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Problem-Solving Cabinets - Continued

Semi-custom cabinets permit swap-in options, like the ever popular dovetail drawer upgrade. Full-extension, concealed slides go traditional one better, giving full access to drawer contents with little space lost to hardware (12).

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Kitchen Tricks

Precise geometry, close tolerances, clever gadgetry, and maximized use of space characterize the Euro style. But these sleek units can cover the full spectrum of design, from industrial perfection to warm and familiar (13).

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A kitchen island can simultaneously establish separation and integration of kitchen and living spaces in an open floor plan. The curvy Sistema Es concept cabinet is no wall hugger — it’s completely freestanding due to its self-supporting structure (14).

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Rolling cabinets serve as storage satellites at table side, then stow away under the island or countertop (15, 16).

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The drop-front sink panel has been around for a while, but that triangular-shaped tray is not much good for storage. An unconventional U-shaped under-sink drawer reclaims more real estate (17). A tandem pullout drawer explores another, curvy alternative (18).

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Clever design makes use of space formerly tossed away with a filler panel. Narrow pull-out storage makes sheet pans and trays easy to select (19).

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Multiple layers of swing-out storage may wow them in the showroom, but users often tire of all that unfolding over time. Tall, narrow pullout storage is practical and convenient, typically providing full, double-sided access to stored items in one simple motion (20).

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Open plate racks and apothecary drawers add visual interest and can reclaim a little space below wall cabinets (21).

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The toespace giveth, and the toespace taketh away: You can add a drawer where no drawer has gone before (22), while the long legs of a furniture-style cabinet can create a void big enough to lose your cat in. But a leggy cabinet visually allows the floor to run to the wall and may help make a small kitchen feel larger. A full-height, rotating shelf corner unit on splayed steel legs makes good use of a blind corner (23).

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Better Bathrooms

It’s unusual to find a homeowner who doesn’t want maximum storage in the bathroom. So don’t just stick them with a stand-alone vanity. Flanked by kitchen-height drawer cabinets and capped with wall units, the vanity can become storage central and create an elegant, custom look (24, 25). However, you may feel as though you’ve stumbled into a judge’s chambers.

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