Most of the time, people want standard cabinets, such as a set of kitchen or bathroom cabinets. These are fairly straightforward.

But, how you do design that one-off cabinet? A single cabinet shouldn’t seem that daunting, but suddenly, you have the freedom to do almost anything.

Whether you’re adding a little extra storage or replacing a damaged cabinet, use this opportunity to add something unique to your home decor.

Make The Most Of Your Space

The most important part of designing a one-off cabinet is to make the most of your space. Even if you just have a tiny spot, add in a cabinet to store smaller objects, such as storage bags. A small drawer could give you easy access to chip bag clips or a notepad for jotting down quick notes.

Since this cabinet isn’t required to fit in perfectly with any of your other cabinets, it doesn’t have to be the same height or width. This is especially true if you’re placing the cabinet in a room with no other cabinets. For instance, you might want to design a cabinet that also doubles as a side table in your living room.

You could even consider floating cabinets. They work much like floating shelves and are great for a more fun design.

Stand Out Or Blend In

Now, you have to decide if your one-off cabinet should stand out or blend in. Maybe you want to make a statement and have a bright red cabinet in the middle of your natural wood tone cabinets in your kitchen. This could be your special cabinet for storing your cheat day snacks.

If you want your cabinet to stand out, consider using a vastly different color or a unique shape. Much like the floating cabinet idea from above, get creative and think outside the box. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than these unique styles from Fresh Home and Apartment Therapy.

Of course, you might prefer your cabinet to blend in. This is especially important if you’re trying to replace a damaged cabinet. For this, you’d want to design your one-off as close to your existing cabinets or decor as possible. For instance, if the room the cabinet will be in has a contemporary design, a rustic cabinet style would stick out like a sore thumb.

Another way to help your cabinet to blend in is to have it do double duty. Your cabinet could function as a rolling chair in your kitchen or feature hooks for hanging coats on either side.

Try Unique Shapes

Cabinets don’t always have to be a box shape. Your one-off cabinet can be nearly any shape. For instance, you might have more of a triangle shape if you’re adding storage space to an attic bedroom. And yes, circular cabinets are possible too. While they’re not always the most practical, they are great for decorative purposes and work well if you want a mirrored door.

Another option would be a stair-step style cabinet. By hanging this type of cabinet on your wall, you create staggered shelves as well. It’s a fun design that gives you even more storage space.

Tie In With Other Surrounding Area

The final thing to consider is how your one-off cabinet will tie in with the surrounding area. Even if you want it to stand out, you still want it to tie in somehow. Make your cabinet part of your home by including some common theme. For instance, if it’s a kitchen cabinet, you might use the same type of countertop on it, even if it’s a unique shape or color.

A popular option is to continue with the same home design style as the rest of the decor. For instance, a rustic theme might mean using wood recovered from an old barn. Even if it’s painted a bright color, it’ll still match with your theme.

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