Category: Custom Cabinets

Floor to Ceiling Kitchen Cabinets Benefits and Information
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith Interiors

Why I’d Choose Floor to Ceiling Kitchen Cabinets

I’ve decided it’s time to weigh in on the debate surrounding whether kitchen cabinets should fully extend to the ceiling or not. In truth, neither option is “wrong,” but I will always recommend considering floor to ceiling cabinetry to my customers. Here are my reasons why:

 

Increase Storage

Extending your cabinets to the ceiling turns otherwise wasted space into additional storage. I know some people will argue that it’s difficult to reach, but so what? Put your seasonal items, like the Thanksgiving gravy bowl and Christmas cookie platter, up there so you only have to take them down once a year. I, personally, will take all the extra storage I can get.  Install a library ladder or a pull out stool by Hafele to access the uppermost items.

And, if you like to display things like vases on top of your cabinets, you don’t have to sacrifice that decoration. Instead of making the upper cabinets extra storage space, use glass paneled doors to create a dust-free display.

 

Aesthetically Pleasing

They look gorgeous, period. Floor to ceiling cabinets draw the eye all the way to the ceiling, making the space look larger, whereas shorter cabinets create a visual break and make the room appear smaller. They also help create a luxurious, clean, high-end look. Don’t feel all the cabinetry must be floor to ceiling. Your kitchen may lend itself to having one wall floor to ceiling, and additional walls with shelving, standard height cabinetry or none at all.

 

Eliminate Dust

Be honest — how often do you dust the top of your kitchen cabinets? With floor to ceiling cabinets, there’s nothing to clean. Eliminating that dust will do wonders for people with allergies and will create a healthier environment for everyone else.

 

Do You Agree?

If my argument has persuaded you (or at least peaked your interest), contact us for more information or use our dealer locator to find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you!

Houzz recently released its 2021 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study, and the results on cabinet styles are particularly interesting. Here are the top 2021 cabinet styles that homeowners renovating their kitchens are loving right now.

Style

Top 2021 Cabinet Style in the United States is Shaker according to Houzz
Design by True North Cabinets

Shaker style once again ranked the most popular kitchen cabinet style, taking a whopping 57% of the vote. The second most popular style was flat panel. Securing only 21% of the vote, it didn’t come anywhere close to dethroning shakers.

 

Customization

Customization is one of the Top 2021 Cabinet Style Trends in the United States
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith Interiors

Customized cabinets also won big. 41% of participants chose fully custom cabinets and 35% chose semi-custom options. In contrast, only 12% chose stock cabinets and 8% chose a ready-to-assemble option.

Similarly, homeowners favored built-in organizers and specialty storage options. For those including cabinet organizers, 48% selected cookie sheet holders and 39% selected a spice organizer. For those including specialty storage, 60% selected pullout waste or recycling drawers, 38% selected a lazy Susan, and 34% selected pullout/swing-out cabinets.

 

Color

White is the Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Color in 2021
Design by Tyler Hurst of Kountry Kraft, Inc.

Although it slipped a little in popularity compared to 2020’s numbers, white is still clearly the most popular kitchen cabinet color with 41% of the vote. Wood tones as a group received 23% of the vote, which can be broken down into medium-tone woods (13%) and light-tone woods (7%). Gray comes in a very distant third place, securing only 10% of the vote.

Food for Thought

With the most popular cabinet trends hovering just north or south of the 50% mark, it would be easy to assume that newly remodeled kitchens will all start to look the same. Don’t let that deter you from taking the remodel plunge. Even if you choose an on-trend cabinet style (hello custom, white shakers), there’s so many ways to personalize the design so that it truly feels like your kitchen.

 

If you’d like to get in on the remodel action, click here to find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you.

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With the pandemic causing so many people to spend increased time at home, kitchen renovations have soared. And, unsurprisingly, cabinetry is a central focus. An astonishing 94% of homeowners renovating their kitchen performed some form of kitchen cabinet upgrades, with 63% of them opting to replace the cabinets entirely. Let’s see what kind of inspiration we can glean from these emerging cabinetry trends.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades Partial and Full Replacements
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith Interiors

Partial Upgrades

For the 31% homeowners who chose partial cabinetry upgrades, space was a huge factor. 28% of this group added some form of new cabinetry, which represents an increase of nearly 400% from 2020. Others decided to focus on aesthetic, choosing to either refinish the cabinet exteriors or replace only the cabinet doors. This approach is a great way to update the look of your kitchen without cutting too deep into your budget.

Full Replacement 

As I mentioned before, a whopping 63% of kitchen remodelers chose to fully replace their cabinets to create the right look and storage for their families. And, they increasingly chose to consult with professionals for help making their kitchen more functional, usually maintaining the same layout and square footage.

