Base Kitchen Cabinet Layout

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 08:48

Thank you for all the lovely comments and likes and love on our Momplex kitchen reveal!  Man was it ever tough keeping a secret from you and we are so glad to finally get to share all the details with you on how we went from this:

To this:

Before we get to paint and all the pretty details, we had to first come up with the general layout of the kitchen.

The original plan from the start was to build a pantry in the corner, flush with the fridge front, and eliminating one corner.

But when we framed up the bedrooms and bathrooms, we ended up opting to make the hallway 6" wider - stealing 6" from the kitchen and bathroom.

It was definitely worth it to have a wider hallway.

The kids are already planning to use it as a bowling alley.

But with the kitchen just 6" less in width, the overall dimensions are now 87" x 11 feet on the stove wall.  

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It's going to be tight.

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Step 2 Instructions


So we started with the things that are the most difficult to change - I'll tackle a custom cabinet any day, but downsize a range and microhood? Not going to happen.

And we wanted to avoid the expensive custom appliance option - for both costs now and costs down the road.

So we started by laying out the things that absolutely could not change. The fridge is 36" wide. And the range is 30" wide. And the dishwasher is 24" wide. Those are constants, and we'll work around them.

Once the appliances were placed, next up is the sink.

Standard sink bases come in 30" and 36" widths to fit standard sinks. We'd have loved to give Mom a nice big sink, but that would mean the sink would sit with one side in the corner. Doing dishes is already a downer, now shove Mom in the corner - and it's really an unpleasant task!

So we opted for a smaller sink base that would allow for a small cabinet between the sink and the corner.

It is small, but definetly workable for one person, and we were able to still get the double sink.

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Step 3 Instructions


Once the appliances are placed, I always start designing kitchens from the corners and work inward. On the left side of the stove, we have a little more room for a corner cabinet.

One thing we absolutely didn't want was a corner cabinet with an opening so teeny that Mom can barely reach in.

So I opted for the largest possible corner, a 36" pie cut corner, with a lazy susan inside. It's so big, two kids hid in there for hide in seek!!!

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But on the other side of the stove, there just wasn't enough room for a second pie cut corner base cabinet.  There was plenty of room on the stove side, but between the sink and the corner, there's only about 6".

So after much thinking and debating, we finally opted for a blind corner cabinet that does provide some storage into the corner, but only takes up space on the stove side.

Since we are DIYing the cabinets, we opted to make the blind corner door opening match the cabinet on the opposite side of the stove for symmetry:

So for someone that isn't cabinetry obsessed, the two cabinets on either side of the stove appear symetrical and balanced - even though when you open them, one is twice as big inside!

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Once all the appliances, corners, and then the symmetrical cabinet on the other side of the stove were determined, that just left us with two small opening to fill with cabinets.

Between the fridge and larger corner cabinet, we had 12" of space for a cabinet, so a standard door/drawer combo was perfect for this spot.

But for the other opening, we only had about 6 3/4" of space between the corner and sink base.

That's just not enough room for a standard cabinet ....

And this kitchen's too small for a filler piece to waste the space ....

So we made a custom cabinet that looks like a filler strip for this corner! It worked out perfect - I can't wait to show you more details on how we built that one!

I know the space is tight, and trying to fit it all in with standard sized appliances was definitley a challenge -

But we are all super happy with the amount of counter space and the layout of this kitchen! It worked out perfectly!

Now we just gotta build all those base cabinets ......


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