A cabinet plan is a foundation for creating cabinets you’ll love. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom or any other room, it’s vital to plan out everything from the size to layout. Installing cabinets isn’t as straightforward as putting some boxes with doors against your walls. To get the most function and space, you have to plan out the finer details. Before you start installing cabinets or have someone build your cabinets, create a plan to ensure you’re getting the cabinets you actually want and need.
Easier To Get It Right The First Time
What’s easier – putting in cabinets and then having to re-do them because they don’t fit your vision or getting it right the first time? You save both time and money with a cabinet plan. You plan out every detail before anyone even starts to build your cabinets. You avoid costly surprises, the cabinets fit perfectly and they work the way you want.
Plus, if you have to constantly remodel what you already have, you risk damaging other parts of the room. For example, in a kitchen, constantly changing cabinets in and out can damage your appliances.
Design Around Your Layout
The available space depends on the layout you want. For instance, in an office, you’d want to design your cabinets based upon your desk placement, any windows and how easily you need to reach them from where you sit. The same is true for kitchens. In this case, you typically design a cabinet plan based on the most efficient layout for your needs.
Plus, you might want to change your current layout. For example, a more open layout, which affects the type of cabinets and where they’re placed, makes a smaller kitchen feel more open and larger.
Build For Function And Storage
While you can add storage functional and storage features later, it’s often a hassle. Instead, use a cabinet plan to layout how your cabinets will function and how you’ll store items. For instance, you’d design laundry room cabinets based around the items you store and how easily you want to access them. You might have drawers between your washer and dryer for smaller items and a Lazy Susan to quickly grab detergents from a larger cabinet. You’d likely also add a stow-away ironing board as part of one of your cabinets or in between them.
Consider everything you need and how you’ll use the cabinets. When they’re custom-designed for you, they’ll be far more useful.
Better Fit The Room
Cabinets should be designed to better fit your room. This not only looks better, but gives you more space to move around. That’s why custom cabinets often work best. You can opt for thinner, wider, taller and shorter cabinets than you’d get with stock cabinets.
Plus, with a cabinet plan, you can easily visualize where to place cabinets to provide easy access and fit with your room’s theme. For example, if you’re installing a kitchen island, the center of the room might not always be what’s best. Instead, you might place it further away from your refrigerator, but closer to your stove for easy prep without getting in the way of everyone coming to grab something out of the refrigerator.
Match Your Budget
The last thing you want is to suddenly go over budget in the middle of a cabinetry project. A cabinet plan helps you layout every detail. You can even plan the hardware. Quickly see which parts cost the most and where you can cut back if necessary. For instance, choosing a different countertop might be all you need to get back on budget. Or, you might opt for a simpler backsplash that’s easier to install.
Whatever room your cabinets are going in, you need a plan. This helps you get the cabinets you really want and need while still staying on budget.
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