Cabinetry heavily contributes to the functionality of your kitchen and can be the difference between easy and nightmare storage. For example, have you ever wanted waffles, but refused to unpack half of your cabinet to get the seldom-used waffle maker out? You didn’t have waffles that morning, did you? Now imagine if you could simply open a door and get that waffle maker out. That’s the difference the right cabinets can make.

If You Need Advice…

We at Kountry Kraft would love to be the professionals that you reach out to for help picking the right kitchen cabinet upgrades for your home.  Let’s get started! Find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you.

 

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Style and function are the two big factors people consider when they think about cabinets. However, you may not realize that the way you choose to install your cabinet doors will have a large impact on both. Let’s explore two installation methods so you can decide what’s right for your home: inset and full overlay cabinet doors.

Inset and Full Overlay Cabinet Doors

 

Inset

Inset Cabinet Doors for a Kitchen Design
Design by  by Kitchens & Baths by A Matter of Style | Allie Fackler Photography

Inset doors are designed to sit flush with the cabinet frame. In other words, the cabinet and the doors (excluding hardware) will be one smooth surface when the doors are closed. The frame will be fully visible.

Pros: This style of door offers a clean, high-end look that is generally accompanied by superior quality since it requires greater skill to install. It also helps guard against damaged doors since they’re encased in the frame when closed, making the corners harder to nick.

Cons: However, inset doors are more expensive because of that necessary installation know-how. They also provide the least storage room since the doors are flush with the frame. Highly humid climates can cause wood to expand, leaving inset doors susceptible to sticking and the finish wearing off in tight spots.

 

Full Overlay

Full Overlay Cabinets for a Kitchen designed by designed by Prodigy Kitchens & Baths
Design by Prodigy Kitchens & Baths

Full overlay doors sit on top of the cabinet frame as opposed to within it. They’re designed extra-large to cover the entire frame, offering a similar smooth look to inset doors but with none of the frame visible.

Pros: This style of door also offers a clean, high-end look but is easier to install, making it more affordable. It also offers a bit more storage space since the doors are situated on top of the frame.

Cons: The downside to full overlay doors is that they may show signs of wear more quickly since the door corners aren’t protected.

 

Reflections

As with any choice, both options have their pros and cons. Consider them carefully to decide which style is right for you. Although, in the end, it’s hard to see how you could go wrong with either!

If you need help exploring inset and full overlay cabinet doors, you may contact us or use our dealer locater to find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you!

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Furniture, Lighting and Décor recently wrote an article that explores the trends of a kitchen that garner the most likes on Instagram. Here are the most important trends to feature in your kitchen if you want Instagram users to hit that like button:

  1. Shaker kitchen cupboards
  2. Wooden floors
  3. White cupboards & flowers/plants
  4. Kitchen island
  5. Brass door handles & marble countertops

Now, don’t think you have to cram every trend into your kitchen design in order to get a lot of likes. It’s never worth it to force something that doesn’t fit. But, the most liked kitchens on Instagram did all contain various combinations of these trends, with the number one liked kitchen featuring all but two of these elements. The more of these trends that you can cohesively blend, the more likes you’ll probably get.

Designing a Kitchen that Instagram Loves
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith Interiors

A Starting Point

Shaker kitchen cupboards are a great base to build your design around because out of all the top kitchen posts analyzed, they were featured a whopping *92.6% of the time. While they’re a highly traditional style, shaker cupboards are only growing in popularity. It’s clear that people love this look.

Supporting Trends

Wooden floors were the second biggest trend, featured in 74% of the top posts analyzed. White cupboards and flowers/plants tied for third place, with each of them being featured in 70.4% of the top posts. White walls were also a big hit, suggesting that people love white kitchens in general. Kitchen islands were featured in 51.9% of the top posts, while brass door handles and marble countertops were both featured in 44.4% of the top posts.

No matter how you combine these trends, they’re sure to help your kitchen design become “Insta-worthy!”

*All percentages rounded to the nearest tenth.

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Nothing defines the look and feel of your cooking space quite like your cabinets, which is why many of trends for the new year focus on kitchen cabinets. From pops of color to floor-to-ceiling storage to the triumphant return of warm-tone woods, here are 2021 kitchen cabinet trends.

Colorful Cabinets

2021 Kitchen Cabinet Trends Colorful Cabinets
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith Interiors

2021 is bound to be bright with the colorful cabinet trend. Balance the boldness of the bright color of your choice with a neutral backsplash, countertop, or wall color. Also, a major color trend this year are warmer color palettes, like creamy yellows and sage greens.

