Custom Kitchen Cabinetry

Custom kitchen cabinetry is the creme de la creme of kitchen cabinetry, in the sense that it is usually the most expensive option. Stock cabinets are made all of the same design, but custom kitchen cabinetry has been designed to suit your kitchen. They are a more expensive option because they fit the specification of your kitchen and have been made as one off. There are a whole host of reasons why you need a bespoke kitchen, the kitchen may be an awkward shape, and structural changes are not an option.

Sometimes your design needs can differ from the standard if you are trying to fit a kitchen into a small area, there are design challenges to get it correct, otherwise it just looks like it has all been squashed in. In general the working kitchen area forms a triangle from the refrigerator, to the sink to the cooker. You should still aim to connect the three in a triangle; because it coordinates the majority of the work that gets done in a kitchen is in this adjacent area.

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Kitchen cabinets cover such a wide area that by changing the face of the cabinet changes the whole kitchen. Even in that small kitchen in fact especially in that small kitchen the cabinets are important, you need to fit in everything you need.

After your appliances it is the most important area of the kitchen, custom kitchen cabinetry allows you to streamline the kitchen and even cover the appliances with wood to integrate them into one design.

When you are planning to design your custom kitchen cabinetry you first need to get accurate measurements of your space.

Step 1: You need to plan your kitchen on paper or use software, but you need to be sure that everything will connect together. When measuring a kitchen the measurements are always recorded in inches. Six feet two inches is always written as 74". As most kitchen walls are not absolutely straight you need to be sure where they are not. Each wall is measured at three levels, the floor, 48" from the floor and at ceiling height.

You may record three different lengths:

Wall 1 may be 94" at ground level, whilst at a height of 48" it may 94" plus a half inch. At the Ceiling it may be longer 94" and 3/4". You need to record the information in a table.

NOTE: Measure each wall at three locations; floor level, 48" from the floor and at ceiling level. Use the smallest dimension, and note variation on the chart.
(EX: Floor level - 96", Center - 96 1/2", Ceiling - 96 3/4" Record as: 96" (variation at 48" is 1/2", variation at ceiling is 3/4"))

Record dimensions on a chart like the one below

Step 2: You then need to make a drawing of all the walls on scaled paper or computer software. Graph paper is an ideal option. It needs to be scaled as accuracy is vital. Custom kitchen cabinetry must fit. If you plan knocking a wall down or making a new door, the future plan is represented on the drawing.

Record each wall section on the drawing, each section is from the corner to the door or window. When you record the doors and widows measure them from their outer edges.

Step 3: Now add up the dimensions on your first wall measurements to make sure that they add up to the figures on your first wall measurements. Record on plan the enter line of the sink by measuring from the nearest corner. If there are soffits, which are the underside of a cornice or a staircase record these as well.

Step 4: To plan your custom kitchen cabinetry you need to be aware where your power points are. This can be represented on a separate diagram and you need a separate symbol for the light fixtures, the plug point and the light switches.

If you plan to add an island in the centre of you kitchen you need to be sure that you will have enough room to work around it when it is installed. If you are not good with imagining spatial distance put the measurements on the plan and then draw the workspace on the floor with chalk. Once all the measurements have been collated you are ready to work out what goes where and design your ideal custom kitchen cabinetry.

See Also:

Installing a New Cabinet Door
Kitchen Design Ideas