Avoiding the use of wall-hanging cabinets is a contemporary kitchen interior idea that enjoys popularity throughout the USA and the UK. At first sight, the solution may seem non-functional. But with the pieces of advice given below, you’ll be able to implement such an approach in your home without compromising the functionality and practicality.
Pros and cons of cabinet-free kitchens.
Kitchens without cabinets have both strong and weak points as against standard solutions.
- Spaciousness. A kitchen without cupboards hanging over the counters appears more airy and neat.
- Functionality. A cabinet-free kitchen is a great interior solution for those who frequently cooks a lot – nothing will weigh upon you during the cooking process.
- Strong decorative effect is the principal advantage of a single-level kitchen, as well as the opportunity to implement unconventional design ideas. The practical value and ergonomics of such a solution pale into insignificance. The walls above the floor-standing furniture remain free and spare, offering a vast scale for stylish experiments.
- More light. Such a furnishing idea removes shadows cast by hanging cupboards onto the working surfaces, thus eliminating the need to use additional light sources by day.
- Relevancy to contemporary design styles. Single-level kitchens look great in interiors in the popular USA and UK styles, such as Loft, Industrial, Minimalism, the Scandinavian style, as well as Country and Provence.
- Lack of storage space. Ready-built kitchens without the upper line of cabinets are half as capacious as standard complete kitchens. Thus, the non-standard cupboard-free furnishing solutions are barely suitable for small kitchen rooms.
- Unused wall surfaces. Leaving so much space unoccupied is a luxury. The primary purpose of the kitchen is being utility, practical, and even somewhat down-to-earth. Sacrificing the convenience and ergonomics for the eye appeal is unwise.
- Extra load on your back. When most dinnerware is found under the counter, you have to bend over oftener willy-nilly, while physical exercising is good only within reason.
On-floor furniture only: When the solution’s appropriate?
Abandoning hanging kitchen cabinets is a big change in your home, so think it over well and analyze the situation before adopting such a momentous decision. The idea of on-floor kitchen furniture only is appropriate in the following situations:
- When your kitchen room is long and narrow, and you need to expand the scope of free space. Only the essential cooking things can be stored in such a kitchen; you’ll have to refuse from any additional decorations and accessories. The on-floor units will form the core of the storage system in such an interior.
- When your kitchen is roomy and spacious. Instead of hanging cabinets, you can afford a plenty of on-floor cabinets, cupboards, chests-of-drawers and other units of good storage capacity.
- When your kitchen is spacious and has enormous, virtually floor-to-ceiling windows. In such a room, hanging cabinets would be superfluous, cluttering up the space and stifling the occupants.
- When you combine the kitchen and living areas. But before refusing from hanging cabinets, think about where to store the cookware and kitchen appliances.
Five ideas for organizing storage systems.
Lack of space for storing crockery, appliances, groceries and other minor items is the main drawback of a kitchen without hanging cabinets. That’s why the kitchen space must be optimized and well-thought-out. There are several ways to compensate for the lack of storage space.
- A set of column-type cupboards. If the area of your kitchen room exceeds 200 sq. ft, you can compensate for the absence of hanging cabinets with the help of a set of high (sometimes floor-to-ceiling) column-type cupboards. They can accommodate a built-in fridge, a number of other appliances, lots of dinnerware and other. The column cupboards and the set of kitchen counters can be arranged along parallel or perpendicular walls equally well.
- One column-type cupboard will meet your storage needs if your kitchen is too small to accommodate a huge set of such furniture or if you don’t need a large storage system.
- Open shelves. They appear much more lightweight than wall-hanging cabinets with massive fronts. Shelving units can undertake and perform the storage function excellently. On the other hand, if you hang too many shelves on the wall, your kitchen will no longer be single-level, and the original design concept may be spoiled. Open shelves also require twice as much care and attention, including regular wet dusting, neat and tidy arrangement of items, etc. A reasonable idea is to hang just a couple of shelves where it’s absolutely necessary – above the sink or the main cooking surface.
- Rails and racks. Although they won’t solve the storage issue completely, the functionality of your single-level kitchen will be improved. Rails and racks are perfect for keeping the essential cooking things and jars with spices at hand. But keep in mind: such structures create a sense of a slight mess, which may distort the minimalist concept of the kitchen interior without hanging cabinets.
- On-floor storage units of increased capacity. If you’ve picked up a single-level floor-standing complete kitchen, pay enhanced attention to its contents. This is especially true about the corner counter and the unit housing the kitchen sink – ideally, they should have convenient shelves, drawers and carousel drawers.