Diy Kitchen Cupboards

DIY kitchen cupboards can make an enormous difference to any DIY kitchen design. DIY kitchen cupboards may be wall-mounted or installed on the floor so that counter-tops provide valuable working surfaces. They may, of course, also be installed so that they reach from floor to ceiling. There are many different types of DIY kitchen cupboards to choose from, some of which are simply assembled out of a flat pack, and others that you will make from scratch. The choice will depend on your carpentry skills as well as your budget.

Projects involving DIY kitchen cupboards range from the installation of new kitchens to the renovation of old ones. Before you start, you need to identify your needs and then decide on a kitchen design and layout for the units you plan to install. Generally you will need to ensure you have cupboard space for:

• food,
• pots and pans,
• crockery,
• cutlery, and
• brooms and cleaning up materials including dishwashing liquid.

Choices for your DIY Kitchen Cupboards

Nowadays, built-in cupboards and cabinets are the most usual choice for kitchens, rather than freestanding units. If you're doing the work yourself, the cheapest option is to buy all the necessary materials and to then assemble the cupboards yourself. You can use wood, or a coated board like melamine or formica, or other board products sold for the construction of kitchen cupboards. Most suppliers will cut the board to size and even cut out for hinges if required. Another option is to buy a knock-down system that you buy flat, sometimes in a box, and then assemble yourself. The only real disadvantage here is that you will have to work with whatever standard sized cupboards are available.

The average kitchen, and scullery if you have one, comprises a sink unit, with shelves under it; a tall cupboard for brooms and vacuum cleaners; and then a mix of wall-hung and floor-standing units. You can also customize your cupboards with accessories including grocery baskets, spice trays for bottles, cutlery trays for knives, forks and spoons, and various other pull-out and pop-up units that are useful for small appliances, dustbins and so on.

When you plan the layout of your kitchen cupboards, always remember that you need an unobstructed work triangle that ensures the cook will have easy access between the refrigerator, stove and sink. Never place these appliances or aids side by side, and make sure there is enough of a working surface alongside each of them. If you're installing a dishwasher or washing machine in the kitchen, place these appliances near to the sink to simplify plumbing. Place tall units like broom cupboards at the ends of counters.

Price your project carefully before you go shopping, and make sure you have everything ready before you start work on your DIY kitchen cupbords.


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