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Planning Kitchen Cabinets: Types and Functions Overview

Find the right kitchen cabinet for your needs and efficiently utilize the available space.

Kitchen cabinets are an essential part of any kitchen, contributing both to functionality and aesthetics. There are different types of cabinets that meet specific needs, represent different styles, and of course, cover various functional areas. The choice between the different models largely depends on the specific needs and available space in your kitchen. It is always important to utilize the available space as best and efficiently as possible, so there is enough storage space and the planning looks aesthetic and homely.

With the variety of kitchen cabinets available on the market, it can be easy to lose track. Base cabinet, wall cabinet, corner cabinet, tall cabinet, or top cabinet – there are many different types of cabinets for kitchen planning. But which kitchen cabinet is needed where and for what in the kitchen? Which kitchen cabinets are suitable for corners? Which for supplies? Doors or drawers?

Here is an overview and comparison of some of the most common types of cabinets:

Hinged Door Cabinet

Hinged door cabinets have doors that are attached to hinges and open outwards. When opened, the doors require relatively much space in front of the cabinet. They can be customized and are available in many designs and materials. The entire width of the cabinet contents is directly visible and easily accessible when the doors are opened. Planned as tall cabinets, hinged door cabinets offer plenty of storage space. Here, for example, kitchen appliances, household helpers, and dishes can find their place.

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Pull-out cabinets have, for example, drawers that can be pulled out. The pull-outs allow for better organization and accessibility of contents, especially in deep cabinets. Pull-out systems can be equipped with various inserts and organizational aids.

Cabinet types in a kitchen: the pull-out cabinet

Rondel and "Le Mans" Corner Solution

Rondel and Le Mans corner cabinets are two special solutions for efficiently utilizing corner areas in kitchens. Both systems optimize storage space in corners that are otherwise hard to reach, but offer different mechanisms and advantages. Here is a detailed comparison of these two corner solutions: The rondel consists of circular shelves that rotate around a central axis. These cabinets often have a door that opens outwards. By rotating the rondel, you can access the various segments hidden behind the corner. Access to contents is possible by simply rotating the shelves. A rondel uses the available corner space very efficiently and makes it fully usable.

Named after the famous curve on the racetrack, the Le Mans corner cabinet consists of shelves that can be pulled out and swivel to the side. These cabinets often have two independent moving parts. The shelves are designed to be completely pulled out of the cabinet, allowing easy access to every area.

The Larder Unit

A larder unit is typically slim and tall, with a large pull-out front. The design is very modern and can be integrated in various styles. The larder unit ensures excellent visibility and accessibility from two sides, as the entire interior of the cabinet can be pulled out. This makes supplies easy and quick to reach, even those at the back. The vertical design is perfect for narrow, limited spaces. It is often used to store items like oil, vinegar, or various spices. The vertical design is perfect for narrow, limited spaces. It is often used to store items like oil, vinegar, or various spices.

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The Larder Cabinet

In the classic larder cabinet with shelf boards, there are stacked shelves to store items. Unlike the pull-out larder, this cabinet type is not a pull-out cabinet. Supplies at the front may need to be slightly moved if you want to reach the items at the back. However, the cabinet generally offers wide spaces for storing larger items.

Cabinet types in the kitchen: The larder unit
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