In any given year, people remodel over 10 million kitchens in the United States. Sometimes it’s a practical decision following a home purchase. In other cases, the current kitchen is growing out of date or no longer serves the needs of a homeowner.
As renovations go, it’s a good choice. Kitchen remodeling offers one of the highest ROIs of any home improvement. One of the decisions you’ll make as part of the remodeling project is the nature of the kind of base cabinet you want in the kitchen.
Not sure what base kitchen cabinets even are? Keep reading for a quick overview of base cabinets, your options, and the benefits of different options.
What Are Kitchen Base Cabinets?
Base cabinets are just the floor-level cabinets you find in any kitchen. They’re the cabinets that support your sink, counters, and the fundamentally essential coffee pot.
Those cabinets become particularly important when you want fancy kitchen counters, such as those made from granite, marble, or quartzite. Stone countertops weigh more than nearly any other countertop option. If you want them, you need base cabinets capable of supporting that weight.
Of course, base cabinets are not standard-issue items. You have some choices to consider. Let’s look at two of the popular options below.
Base Cabinets with Shelves
If there is a traditional base cabinet, it’s the base cabinet with shelves. You can find them in millions of homes across the nation. You can buy them from almost any furniture dealer.
Some people prefer base cabinets with shelves because they’re a known quantity. Most people have strategies for storing things like their pots and pans in cabinets with shelves. Yet, cabinets with shelves can prove somewhat inefficient, particularly in smaller spaces.
Enter the next option.
Base Cabinets with Drawers
An option that’s gained much traction for kitchen cabinets in recent years is base cabinets with drawers. One of the biggest reasons for that transition away from shelves is that you can maximize the storage space.
With shelves, things in the back always remain more difficult to access. You must often pull out most items stored on the shelf to get them.
With drawers, you can pull the drawer completely out to get at the things in the back. It’s more convenient and more efficient.
Plus, it lets you store different types of items in different drawers. Shallow frying pans can go in the top drawer, while stock pots live in the rarely opened bottom drawer.
Picking the Right Base Cabinet
Picking the right base cabinet for your home can depend a lot on your available space. If you enjoy a spacious kitchen, you may decide on a mix of base cabinets with shelves and drawers.
If you make do with an undersized kitchen, every square inch of storage matters. Base cabinets with drawers can help you get the most storage potential out of your limited space.