The choice of most suitable kitchen cabinets depends on many factors, which you will see together in this Book of Ideas, dedicated precisely to those measures that will allow you to choose the best furniture for your kitchen. There are many factors to consider.
As you will see, the choice will depend on the shape and size of the kitchen, but also on the determination of the necessary storage space. It will be useful, then, to know some general characteristics of the materials, also to decide whether to lean for opaque or glossy surfaces.
1. The shape of the kitchen
Most of the choices in terms of the kitchen cabinets depend on the shape of the kitchen, which depends on the arrangement of all the elements that compose it, from furnishings to appliances.
One of the aspects to be taken into consideration is the so-called “activity triangle”, i.e. the distances between the refrigerator, sink or dishwasher, and the area of the hob, distances that will be limited to achieve optimal functionality. The shapes may vary. The U-shaped ones are classic, arranged on three walls to occupy the space in a uniform way; L-shaped ones, among the most widespread and practical; and the G-shaped one, which requires larger spaces and an organization that provides an equipped extension.
2. The dimensions
The dimensions of kitchen cabinets, of course, depend on the architectural organization of the house. Volumes and sizes can, therefore, vary considerably. An arrangement that will make it possible to organize the layout and choose the most suitable furniture concerns the standard sizes used for kitchen furniture.
Normally, in fact, the compositional modules of the kitchens, like the cupboards and the bases, are organized in multiples of 15 cm: units of 60 by 60 cm, with height usually of 85 cm although many companies also use multiples of 20 cm and build custom furniture. For wall units, however, a common rule is that they must be less profound than bases.
Another useful fact to keep in mind is that of the height of the work surface. A standard measure is 90 cm, divided into three elements to be organized, namely the plinth, the height of the door, the thickness of the floor itself.
3. Know how much storage space you need
Very important in the selection of the most suitable furniture for the kitchen will be a preliminary assessment of the necessary storage space. It will be important to decide how many doors, how many shelves and shelves or drawers, how many bases or cabinets will be dedicated to pots, utensils, and machinery used in the kitchen.
A preliminary assessment will allow you to choose how to arrange exposed shelves and blind doors, and therefore empty and full in the overall picture of the kitchen organization. In order to determine its airiness and breathing in a more or less marked way.
Also, the choice of colors and shades can depend on the storage space. In fact, if you need a lot of bases and wall units with blind doors, for example, it will be good to opt for light and soft colors and modular furniture, so as to emphasize the brightness and break down and multiply the prospects, in order to enlarge the space, and avoid an overwhelming and overloading effect.
4. Island or not island, this is the problem
Choosing whether to organize the kitchen with the island or without is not just an aesthetic question, as important as this is. In fact, there are also some structural questions that should be carefully considered.
In fact, it is necessary to decide how to equip the island according to the organization of plants and water pipes and gas. Choosing an island equipped with a gas hob, for example, will not involve any intervention excessive, as the connection and connection of the pipes will disappear under the floor. And in any case, you can opt for an electric induction hob to further minimize the work.
In case you want to equip the island with the sink, the speech changes slightly, because bringing the water pipes inside the island involves a masonry intervention to be planned carefully. In any case, it will be good to evaluate distances and layout of the plants before choosing the island.
5. Choose the most suitable materials
Choosing materials is not easy. There are many factors at stake, from those related to personal taste to economic, up to those of the kitchen, related to the architectural structure, walls, and ceiling. To orientate yourself, in any case, it will be useful to know some characteristics of the most commonly used materials.
When referring to solid wood, for example, it means that the elements that makeup kitchen furniture should be solid wood. The definitions wood veneer or wood effect indicates that it is not solid wood, but wood with finishes that reproduce the appearance.
When it comes to veneer, on the other hand, it is intended to define a panel of non-noble wood covered with a very thin layer, generally about one millimeter, with a more noble and precious wood. The term veneer is also used improperly for laminates and ennobled woods, which instead use resins of lower quality.