Blog – September 2017
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Adele has worked in the design field for approximately 17 years after earning her Interior Design Diploma from Algonquin College. Although she has found her niche in kitchen and bath design, she has also worked on various projects involving retail and office design. Adele has been with Deslaurier Custom Cabinets for over 9 years and has had the pleasure of working with many great clients on some fantastic projects.
Extra Opportunities for Functional Storage
In this world filled with technology we can’t even walk out the door without a device or two. Wouldn’t it be great to have a designated space in your home that you could use as a landing, storage and charging station for all these things? It could be in a central location where everyone can grab their devices on the way out the door. You would only need a very small corner of the room or even a niche that is being underutilized. Custom cabinetry could be used to give you a spot to charge, store and organize all these gadgets. A small cabinet with a drawer at the top that could hold all the accessories and chargers and a door below with some internal rollouts for storage would work. Maybe a rollout for every member of the family. This could also be a cabinet that could have a lock installed on it so that the “tech time” can be monitored a little more closely. As for the top of the cabinet, you could use a very durable material (like quartz) or something like a wood veneer top to match the cabinet (less durable but more like a furniture top) depending on the esthetic you are working with. The great thing about using custom cabinetry for areas such as this is that you have a huge selection of door styles and finishes to choose from and you can customize the size which is something you just can’t do when looking through furniture stores.
Another place that gets neglected, but is a great place to consider custom cabinetry, would be in the mudroom or main entrance of your home. When you walk through the front door after a long day, what do you do with all the bags and supplies you have needed throughout the day? Chances are that they get put on the floor inside the door to stay there until the next day. They may get walked over, pushed to the side or even stepped on. Wouldn’t it be great to have a custom designed space where getting things off the floor was easy, where it could rest neatly in its place and ready to grab on the way out the door in the morning. A custom mudroom unit with hooks for coats and backpacks, drawers for hats and mitts, and shelves for books or computer bags all designed around a bench seat would be a perfect solution. You could also incorporate closed tall storage into this concept where you could store umbrellas and even the occasional hockey stick. A unit such as this can be designed with individual cubbies based on the number of people in the household or just a couple of hooks and drawers where things can be tidied away. The trick is to find the space where you will need it the most and take measurements of this space.
These are just a couple of examples of concepts that clients don’t typically think of when they think custom cabinetry, but where custom is ideal for these situations. These are scenarios where the concepts are best utilized in high traffic or common areas but its likely that these are the areas tightest on space. If you can take some measurements of the spaces and make a list of your needs your next step would be to go and visit a designer that works with custom cabinetry. They will be able to review the countless possibilities with you based on the finishes and details that will best suit the aesthetic of your home. As well, they can help you choose the proper materials for your space that, based on the area and function, can vary from something standard to something that will be more durable.
When thinking of alternative storage solutions remember that custom cabinetry can change the way your household functions on a day to day basis and can often be worked into spaces that you feel may not be large enough or be the proper shape for a piece of furniture.