Pros And Cons Of Freestanding Kitchen Cabinets In Modern Times

Nowadays freestanding cabinets are so rarely seen in kitchens that when they do appear they look unusual, unnatural and intriguing. There was a time, however, when everything in the kitchen was free and movable and that included both appliances and furniture, the only exception being the sink. In the 1940s, however, came a period when freestanding kitchen cabinets were considered highly impractical and out of fashion and when the style we now consider conventional was favored. Right now we’re seeing a comeback of freestanding cabinetry and we’re rediscovering all the things that made them so appealing in the first place.

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Of course, in order to be able to accurately compare freestanding kitchen cabinets with anything else we first need to understand what they are. The best way to describe them is as being base cabinets with legs. A base cabinet sits on the floor and provides a base for other kitchen-related elements. Its freestanding version is more or less the same thing but completely elevated from the floor.{found on magnidesign}.

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Freestanding cabinets don’t need to be attached to the back wall although they can be if desired. The category includes not only the cabinets that outline the kitchen but also the prep tables and other modules usually placed in the center of the space.

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Although, like always, there are both pros and cons to consider, we have a feeling that the pros outnumber the cons in this case. We’ll start by mentioning just how practical freestanding kitchen cabinets are. A lot of them are finished on all sides which means you can basically move them around and create different configurations whenever you want to. You might however be limited by the length of the countertop.{found on warmingtonandnorth}.

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The fact that the cabinets are movable gives great flexibility in the kitchen. Still, don’t overdo it. If you move a furniture piece around too much it will eventually be damaged so try to find a configuration that you’re most happy with and keep it. The cabinets have legs which can be individually raised or lowered so you’ll be able to adjust them perfectly even if there are imperfections in the flooring.

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Sure, those legs we mentioned may not be appealing to everyone so if you’d rather not see them you can conceal them with skirting boards. This way you can have that uniform and neat look in your kitchen as well as the flexibility and modularity that comes with freestanding cabinets.

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Another great advantage that comes with freestanding kitchen cabinets is easy cleaning. The cabinets are elevated from the floor and you can easily mop and vacuum under them. Also, they look more lightweight like this and this helps make the entire room feel airy and spacious.

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Contrary to what you may think, freestanding kitchen cabinets are actually more easy to install than the conventional types. You may not even need the help of a professional which brings us to what is possibly the greatest advantage of all: the ability to retake control of your kitchen and to be in complete charge of its look, configuration, placement and even installation.

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With all these pros you might think what could possibly be the cons of freestanding kitchen cabinets. Well, this classic look which defines their style may not be appealing to everyone. In fact, it’s best suited for traditional kitchens. Then there’s also the issue of the cost. Freestanding cabinets are often more expensive than conventional ones so that’s something to think about too. Of course, the easier installation could save you enough to make it worth investing in the cabinets in the first place.