When it comes to placing cabinets and countertops, we often focus only on the kitchen and bathroom, but there are other spaces worth considering, too.
As the mother of a swarm of children, I found it frustrating when trying to locate all coats, backpacks, shoes, school papers and art projects scattered about when the kids came home from school. The perfect answer is cabinets. When it comes to placing cabinets and countertops, we often focus only on the kitchen and bathroom, but there are other spaces worth considering, too. In particular, areas that accumulate household objects as if they were unruly dust bunnies, places where we sweep things to deal with later. If you have such areas, then cabinets are a terrific solution to creating mini-rooms.
Places to consider:
• Create a workroom in your garage by using cabinets as a workbench and storage space for your tools.
• Clean up the study by creating a reading nook. Use low cabinets topped with a cushion for a comfy sitting area while taking advantage of ceiling height to use upwards storage space.
• Match hanging cabinets to coat hooks and shoe organizers with the same finish, and you have an instant mudroom.
My "mudroom" in progress
• If you have a covered patio, cabinets can create an outdoor dining room and provide storage space for your grilling needs. Add a stone countertop, and viola: a beautiful table or bar.
• You can place cabinets under a child’s mattress for toy storage, and with a little creativity, you can create a playroom.
• Organize a personal laundromat by surrounding your washer and dryer with cabinets.
• A beautiful office can be made from cabinets with a granite countertop that is built along empty wall space. Hang cabinets above to store stationary.
• Build a closet within a closet by adding organizing cabinets, or build cabinets under your stairs to create a tansu-like storage area.
A mini-tansu cabinet