See-Through Cabinetry Glass-front cabinetry is a growing trend in kitchen design. Wood-framed drawers from KraftMaid feature false-front display panels that play a fun or functional role.
Available in two- and four-drawer base-cabinet units, you can fill them with dry goods (pasta, beans) or with more fanciful items (small toys, wrapped candies) for visual variety. With Nolte's lightweight, easy-cleaning molded-plastic drawers, what you see is what you get: a clear view of what's stored inside. Place them either above or below the counter. Basket Drawers
More than just a decorative touch, these wicker containers let air circulate around the contents of the drawer -- ideal for apples, potatoes and other produce. This look is especially at home in a traditional setting; sliding, chrome-plated wire bins are a suitable equivalent in a contemporary kitchen. In kit form, these drawers are a rewarding retrofit project (starting at about $150 per set). Or you can purchase fully finished cabinet boxes from a number of manufacturers; this version is from KraftMaid. Pivoting Wall Panels If you like the convenience of hanging your cooking equipment on the wall, pivoting panels can effectively double your storage space. These devices are a European innovation (the model shown, from Nolte Kitchens, is fitted with shelves on one side of the panel, adjustable rails on the other face), where cabinetry is designed for mobility. Clearance is key to these units, so they're best installed in the corners of rooms, taking the place of a conventional 36-in. corner cabinet. Pantry Pull-out The new System 4000 from Häfele (left, $1,500) features adjustable, quick-release trays that lift completely out from a central supporting column. Part of the appeal of pull-out pantries lies in their accessibility; don't install them in corners, where one side of the shelves will be blocked.
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