<font size="3" color="#990000"><strong>Maximizing Kitchen Cabinet Space</strong></font> <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Efficient kitchen cabinets are an important part of any kitchen’s overall design. If you are planning a new kitchen or renovating an existing one, well-chosen cabinets are an absolute must. Cabinets can represent a significant financial investment in your kitchen, so it’s important to choose wisely. Here are a few kitchen cabinet factors to consider that can help make your next kitchen remodeling project more successful.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"></span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Assessing Your Space and Needs</strong></p>   <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Before you start to purchase kitchen cabinets, you should take some time to evaluate the size, layout and overall floor plan of your kitchen. Are you planning to retain the same kitchen cabinet layout that you already have, or do you want to create an entirely new layout? If you are designing a new layout, it can be helpful to work with a kitchen planner in order to maximize space and efficiency in the kitchen. You should also give some thought to your needs and cooking habits. For example, depending on whether you generally cook alone or your family loves to cook together, your needs could be quite different.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Upper and Lower Cabinets</strong></p>   <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">In areas where you wish to have countertop space, you’ll generally want to choose both upper and lower cabinets. Pay attention to details that could enhance the storage possibilities and efficiency of the cabinets. For example, lower cabinets that feature pull-out drawers instead of shelves can provide handy access to pots, pans and lids. Specialized cabinets designed to store small items such as spices can also be a good use of space. When choosing upper cabinets, you’ll need to choose between those which have solid doors, glass doors, or even open shelving. Cabinets with glass doors are great if you have beautiful glassware or dinnerware to display, while open shelving can be quite handy for baking supplies and other items that you use frequently.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p><strong>Pantry Cabinets</strong>   <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">A pantry cabinet can also be a very useful addition to your kitchen’s layout. Not only will a pantry provide a lot of space to store large and bulky items, but it will also be quite efficient for storing large amounts of canned goods and other food supplies. The extra space and convenient storage capabilities of pantry cabinets make them good kitchen additions. In addition to pantry cabinets used to store food items, a full-height cabinet designed to hold brooms, mops, trash containers and other kitchen cleaning supplies can also be quite handy. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p><div style="text-align: center"><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="425" height="282"><param name="movie" value="../images/banners/2b.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="" /><embed src="../images/banners/2b.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="282"></embed></object></div><strong>Kitchen</strong><strong> Islands</strong>   <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Kitchen islands can also be quite useful in the kitchen. These freestanding cabinet areas will provide you with additional storage space in addition to more countertop work are. Depending on your needs, you could also install upper cabinets over the island to provide even more storage. Adding a small sink to the kitchen island is a great way to create a handy food preparation area. By adding a few bar stools, it’s also possible to create an area where the family can enjoy a quick breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. Many times adding an island to your kitchen can greatly improve its overall layout and efficiency, making it easier for you to work in the kitchen.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p>  <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Jessica Ackerman from WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, a <a href="http://www.walldecorandhomeaccents.com" target="_blank">metal decor store</a>, has skills in decorating with <a href="http://www.walldecorandhomeaccents.com/kitchen-wall-decor.html" target="_blank">kitchen wall art</a>.</span></p></span>