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Cabinet Accessory Buying Guide

A recipe for happiness:  create a place for everything you need in the kitchen.

Design and build a user-friendly space with kitchen cabinet accessories.  From family message centers to cabinet organizers, you can do more with less if your area is clean, easily accessible and organized.

cabinet accessory buying guide

Before You Shop

pot and pan organizer

Before you begin your kitchen design, think about any special storage or workspace requirements you might have. You can add some organizers after the cabinet installation, but many must build into the original cabinet order. So it makes sense to review your wants and needs with a kitchen design specialist who can help you navigate the must-orders with the it-can-wait.

Upper Cabinet Accessories

family message center

• Pull down spice racks fit in or under the upper cabinets to save space and eliminate clutter.

• Microwave shelving keeps countertop microwaves off the counter and shouldn’t be confused with an over-the-range microwave.

• Pegs or hooks for hanging mugs and teacups.

• An appliance garage hides blenders, toasters and infrequently used items from view.

• Hanging cookbook racks keeps spills off the pages while freeing counter space.

• Pull-down or side-cabinet message centers make family communication easier.

• Integrated smart device storage keeps batteries charged and technology away from food and beverages.

• A built-in recipe cardholder makes it easy to keep track of your Aunt Betty’s mac & cheese recipe.

Lower Cabinet Accessories

pot and pan cabinet organizer

• Rollout baskets add a decorative touch and create usable space in narrow openings.

• Pullout waste and recycling centers keep trash hidden, make cleanup easier and keep children and pets out of the garbage.

• Cutting boards with integrated knife storage and pullout tables create more task space.

• A familiar spin on organization, oversized Lazy Susan units make use of more space in a corner cabinet.

Additional Ideas

built-in wine storage cubbies

Kitchen designers are finding more ways to help you use every inch of your kitchen. Here are a few more interesting options for kitchen storage.

• Integrated basket systems store potatoes, onions and other produce out of sight.

• Wine rack or cubbies store wine on its side, as vintners recommend. Some wine racks use the space between the refrigerator and cabinet.

• Under-cabinet racks store wine glasses and other stemware to leave more in-cabinet space for other things.

• Swing-out pantry racks make it easier to reach items stored in the back of the cabinet.

• Flip-down sink trays transform the space in front of your sink into a convenient, sponge-holding caddy.

Cabinet Display Accessories

display shelving

• Add style with glass doors, with or without mullions to divide them into panes. Finish the interior to match the exterior or shake things up with a bright or contrasting hue.

• Store plates with panache. Plate holders face front or to the side for an interesting view of dinnerware.

• Valance bridges balance form and function above the sink.

• Down-lit glass display shelves put the spotlight on your decorative style.

• Faux furniture legs and feet for cabinets give the illusion of freestanding pieces.

• Spacers, plinth blocks and rosettes add a decorative touch to your cabinetry.