A lot of people don’t realize just how complex cabinetry can be, and that’s a good thing. A cabinet’s first job is to be convenient, simple, and accessible. When the team at JV Cabinet Makers designs cabinet systems for homes or businesses, we do everything we can to make them effortless to use. The thing is, there are many different types of cabinets, and a lot of thought goes into cabinets that don’t require a thought to use. The basic cabinet categories¬†include base cabinets, wall cabinets, and tall cabinets. In today’s blog, we want to explore base cabinets in hopes the information we share gives you more confidence moving forward. Read on!

Base Cabinets 101

As their name suggests, base cabinets exist closest to the floor, and they are known as the heavy lifters of the cabinet world. They are generally used for bulk storage and therefore feature big shelves, recycling bins, pullout racks, laundry hampers, and wastebaskets. You’ll generally find cookware and cleaning supplies in these cabinets, and many times, they’ll support countertops.

What Types of Base Cabinet Can You Get?

When it comes to base cabinets, the only limit is your imagination. However, there are a few basic types that have proven themselves to be great for many different applications.

  • Pullout Cabinets
    If you’re tired of getting down to peer into the back corners of your cabinets to get what you need, pull out cabinets are the perfect solution. They keep much-needed items very close at hand by allowing you to pull the cabinet’s entire contents out on rollers. These cabinets have open shelves with racks to keep items from falling out, and they are usually narrow.
  • Easy-Access Cabinets
    These base cabinets usually have a middle shelf to lift some items up. They will often have little racks attached to the inside of the door to make it easier for you to access items you use often.
  • Corner Cabinets
    Corners in kitchens are either wonderful or very frustrating. One way to make them useful and convenient is corner cabinets with Lazy Susans inside. Lazy Susans are made to spin and usually offer two shelves that can accommodate anything from dishes to pots and food. These clever inventions are truly the best way to handle kitchen corners and turn them into useful spaces.

  • Open Cabinets
    As the name suggests, these cabinets don’t have doors. They are designed to provide display space as well as quick, convenient access.
  • Two Drawer Cabinets
    Instead of simple boxes with doors on the front, drawer cabinets make each space a drawer that can be pulled out for ease of access. Unlike pull out cabinets, these can handle entire stacks of pots and pans. They prevent you from needing to dig way back into your cabinets.
  • Where Are Base Cabinets Used?
    There are so many different ways to use base cabinets! Whether you need the simple convenience of bulk storage or something more advanced, base cabinets are foundational. Read on to learn some of the ways we can install base cabinets in your home or business!
  • Window Seats
    Low-profile base cabinets with drawers can be the perfect foundation for cozy seats along a window. These can be used in the kitchen, library, or family room. Window seats are a great opportunity to use fabric or leather to add interesting color and patterns to the room.
  • Kitchen Islands
    Give yourself more counter space and storage with a kitchen island made from base cabinets. You can combine closed cabinets, open cabinets, and pull out cabinets to ensure you have immediate access to what you use the most and large storage for other cookware.
  • Recycling and Trash
    We can create base cabinets with racks and removable tubs to hold trash and recycling materials out of sight yet convenient to access and empty.

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