Cabinet Design 101
Bring Your Cabinet Design
Ideas to Life
Crafting a truly successful cabinetry design entails balancing beauty with
function. Some homeowners are more knowledgeable than others when it comes to
design. Regardless of your experience it’s always a good idea to consult with a
cabinet design professional to weigh in on factors like proportion,
functionality and scale. Give yourself the confidence of knowing your space
will look great by discussing your options with a DirectBuy cabinetry expert.
What To Expect From Your
Your cabinet designer will offer advice regarding wood type, color and
door style, and will come prepared with several documents and plans for you to
look over together while discussing your dream kitchen. The expert will prepare
a floor plan, an elevation drawing (which includes every wall that will be
touched during the remodel) and a perspective view, which shows the space from
multiple angles and vantage points. Contact DirectBuy today for more
information on working with a Cabinetry Designer.
Floor plans show a birds-eye-view of the layout of each room, and outline
the components inside the space in the correct proportions. Here you can see
base cabinets, tall cabinets and wall cabinets within the space you’re
remodeling. More detailed floor plans also highlight electrical and lighting
Each “flat” drawing shows a
view of the wall on which the cabinetry will be installed as if you were
standing in front of it. This is the best way to see details and check figures
that aren’t visible on the floor plan. You can also compare heights of the
cabinets you’ll be installing to the other large components in the room.
This type of drawing
features three dimensions and shows a portion of the room from the perspective
of someone inside, typically from a height of 5’6”. Perspective drawings are
important for considering depth and ensuring that your design will look aesthetically
pleasing once installed.
Your Cabinet Design Ideas
If possible, it’s always a
good idea to test your layout in the space you’ll be modeling. As long as the
areas in which you’ll be working are empty you can accomplish this in a couple
Utilizing the measurements
on the floor plan, bring out your tape measure and some heavy-duty masking tape
to indicate where all of your cabinetry will be installed. Also mark off areas
for appliances and furniture pieces to see if your layout will allow for easy
movement and optimal organization.
the craftier homeowner, you can fold newspaper pages to the designated lengths
of your cabinetry pieces, furniture pieces and appliances in order to visualize
your layout. Stack a few papers of the same size together to indicate certain
pieces, which you can move around easily to test your layout.
If other cabinetry is already present in the space as you attempt to visualize
your layout, you’ll need to use both techniques and improvise a bit to bring
the layout to life before you begin working with a professional.