Finding the RTA Balance Between Design and Function

natural shaker kitchenWhen delving into the world of RTA cabinets, there is such a wealth of options that it is hard to know where to begin.  That being said, the line between design and function isn’t as large as you would think, as RTA cabinets are a very stable, sturdy, and design-conscious option that can make your kitchen have the best of both worlds.

Ask for Help

There is no shame at all in asking for help, and many places, such as RTA Cabinet Store, are very happy to help you.  As long as you are willing to do some of your own homework, such as taking pictures and measurements of your kitchen, asking an expert is the right thing to do.  Peruse the offerings of the site you are on, and get a feel for what style of kitchen you are looking for.  Are you going to go with a classic white Shaker style or a more contemporary option, for example?  Once you have your ideas, measurements and any other information you think will be relevant to the kitchen (i.e. you just have to have a top door opening freezer incorporated into the design), it’s time to begin the design.

Consider Everything, Not Just the RTA Cabinets

When building your kitchen virtually, you will be choosing cabinets, both top and bottom.  You also will need to consider appliances, sink size, your backsplash, the countertop, and whether you want an island or peninsula incorporated into the design.  The size of your kitchen will make a difference, especially if you don’t want it to feel cramped.  Choose things in order, which should be: appliances, sink size, RTA cabinet style, countertop and backsplash.  The appliances and sink size will tell you how much space their respective cabinets or areas will need out of your kitchen cabinet space, thereby allowing you to work backwards from them and know exactly how much space you have left for your other cabinets.  It will also determine the sizes of the top cabinets, as they tend to match somewhat to the sizes of the cabinets below them.

Consider the “Specials”

What things are needed in your kitchen specifically?  Are you a maniacally good cook and demand space for literally hundreds of spices near the stove?  A full-size pull-out spice rack cabinet is the ticket, but you need to then think about putting the stove near the end of the cabinets and not in the middle, as the full-size rack is normally much taller than the average cabinet.  Like to drink good wines and keep them handy?  Perhaps a very thin, wine pull-cabinet is a good idea for your kitchen, or a double-door stationary wine rack.  Just remember, your design can reflect your individual tastes as much or as little as you like.  If you don’t find exactly what you need, consider versatile cabinet accessories such as Rev-A-Shelf cabinet inserts, which can transform vanilla cabinet interiors into amazingly useful spaces.

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