When you hear the word “cabinet,” your mind probably goes straight to kitchens and bathrooms. However, cabinetry can be utilized throughout any home, from your bedroom closet to your laundry room. This guide will serve as an overview of cabinet styles beyond kitchens and bathrooms to help you get inspired and choose the right products for your home.
Incorporate Storage Cabinets Into Your Attic
While they’re often underutilized as living spaces, attics are versatile areas that can be transformed into bedrooms, offices, playrooms, oversized walk-in closets, and more. Here are a few ways you can incorporate cabinetry into refinished attic spaces:
- If you repurpose your attic into a bedroom, consider adding under-bed storage and using tall bookcases to divide your space.
- If you opt for an attic office, consider adding base kitchen cabinets under your desk.
- Turn your attic into a huge walk-in closet using tall cabinets with rods for clothing and cubbies for shoes and accessories.
Adding cabinets to your attic is also a great way to utilize dead space, while also hiding flaws in your roof. You can build cabinetry into gables and eaves, place it along chimneys, or recess it into knee walls. You can even build storage space into your attic staircase, depending on its style.
Enhance Your Bedroom Closet with Custom Storage
One of the best ways to turn your bedroom into the oasis of your dreams is by adding custom cabinetry to your closet. This allows you to maximize storage space, while also creating a sophisticated look and feel. Your cabinets should include both low and high rods for clothing, along with tilted shelves for shoes. Depending on the available space, you may want to add separate cabinetry for your smaller items and accessories.
Utilize Different Cabinet Styles for Basement Storage
The cabinetry you choose for your basement depends largely on whether it’s finished or unfinished. We’ll run through the basics of buying cabinets for your basement below.
If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time relaxing with family and friends in your finished basement. With that in mind, it’s important to have as much storage space as possible. One aesthetically-pleasing way to maximize storage is to build cabinets beneath your basement stairs.
You can also opt for cabinetry that does double duty as an entertainment center and storage for books and toys. While open shelving keeps things close at hand, closed cabinetry creates a streamlined look if you have a lot to store.
Alongside garages and attics, basements are one of the most popular storage areas for homeowners. A simple wall of stock cabinets paired with shelves and drawers will help you stay tidy and organized. If you need more storage space, consider placing smaller cabinets designed for ceilings between exposed rafters.
Use Cabinetry to Make the Most of Dining Room Storage
Cabinetry can also play a vital role in your dining room, especially if you want to show off fine china or high-end cookware. You can match glass-front cabinets to your dining room set — or kitchen cabinets — to create a seamless look across both rooms. If you’re not sure where to get started, look into corner cabinets and hutches that are designed for dining rooms.
Create Your Dream Wet or Dry Bar
Whether you’re a casual enthusiast or aspiring mixologist, a home bar is the perfect addition to any living space. Along with keeping everything you need to make drinks close at hand, a wet or dry bar is a great statement piece.
Most home bars start with a row of base kitchen cabinets underneath a countertop. This cabinetry is typically used for storing glasses and other accessories. You can also add overhead cabinets and hanging glass racks, depending on your available space. If you want to showcase your liquor selection and fine drinkware, opt for glass-front cabinets. You can also build base cabinetry around wine fridges and kegerators for a completely custom look.
Enhance Your Home Office With Storage Cabinets
If you have a home office, you already know that it can quickly become a cluttered mess. However, a few strategically-placed cabinets can help you avoid this dilemma. Along with being the perfect place to store office equipment, base cabinets are an ideal foundation for a desk. Some base cabinets are even specifically-designed to hold hanging file folders. If space allows, you can add open shelving or closed cabinets above your workspace for even more storage.
Store All of the Essentials Using Garage Cabinetry
While they may not immediately jump to mind when you think of garage storage, stock kitchen cabinets are a great place to keep your garage essentials. You can use base cabinets to store larger possessions, and some also have drawers for smaller items. They’re also the perfect foundation for a countertop if you’re a hobbyist or use your garage as a workspace. You can pair these with upper cabinets for storing smaller items that you want to keep close at hand.
Enhance the Functionality of Your Laundry & Mudroom
The multi-purpose functions of laundry and mudrooms often leave them cluttered and disorganized. Here are a few ways buying cabinets can help keep these two rooms tidy.
Maximize Your Laundry Room Storage
If you have room for upper cabinets, you can use them to keep laundry supplies and household cleaners organized and out of sight. Base cabinets are the perfect place to keep hampers, and taller cabinets can store clothing that doesn’t go into the dryer. If you have the budget, you can even frame your appliances with custom cabinetry that blends them into the rest of the laundry room.
Keep Your Busy Mudroom Organized
Because they’re at the entrance of your home, mudrooms can easily become a disorganized mess. One of the best ways to keep them clean and functional is with all-season storage. If your mudroom has a bench (built-in or freestanding), you can add cubbies beneath it for footwear. Both base and upper cabinets are also great places for jackets, umbrellas, and sports equipment.
Upgrade Your Living Room With Storage Cabinets
Living rooms often contain shelving for books and knick-knacks, but they’re also a great place for cabinetry. Keep in mind that there’s no “right” answer when it comes to living room cabinetry — just do what’s right for your space. Here are just a few ways you might incorporate cabinet styles into your living room:
- Maximize your storage space with open or closed floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.
- Frame a doorway or fireplace with custom cabinetry and shelves for a touch of personality.
- Customize your entertainment center with covered cabinetry for an uncluttered look.
- Install base cabinets below windows (or window seats) to store toys, books, and games.
- Install upper cabinets on the floor to divide a large living room into separate spaces.