All about kitchen cabinets
All bout kitchen cabinets
An often noted consideration to make when deciding on the layout of your kitchen is the concept of the 'work triangle'. That is, the fridge (food storage), the stove (food preparation) and the sink (clean up), should be placed on three separate walls (or two walls and an island), forming a triangle when a line is drawn between them. The smaller the kitchen work triangle, the smaller the walking space between them (below are suggested measurements between the three 'points'). Of course, some kitchens will not be able to accommodate this type of layout.
Although the 'work triangle' has been a popular concept in kitchen design since the middle of last century, there has been some move away from this notion in contemporary kitchen planning. Today, the typical kitchen will incorporate many more appliances (such as dish washer, microwave and espresso machine), so that each work zone (food storage, food preparation and clean up) will contain more than a single key appliance. Today's space planners, therefore, are gradually being more influenced by getting 'work zones' in order, rather than maximizing the 'work triangle'. Of course, consideration should be made for both concepts of kitchen efficiency - although some compromise is inevitable.
How do I decide on cabinet material?
There is a wide range of material options available for your kitchen. Wood (solid and veneer) and laminate (high pressure and melamine) are two of the most popular options, but stainless steel and glass are becoming increasingly in demand. Whichever materials you opt for, keep in mind that one type of kitchen material used throughout the kitchen - especially if the room is spacious can tend to look monotonous.
Consider mixing the materials up for example, some of your cabinets may use glossy laminate and others clear or frosted glass. Stainless steel, easy-to-clean and professional looking, may be fine on bench tops and splash backs, but may appear too clinical if it appears on every surface (cupboards and drawers included). Of course, the paint on the walls will also help to tie-in with the overall material scheme of the kitchen.
Aesthetic value, budget and quality all come into play when choosing the right material for your kitchen cabinets. Generally, the decision lies between laminate, wood, metal or glass cabinets:
Laminate: Laminate cabinets, made from multiple layers of kraft paper, are the least expensive. The upside is they can be found in nearly any color. The downside is they’re can be easily chipped, which is difficult to repair.
Wood: Durable and available in a variety of types, colors and finishes, wood cabinets fall into a mid-range price level. However, they tend to expand and contract according to humidity levels, and can warp over time.
Metal: Usually made of stainless steel, these cabinets are pricier than wood. Metal cabinets tend to show fingerprints and scratches easily, but are durable and easy to clean.
Glass: Glass cabinets are often paired with wood cabinets to add texture and color variation to a space. They help light move throughout the space, but because your dishes are noticeable, your cabinets and the items in them need to be organized and worth displaying
Keep cabinets and drawers organized
Our kitchens are often stocked with a wide variety of tools and accessories, so finding a way to organize them in a cohesive way can be a challenge. Pullout drawers or plastic bins can make deep cabinets more accessible, while modular drawer organizers can help keep utensils and smaller items in check. When it comes to spices, make sure you can find the right one when you need it by adding a lazy Susan or cabinet door rack. In the end, ensuring that each item has its own space will lead to more organized cabinets and drawers, which will lead to a better cooking experience.
* Food storage
The food storage area centers on the fridge and pantry or food cupboard. This area is primarily used for unloading groceries; retrieving items from the pantry and fridge; and preparing drinks and snacks.
* Food preparation
This area centers on the cook top and oven. This space is used mainly for food preparation (cleaning, cutting and so on); cooking; baking; plating up food.
* Clean up
The third key area concerns the clean up that comes after preparing food. This area centers on the sink and dishwasher. Typical activities include cleaning dishes, utensils, pots and pans; packing and unpacking the dishwasher; disposing of waste and recyclables.
Although there is a certain amount of crossover between the three key areas, each has its own particular requirements and appliances. It may be helpful to consider how these three areas in your current kitchen operate: Is there enough space to prepare and store food? Is the dishwasher located near where you store your crockery and cutlery? Are two people able to be in different key areas of the kitchen without getting in each other's way?
