If you have the opportunity to remodel your kitchen or are lucky enough to be plannning a new kitchen from scratch, opt for as many base cabinets with drawers instead of doors as possible. Drawers are much easier to access and bring the contents to you, rather than forcing you to bend down and reach into a dark cabinet.
Organizational accessories such as this pegboard for dishes allow the heavier items to be stored within reach and the flexibility of rearranging items to suit your needs and dishes. Storing your dishes in base cabinets allows even the little ones to get in on the action of setting the table. It also eliminates the sometimes dangerous reach into upper cabinets for a stack of plates.
Make sure you select heavy-duty rollers or glides to accommodate the extra weight of the dishes.
This bank of drawers is dedicated to both flatware and dishware, using a traditional plate rack. It would be great located near the sink or dishwasher.
Other drawer systems offer interchangeable rails for maximum organization. The possibilities for drawer styles and accessories are boundless these days. They're like jewelry for your drawers.
Traditional rollout shelves come in handy when you prefer the aesthetics of doors over drawers. You must take care, however, to fully open the door before pulling out the shelves to minimize the inadvertent scraping of the inside of the door. The shelves come in a wide variety of traditional and other materials, such as this wood dovetail version. A base cabinet with a standard door can usually accomodate three shelves, depending on what you need to store.
The racks shown here are chrome plated, but some also come with clear plastic sides, or plastic or metal side rails, which are sometimes called gallery rails.
Corner cabinets, particularly blind corner cabinets (cabinets that extend either right or left into the corner and have only one face door), used to present design challenges and wasted valuable space. But not anymore — new corner storage systems maximize accessibility and organization. This sytem has trays with nonslip mats to keep items from falling off or slipping about. Wire rack systems are also available.
Here, a wire rack lazy Susan optimizes space in a traditional corner cabinet, allowing the user to rotate the shelves to bring items to the front of the cabinet.
Drawers like these are another option for corners. However, they require some adjusment on how to pull them out, as they usually have pulls on either side of the drawer for aesthetics.
Pullout pantries again offer the convenience of bringing the stored items into view and to you.
This pullout for spices would be convenient located near the cooking appliance.
Cutlery drawer inserts help keep everything organized and in sight.
The Kick-and-Go Foot Pedal automatic door opening system from Richelieu is the perfect compliment to the trash bin or recycling cabinet, especially for those who have trouble gripping and pulling handles. It can also be very useful if your hands are full and a third arm isn't around.
For those who can afford the Cadillac options in their kitchens, Blum's Servo-Drive Uno is a motorized system that opens with a simple tap of the drawer or door. This system goes beyond touch-latch and magnetic latch hardware, and requires early planning to accommodate the extra electrical circuits required to operate the system. This is the ultimate convenience for anyone who has mobility or dexterity issues.
Upper cabinets always pose a challenge for anyone in a wheelchair, as well as for shorter individuals and children. The EZ-Down system allows the individual to pull the contents of the shelves down toward them for total accessibility.
A tandem swivel pullout for upper cabinets, either for blind corner cabinets or traditional corner cabinets, again maximizes space and accessibility.