Kitchen and Dining


Kitchens of modest size can be one of the most challenging rooms in the house to modify to accommodate different family members including aging adults. Changing storage heights, work surface heights and creating knee space can require major remodeling. Part of that challenge can be addressed by creating a simple, modular or moveable system for hanging cabinets and counters on walls, allowing simpler alterations over time.

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Drawer base cabinets can be purchased at home products retailers as well as from kitchen design businesses with a wide range of pricing and options. More customized options come with higher price tags. OK for experienced handyman or professional installer.

How-to tip

Create attractive and strong shelving by adding a decorative/structural edging and using multiple support brackets. When installing cabinets, take care to provide for a secure method of attaching them to the wall. The adjustability of the system and the torque imposed by users requires that the Installation be exceedingly sturdy, which will affect cabinet construction, hardware and work surface.

Moveable base cabinet units are largely specialty or custom items.

Use interior drawer dividers, especially in large drawers, to help organize contents and reduce clutter. Full extension drawer hardware allows all stored items to be seen and reached.