although there is a degree of flexibility built in to allow you to design and create a framework to your own specifications, where you might consider this to be a more suitable solution. In essence, a kitchen cabinet is simply an open box shape, although you may like to provide further reinforcement around the hinges and handle, which are often the source of problems for kitchen cabinets as they age. Again, the choice is yours, although it is probably better to adhere to a more orthodox cabinet framework to ensure it supports all different types and styles of cabinet doors, and is sturdy enough to last over the long term beyond daily use.

Designing your own kitchen cabinets is one thing, but bear in mind you?ll also need to build them, or find someone skilled enough to fulfil the construction on your behalf. Most DIY enthusiasts following the self-design and self-build model, although this does require some degree of woodworking ability. Aside from the basic framework, there is also a requirement for additional support at the traditional problem areas to provide more stability. Provided however you make sure there is some uniformity in the style of the cabinet fronts, the back end construction is less aesthetically relevant and as long as it holds, should suffice for your design needs.