 

Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinets

2021 Kitchen Trend Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinets
Design by Dee Hurst-Funk of Kountry Kraft

In 2020, many of us embraced our inner chef while spending more time at home. During this time, you may have noticed keeping tools and gadgets organized is key to a functional kitchen. Thus, the trend for floor-to-ceiling cabinets, where storage feels endless, and organization is celebrated.

 

Glass Front Cabinet Doors

Glass Front Cabinet Doors are Trending in 2021 Kitchen Designs
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith Interiors

Glass front cabinet doors create an airy feel in a kitchen and a stage to show off your favorite items. From coffee mugs to your grandmother’s heirloom china, glass front doors can be incorporated into nearly any kitchen design.

 

Warm Wood Cabinets

Warm Wood Cabinets 2021 Kitchen Design Trend
Design by KT Highland

Warm wood finished cabinets return this year, but with a twist. Keep the look up to date by incorporating contemporary finishes within a sleek, clean design. Another popular way to incorporate warm woods is by adding wood accents, like a range hood or floating shelves.

 

Integrated Appliances

Integrated appliances with fronts that match the surrounding cabinets

Integrated appliances with fronts that match the surrounding cabinets create an all-in-one look that we are loving this year. The appliances most often integrated are the refrigerator and dishwasher.

For more 2021 kitchen cabinet trends, follow @kountrykraftcabinetry on Instagram.

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Creating an office space in your home has been an evident part of 2020. When creating an office space, two key elements to always consider are function and organization. The beauty of custom home office cabinets is just that – they are custom built for your needs. No longer is it necessary to use the standard metal filing cabinets you see in most business offices. Instead, you can have a beautiful piece of furniture that not only looks appealing but increases the functionality of your space.

Home Office Cabinet Accessories

No more messy file drawers! Kountry Kraft takes organization to a whole new level with their custom drawer dividers. Adjustable pins hold the wood file separator in place by resting in the channel of the wood divider.

Home Office Cabinets and Accessories by Kountry Kraft

Create a clean uncluttered look by choosing double wide drawers, shown in classic stained Oak wood and contemporary drawer pulls.

Double Wide Office Drawers with Built-in Filing Cabinets

Customized drawers make organizing easy. Be inspired by this trifecta of sturdy organization.

Office Cabinetry with Customized Drawers for Filing

Home Office Design Inspiration

Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company designed this contemporary style office for a home located in Venice, Florida. The office features a custom-built desk that includes six drawers, each ranging in functionality.

White Home Office Cabinets in Venice, Florida
Coastal Home Photography

A traditional style home office was designed by Roger Yiengst of Kountry Kraft for a home in Bethesda, Maryland. Books thrive on the custom shelves and files are happily stored in the cabinet drawers built into the wall.

Home Office with Custom Built In Bookshelves and Cabinet Drawers

For more office design inspiration, visit our website. Interested in custom office cabinets for your home? Find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you!

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While the kitchen is the heart of the home, the pantry is the storehouse of the kitchen. Pantries are the backbone to the preparation of any meal and gives ingredients a place to live. Like all hardworking spaces, it can be challenging to keep your pantry organized, especially while spending more time at home. However, we have found that when the pantry is built for your family’s needs and to fit the design of your space, it is easier to keep it organized. Gather inspiration from our custom pantry ideas.

Decorative Pantry

Decorative Custom Pantry Ideas with Kountry Kraft Cabinets

Decorative pantries are a dream. Not only are they beautiful and appealing to the kitchen design surrounding them, they are completely functional. Thomas R. Kelly of TRK Design Company designed a pantry in this kitchen to feature a grand barn door. Whenever the pantry is not in use, ingredients and other items in the pantry can be covered with the beautiful door that enhances the aesthetic of the kitchen it lives in.

Decorative Pantry Ideas with Custom Cabinets by Kountry Kraft
Photography by Rob Karosis

PKsurroundings designed this pantry featuring by-pass doors with metal mesh inserts. When closed, the metal detailing on the doors adds texture to the kitchen design. The by-passing doors make it easy to quickly grab the ingredients you need and put them right back after using them, keeping the space completely organized and therefore, making meals a lot easier.

Built-In Pantry

Custom Built-In Pantry Ideas with Custom Cabinetry by Kountry Kraft

Built-in pantries are fantastic because they rarely take up room in the kitchen. They are typically designed to cleverly make use of a wall that would otherwise be bare. Kountry Kraft designed this pantry to be built into the hallway next to the kitchen in this home. The pantry doors were crafted to match the rest of the cabinetry in the kitchen to create a holistic feel.

