Drawers vs. Cupboards, Which is Best for Your Kitchen?

03 April 2019

As custom kitchen cabinet makers, we are often called upon to design kitchens for our clients. This is always an interesting challenge because there are as many different kitchen visions as there are kitchen users. Everyone has their own idea of what their dream kitchen would be and how they would use it every day. We often get asked about the use of drawers or cupboards and which is best for a modern kitchen. In this article, we will try to answer this question and offer some insight into this decision.

Some Initial Thoughts

The first thing to realise is that there is no one size fits all solution for any custom dream kitchen. The solutions that you choose should be based on your needs, available budget and the space that you’re working with. Taking some time to think about this is key; the kitchen is an important part of your home, and it needs to work effectively.

Evaluating the Available Space

Before any work or designing begins, there will be some critical decisions to consider. The placement of drawer cabinets or cupboards needs to be evaluated first. Take a look at your current kitchen layout, does it work well or do you need a change?  Think carefully about how you prepare a meal, your entertainment needs and how kitchen storage is used in your kitchen space. It’s not necessary to change the entire kitchen if it’s already working for you and you simply need to update. Sketch out some rough plans and think about how you can move and work efficiently in the space. At the end of this process, you should have a broad idea of where you want things, what you need and how you will use them.

Drawers vs. Cupboards

Many older kitchens only have cupboards installed below the bench and above it. This is by far the easiest way to get a kitchen that works well on a tighter budget. This concept may not be the best choice for a modern kitchen where more drawers could be useful. Before you throw out your shelving, take some time to think about your needs and how you used the kitchen. Do you have a lot of smaller appliances? Would these be better on a shelf or in a deep drawer? Will drawers or cupboards give you the storage that you need for your kitchen equipment? In certain cases, the answers to these types of questions are simple, and occasionally it can be tougher to choose.

If they are looking for high quality local kitchen cabinet makers, Perth based residents should get in touch with us here at Ekitchens. We manufacturer a wide selection of custom and flat pack kitchen units for our clients. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, and our designers can help you to create the kitchen of your dreams. Our team members are standing by to discuss your needs in greater detail, and they will be delighted to answer any remaining questions that you may have.


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