Cabinetry: Functional and stylish storage solutions


There are so many styles and options in cabinetry, it’s hard to see them all in one showroom, which is why it’s helpful, when building or remodeling, to speak with a professional. Stacy Whetzel and Laura Blair, kitchen designers at Pineland Lumber and Riverside Millwork Center, respectively, can help you create rooms and spaces using cabinetry designed to fit your life. Both agree that there are multiple ways to make cabinetry work in any room in your home, “not just the kitchen and bath.”

Mud rooms

Cabinetry can be used to create storage spaces that organize the inevitable chaos of a busy mud room by providing places to hang jackets, purses and backpacks, shelving for shoes and seating for footwear changes, as well as bins, baskets or drawers for hats, gloves, scarves, keys, sunglasses and all those other items that are necessary in this busy, grab-it-and-go world.

Family rooms and living rooms

Freestanding, furniture-like cabinetry can be used in family rooms to both conceal and display electronics. Additional shelving and drawers can be used for both storage and decorative purposes. Wet bars in family rooms and game rooms are popular and can incorporate cabinets with features such as wine and glass racks, cutting boards and a refrigerator. Decorative mantles for hearths can be crafted using shelving and molding.

Dining rooms

The trend toward furniture-like cabinetry is also popular in dining rooms, where a traditional or contemporary hutch can be created using cabinetry components to store and display china, glassware, wine and other dining room essentials.

Home offices

Desks and other office furniture can be assembled from cabinetry with file drawers, slide-outs and units to house computers, printers and office supplies, as well as shelving to display photographs, books, awards and other items.


Stylish and functional bedroom furniture, vanities, dressing areas and closet systems can be constructed of cabinetry with racks, baskets, bins and shelves for every type of clothing or accessory, including hats, socks, belts, ties and jewelery.

Kitchen and bath

According to Whetzel and Blair, the array of available accessories for kitchens and bathrooms is almost “never-ending.” One can select from options including plate, spice and wine racks, slide-out drawers for dishes, pots and pans, vertical spaces designed to store cutting boards and trays, drawers equipped with dividers for utensils, sliding racks to hide dishtowels, tall linen and broom “towers,” built-in cutting boards and lowered, raised or extended work surfaces, shelving and bins for food storage, soft closure hinges to prevent slamming and damage, and panels to make appliances blend with the décor.

As with the cabinets themselves, one’s personal style can be expressed in the selection of counter tops and hardware, including a vast variety of decorative knobs, handles and hinges. “Hardware,” said Blair, “is like jewelery” for your cabinets.

Decorative glass cabinet doors and shelving, combined with interior cabinet lighting can be used to draw attention to favorite items. According to Whetzel, beautifully crafted wood panels, decorative crown moldings, molding with inserts and stacked moldings to create height, all in a wide range of colors and finishes, “can add flair” to any project.

A kitchen designer can work with you to design not just a kitchen, but any room that will express your personal style and provide functional work and storage spaces for the activities and items that are important to your life. Whether you take advantage of the expertise of a kitchen designer, or design your own spaces, with so many options available, a functional and stylish space that will suit your families’ needs and tastes can be created using cabinetry.