Of course, depending on your kitchen, additional key areas, such as a breakfast bar or laundry may also need to be taken into account.
The Work Triangle is an often used method for helping with placement of these zones.
The scientific method of making cabinets:
The base is adjustable cabinets that can be adjusted to the desired height.
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The screen size and lower cabinet unit will measure up. Between upper and lower cabinets should be set 60 cm apart , and then we measure the height of the cabinets above the cabinets above the range and standard depth of 70 to 90 cm to 30 cm above the cabinets .
In measuring its position on the early design of the kitchen plan should factors such as switch, hood, and sewer and ... The distance from the corners and height measurements can Kitchen Surface and Material Options.
Cleaning your kitchen cabinets
Cleaning your kitchen cabinets can be a quick, easy task or it can take hours, depending on what kind of shape the cabinets are in. One common problem is that grease, food particles, and smoke can stick to the surface of the cabinets, making them grimy. Since the main culprit is usually greased, it's important to clean kitchen cabinets with products that cut grease but don't create additional build up. You'll want to choose the best cleanser and consider whether you're going after exterior or interior cabinet grime. Generally, to clean kitchen cabinets, you'll want to start by wiping down the exterior with cleanser; after removing all dishes, food, or other items inside the cabinets, vacuum or sweep dirt from the shelves inside, and then wipe them down as well.
Choose a Cleanser
Dish washing liquids or mild laundry detergents are effective cleaners for most cabinet materials. To make sure your cleanser isn't too strong, you may want to dilute one part detergent in two parts warm water to make an easy kitchen cleanser. When using laundry detergent, it's a good idea to use one that is specially designed to remove grease and oil.
You can also use an all-purpose household cleaner to clean kitchen cabinets, but read the label carefully to be sure it won't ruin the finish. It's also a good idea to test the cleaner on a hidden area of one of the cabinets; many commercial household cleaning products leave a sticky residue, and some can cause significant damage to wood finish or paint. Be sure to empty the cabinets before using a harsher detergent or chemical, even on the outside so that your dishes remain protected.
Vinegar is a good, natural, all-purpose cleaner that can clean kitchen cabinets and remove buildup. Try using a solution of half vinegar and half water for cabinets that just need a regular cleaning; to cut through greasy buildup, apply undiluted vinegar. Lemon juice can be used instead of vinegar if you don't like the smell. A paste made of baking soda and water also makes a good natural scrub and helps remove a lot of grime from dirty cabinets.
Exterior Cabinet Cleaning
Clean kitchen cabinets from the outside in by gently scrubbing the exterior surfaces using a sponge or an old washcloth and whichever cleaning solution you choose. Don't use steel wool, scrub brushes, or any other item that can scratch the finish. It's a good idea to start in an inconspicuous area to make sure that your cleaning doesn't damage the cabinet. Once you've started cleaning, pay particular attention to the area around door handles and drawer pulls, as these places tend to be the stickiest. If possible, removing cabinet hardware before cleaning will make it easier to clean these areas.
Interior Cabinet Cleaning
After removing the contents of the cabinet, vacuum, sweep, or wipe up any crumbs or food particles from inside the cabinets. Using a sponge or cloth, use one of the cleaning solutions to clean the shelves, bottom, and sides of the cabinet interior. In some cases, the shelf liners may need to be replaced if they are too dirty or worn. Before putting food or dishes back in the cabinet, make sure you wipe down the interior with a clean, damp cloth and dry it with a towel or washcloth to remove any cleanser residue.
Since kitchens get so much use, cleaning your cabinets on a regular basis can help improve the look and health of the space. After a deep cleaning, be sure to give the cabinets a periodic wipe down with warm soapy water in order to keep them looking their best. Cabinets that look dull even after cleaning can be buffed with a furniture wax or polish suitable for their specific materials and finish.
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