Base Cabinets In Your Kitchen

Oct 6, 2023 | Blog

Making your base cabinets more functional can greatly improve the efficiency and usability of your kitchen. Here are some tips and ideas to help you achieve this:

Pull-Out Shelves or Drawers

Install pull-out shelves or drawers inside your base cabinets in your kitchen. These make it much easier to access items at the back of the cabinet without having to bend down or reach too far.

Lazy Susans

Lazy Susans are rotating trays that can be installed in corner cabinets or other deep cabinets. They allow you to access items in the back of the cabinet by simply rotating the tray.

Deep Drawer Dividers

If you have deep drawers in your base cabinets, consider adding dividers or organizers to keep pots, pans, and other items neatly separated and easy to access.

Roll-Out Trays

Roll-out trays are similar to pull-out shelves but are designed specifically for pots, pans, and lids. They make it easy to access your cookware without having to stack and unstack items.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Adding under-cabinet lighting can make it easier to see what’s inside your base cabinets, especially in darker corners. LED strip lights are a popular choice for this purpose.

Adjustable Shelving

If your base cabinets have fixed shelves, consider replacing them with adjustable shelves. This allows you to customize the height between shelves to accommodate various items.

Pot and Pan Organizer

Install a pot and pan organizer rack inside one of your base cabinets. This rack typically has hooks or slots to hang your pots and pans, keeping them organized and easily accessible.

Pull-Out Trash and Recycling Bins

Consider installing pull-out bins for trash and recycling in one of your base cabinets. This frees up floor space and keeps unsightly bins hidden.

Toe-Kick Drawers

Utilize the space beneath your base cabinets by adding toe-kick drawers. These small drawers are hidden beneath the cabinet and can be used to store flat items like baking sheets, cutting boards, or baking pans.

Corner Cabinet Solutions

If you have corner cabinets, consider adding pull-out shelves, lazy Susans, or diagonal drawers to maximize the use of this often underutilized space.

Clear Containers

Use clear storage containers or bins to store items like dry goods, snacks, or small kitchen appliances. This makes it easier to see what you have and keeps things organized.


Labelling your cabinet shelves or containers can help you quickly find what you need, especially if you have a lot of similar-looking containers.

Declutter Regularly

Periodically go through your lower cabinets and declutter. Donate or discard items you no longer need to free up space and make your cabinets more functional.

Custom Solutions

If you have a specific need or unique cabinet layout, consider consulting with a kitchen designer or cabinet maker to create custom storage solutions tailored to your kitchen’s requirements.  By implementing some or all of these ideas, you can make the base cabinets in your kitchen more functional and efficient, making your daily cooking and kitchen activities more enjoyable.

We can help with all aspects of your new kitchen design in Bristol.  We take time to consider your kitchen flow, counter space and storage requirements, so that your kitchen works for you.  Why not visit our showroom on Whiteladies Road in Bristol.

Have a great weekend.

Clinton and Fiona