Post # 1
Our house is 10 yrs old and has a builder grade kitchen. We were going to stain or paint the cupboards but after pricing out Ikea cabinets, that seems to be the way to go. So since we’re literally ripping everything out, does anyone have any tips on what we SHOULD do? More drawers, certain planning ideas, etc…
The layout will basically stay the same as we don’t need/want to move any appliances.
So far we have added some banks of drawers where we had cupboards with shelves. Anything else we should consider?
Post # 3
@Sunshine23: commenting to follow.
DH and I are about to start planning our kitchen remodel. Same situation, we like the overall layout, just needs some serious updating (original kitchen, house built in 1990).
With our current kitchen here are a few notes we’re making that we wouldnt have necessarily thought about (until we encounterd it with our current kitchen set up)
– Make sure the drawers are deep / wide enough for silverware trays, saran wrap, foil, etc.
– double check that your largest (everyday use) plates fit in the actual cabinets (ours are too wide and don’t fit between the middle support and the outer edge unless you tilt them)
– if you take away cabinets, make sure you still have plenty of space elsewhere
– splurge on a pantry-style cabinet (5-6 ft tall cabinet) or two if you have the space. We won’t have the space in our kitchen but my parents have side-by-side pantry cabinets w/ pull-out shelves and i’m envious!
good luck! i’m excited to see what others say! we’re planning to start in the next couple of months
Post # 4
My in-laws put in an Ikea kitchen a couple years ago and it’s awesome! I would suggest, if you have room, putting in large drawers that roll out for storing your pots and pans, as it’s so much easier to see everything. If you have a corner cupboard, I suggest a lazy susan inside so you can get access to everything a bit easier. Also for long narrow cupboards, a roll-out shelf can be helpful to use the space better.
Have you picked out cupboards yet? I really like the look of a couple glass-fronted cupboards (window-style) where you can put things like wine glasses, or fancier items like teapots and pretty plates on display.
Post # 5
Can you post a picture? I remember a thread recently about a kitchen remodel where the poster got some amazing suggestions based on the picture.
Post # 6
You can find lots of usable space in areas that usually just goes to waste.
The kitchen designers at Ikea will help you do your plan. They are so familiar with all their products that they can help to adapt to almost any situation. We used pantry doors to build in our washer and dryer.
Use the area where the toe kick is usually just a solid board to put one on a hinge and store a folding ladder flat against the floor.
The ladder will help to reach cupboards that should go all the way to the ceiling.
Even if you only have 6″ of leftover space you can insert a pullout pantry for oils, vinegar etc.
Post # 7
We did our kitchen five years ago and here’s my advice:
– Get your measuring tape out and physically measure and pace out where your new cupboards and draws etc are going to go. You don’t want to get the new cabinetry in only to find that it fits but it doesn’t work well in your space.
– I found that drawers bigger than 60cm are just too big and awkward to operate (particularly if using cheaper fittings). We had a four drawer 45cm for cutlery and utensils etc and a three drawer 60cm set for our pots and frying pans which worked out fine.
– Make sure your cupboards are big enough to fit your plates, glasses etc
– Go for the biggest sink you can fit and use good quality tapware – it will last so much longer!
@Little_Nut88: I keep appliances such as my crockpot, blender etc in my corner cupboard and it works really well!