Freestanding cabinetry can be used to accent a wall in your kitchen or as a divider that breaks up the space within the room. Unlike anchored cabinetry, freestanding cabinetry will contain four finished sides. This type of cabinet can be used predominantly for enclosed storage or can have open shelving incorporated into it its design.

Finishes And Storage Options

Because this type of cabinetry can be moved to different locations within a kitchen, choosing an attractive finish for each side of a freestanding cabinet is important. Fixed cabinetry conceals the back portion of each cabinet. A group of fixed cabinets that are aligned next to each other will only reveal the sides of the cabinets that are located along each end of a grouping.

Wood, laminate, bamboo, and other natural and synthetic materials can be used to construct a freestanding unit. Paint, stain, textured accents, and weathering effects can be applied to each exterior surface. A freestanding unit can contain a single storage space that comprises one side of a cabinet or multiple storage spaces that comprise one or both sides of a unit.

If you will be using the new cabinetry as a divider, you could have cabinets installed on both sides of a unit and choose to store dishware in one side and pots, pans, and cooking utensils in the other. A freestanding unit that contains open shelving can be used to store a microwave, a toaster oven, or other gear that would be difficult to fit inside of a cabinet that contains a door.

Versatility Considerations

The height and weight of a freestanding unit may influence how easy it will be to move the storage cabinet around in your kitchen. Conduct a comparison of cabinet material types. The thickness of the materials that you will be choosing for the construction of the cabinetry and additional accessories or features that will add height or weight to the unit could have a bearing on the cabinetry's versatility.

A cabinet designer can add a wheel base or fixed legs along the bottom of a cabinet. If you plan on keeping the cabinetry in one place for most/all of the time, fixed legs will be sufficient for a freestanding unit. If you may set the cabinet up in several parts of the room on different occasions, choose a cabinet design that features caster wheels. The wheels will contain a smooth surface that won't mark your kitchen's floor when you are moving the cabinetry.

Contact a company that makes custom kitchen cabinets to learn more.