Walk-In Pantry

Walk-In Pantry with Custom Cabinets by Kountry Kraft

Some may be more excited about a walk-in pantry versus a walk-in closet, and we don’t blame them! If you desire to minimize your cabinetry footprint, walk-in pantries are the biggest storage space you can incorporate. The opportunity for organization is endless. Kountry Kraft designed this walk-in pantry to feature two large doors that match the kitchen cabinets.

Corner Pantry

Corner Pantry with Cabinets by Kountry Kraft
Photography by Chris Veith

You may be thinking, “My kitchen doesn’t have room for a pantry,” but think again! The beauty of custom cabinetry is that it can be designed and crafted specifically for your home’s corners, nooks, and crannies. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs  took the corner of this kitchen and made it a snack pantry, as well as a beverage center. The cabinetry matches the rest of the kitchen, so when closed, you don’t even know the pantry is there. Deep, wood pull out drawers make it easy to organize snacks, spices and more.

Are you interested in incorporating any of these custom pantry ideas into your home? Find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you and get started designing today! Follow @kountrykraftcabinetry on Instagram for daily inspiration.

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Kitchen office spaces are rising in popularity, as the number of those working from home has increased this year. Some homes do not have space to support a full separate office, however there may be room within your kitchen for a dedicated workspace. Some parents may want to be able to get work done, while staying centrally located near their children. Another great use is for children who are attending school virtually. A built-in, customized kitchen desk is the perfect solution.

Kitchen Office Spaces

Built-In Kitchen Office Space with a Desk
Allie Fackler Photography

With any kitchen desk area, it is best to use cabinets that match or complement what’s in the kitchen so the space blends in seamlessly.  Kitchens & Baths by A Matter of Style designed a built-in desk for a kitchen located in Cheshire, Connecticut. This desk is built with the same style cabinets as the rest of the kitchen. The design of this desk cleverly utilizes open shelving and closed storage space for form and function.

White Kitchen with a Built-In Kitchen Desk Area
Photography by Chris Veith Interiors

Alpine White cabinets connect this workstation with the rest of the kitchen designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs. The space next to the block of cabinets was thought to be unusable, but a desk served as a perfect, practical addition. It’s a handy spot for handling messages, mail, and bills.

Kitchen with a Built-In Desk Office Area
Rob Karosis Photography

Using the same materials as the rest of the kitchen, this office blends seamlessly into a previously unused space. Generous floor to ceiling cabinet storage makes it easy to stash mail, homework, cookbooks, and important documents. Design by Dovetailed Kitchens, Inc. in collaboration with Lisa Teague of Upcoast Design.

Interested in seeing more kitchen designs with built-in desks? Visit our Inspiration Gallery.

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As the growing demand for taller cabinetry increases, Kountry Kraft adds new options for bigger panels to its custom cabinetry offerings with the installation of a new CNC Point-to-Point Router and a Case Clamp from Stiles Machinery. As the industry’s leading provider of advanced manufacturing solutions, Stiles has been helping manufacturers nationwide increase their efficiency and productivity for over 50 years.

The new additions have positioned Kountry Kraft to easily absorb the growing demand to produce bigger panels up to ten feet in height, in framed or frameless construction. It improves the speed of shop production to 150 boxes per day and helps to maintain the current eight-week production lead time.

Kountry Kraft has worked with Stiles Machinery for over 30 years. So, when the COVID-19 restrictions went into place, the Stiles team got creative to not only install the new machines but educate the operators and programmers as well. They packed up the Stiles classroom in Northeast Philadelphia and brought the education center to the Kountry Kraft shop in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania.

Kountry Kraft Adds New Options for Bigger Panels to its Custom Cabinetry Offerings thanks to Stiles Machinery
Packing up the Stiles classroom computers with Stiles District Team Leader, Vince Micciolo
Kountry Kraft Adds New Options for Bigger Panels to its Custom Cabinetry Offerings
Unpacking the computers at Kountry Kraft
Program and operation instruction training in the shop and conference room
Program and operation instruction training in the shop with Stiles CNC Ground Leader Robert Gallagan
Program and operation instruction training in the shop and conference room
Program and operation instruction training in the conference room with Stiles CNC Ground Leader Robert Gallagan
A crane was used to unload the machinery
A crane was used to unload the machinery
A skid loader was also used to unload the machinery
A skid loader was also used to unload
New case clamp in use
New case clamp in use
New CNC in use
New CNC in use

“We are overwhelmingly grateful for the innovative remote training solutions and installation provided by Stiles, and for the ability to offer new design options to the industry,” stated Elvin Hurst, Jr., President of Kountry Kraft. Stay up to date with Kountry Kraft innovations and news by following @kountrykraftcabinetry on Instagram.

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