Interior cabinet fittings and accessories are a growing
component in the quest for a perfect kitchen.
Kitchen Dealers Report Strong Consumer Demand for Elaborate Storage Systems
More complex and elaborate interior storage systems are definitely translating to the mainstream, according to kitchen dealers and designers interviewed by Kitchen & Bath Design News.
Karen Hockley, kitchen and bath designer for Walter and Jackson in Dallastown, PA, cites one reason for this: today's two-career couples have more "stuff" and less time, so they need better organizational systems to keep the kitchen running smoothly.
"Most clients want the full-extension drawer glides on their cabinetry," she elaborates, "and the drawer buffer system where you can slam the drawer shut and it will stop and slowly pull the drawer in.'
"Pull-out garbage pails and a tilt-down in front of the sink for storage of sponges and Brillo pads, those are givens," adds Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD, of Peter Salerno, Inc., in Wyckoff, NJ. He prefers two 30-qt. pails per pull-out, and sometimes installs an extra bin next to an island prep sink.
Hockley also cites cabinetry with revolving shelves, lazy susans, roll-out trays and mixer cabinetry, "so that the mixer sits on its own shelf and is lifted up on the shelf to use there."
Spices seem to be stored in a drawer more often than on a rack these days, designers agree. Salerno also likes to store them inside decorative pilasters on either side of the range.
Old-time storage items such as the bread box are being reincarnated with new functions, as well. "They are used for snacks," Salerno explains. "Maybe they should be called snack drawers now. 'Everybody says, 'I don't eat bread any more.' And I ask, 'where do the kids put their cookies?' It has a clear lucite cover on it so you can see what's in there."
Salerno also favors a deep drawer for dish towels, as well as a wide drawer for different types of wraps such as plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and the like. Double-decker silverware storage that allows for a space for gadgets such as corkscrews and bottle openers is another client favorite, designers report.
Joan Viele, CKD, Kitchen Dimensions, in Santa Fe, NM, likes the new trend of dish storage in base drawers, though she believes the base cabinet will always have a role in the kitchen. "You have to nest things in drawers. They are good for bulky deep things, a big stock pot, but not a stack of four frying pans," she notes, adding that dividers in drawers to hold things upright alleviates the problem of stacking.