Lots of homeowners are now choosing to devote one of their entire kitchen walls to cabinetry. This type of cabinetry maximises the storage space and offers a sleek design within the hub of the home.
The traditional kitchen is normally made up of base cabinets and wall cabinets, or even freestanding pieces of furniture. In today’s kitchen design the preferences have changed and the floor-to-ceiling type of cabinetry is becoming more and more popular.
Many of our clients have opted for this type of cabinet to suit the home and their busy lifestyle. Having this type of cabinet turns your area into your ‘wants’, ‘needs’, and ‘must-haves’.
Are you planning a kitchen and thinking of introducing floor-to-ceiling cabinetry into your space? Speak to us at Handmade Kitchen Company and we can design you a kitchen that is perfect for you and your family as well as your home, with any type of cabinet, in any size and hand-painted in the choice of your colour to make it truly bespoke to you.
Below we look at the different options you can incorporate into your heart of the home – the kitchen.
Maximise the storage space
With a smaller kitchen, it is vital to maximize and make the most of the available space you have. Our Bishop’s Stortford project below is a prime example of this and shows just how we have managed to use the space perfectly, suiting our client’s way of life and requirements.
As this was a relatively compact space we were able to design one side of the kitchen with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, including an integrated fridge freezer for a more streamlined look. Amongst the cabinets, a day pantry has also been included for easy selection of kitchen essentials such as herbs and spices for the mid-week meal. To create a relaxed feel through the wooden elements our client chose Farrow & Ball’s, Shaded White.
As previously said above, with a small kitchen you want to maximise the available space you have and that’s with furniture. Our client in Bishop’s Stortford lives in an old post house, and whilst it was not possible to remove walls, we came up with the perfect layout to utilize the space in this unique property. Three separate walls of furniture but all floor-to-ceiling, creating extra storage and a place for everything.
Floor-to-ceiling wall cabinets are a fantastic solution for your kitchen if you want to add integrated appliances. A sleek design is met and frees up other areas of the kitchen. In the Hatfield Broad Oak kitchen below there are many cabinets of this style within including the one you can see integrated with Miele appliances. They sit perfectly between pull-out drawers and overhead storage. The furniture is our classic shaker style, with an in-frame style, recessed panel doors and flat-fronted drawers. It has been hand-painted in Light French Grey Mid 162 by Little Greene Paint Company.
A traditional style shaker kitchen is seen here in the Billericay project with a unique shaped kitchen island that gives instant appeal. It has to be one of our favourites. Behind all this, a sleek design sits with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry housing many appliances including a wine cooler that becomes part of the bar dresser.
Mix it up with worktops
Sometimes opting for an entire run of floor-to-ceiling cabinets sacrifices worktop space. Incorporate an island into the mix for additional worktop space if you have the room, this will also provide additional storage and a potential seating area. The project below in London we designed and built is of a double galley-style layout with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and base units in an asymmetrical pattern. A large island was incorporated into the middle to provide another leg of units and worktop space, as well as create a casual and sociable seating area. One side sits a day/ breakfast pantry surrounded by a marble worktop and the opposite side holds a row of appliances with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.
Another great example of mixing up the cabinetry with worktops is this large pantry unit in the Standon project. This especially draws the eye but so does the two kitchen islands, which is something quite special.
How about a symmetrical design
Kitchen designs with a symmetrical layout are attractive, especially when using floor-to-ceiling cabinets. The best way to create this style with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is to surround an appliance, just like in our Whetstone project below. This is our popular classic shaker design hand-painted in Little Greene’s Inox, creating a timeless look making it feel warm and relaxing too. The neutral hues bring an understated look to this hub of the home for many years to come. The floor-to-ceiling cabinets go up and around the stunning fridge freezer and are made into the ultimate day pantries.
Complete the fridge/freezer area with full-height pull-out drawers to store all your dry ingredients in one place. This is exactly what we designed for our client in Cuffley. A sleek kitchen unit that sits on an unused wall.
Some other projects with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry
As you can see on the back wall of the Stock project, the cabinets go from floor to ceiling which enjoys a fully built-in look. The truly bespoke nature of our kitchens allows for this. There’s even a breakfast pantry that sits on top of the worktops in the corner which can be left open from the bi-fold doors.
The Hadley Wood kitchen layout features many floor-to-ceiling cabinets in all corners of the room that become a feature in themselves. This bespoke kitchen had a bookcase, fridge/freezer unit and a bar dresser with an additional wine rack all designed within the spectacular space.
The Chelmsford project was another great example of how this type of furniture works in the perfect kitchen. Appliances from Sub-Zero Wolf have been built amongst the traditional style furniture to produce a bank close to the work surface and prepping areas.
Creating a calm and relaxing space in the Woldingham project was the main aim, but to also fill it with cabinetry that worked on three sides of the room providing the home with as much storage as possible.
If you would like to know more about our bespoke designs and kitchen storage that suits you and your individual needs contact us today – we look forward to hearing from you. Build your dream kitchen here at The Handmade Kitchen Company. Website by Springer Digital
This article was originally written on 18/08/20 and updated on 18/02/22