During the planning of housing, most of the time is spent on thinking through the arrangement of the premises for cooking and eating. A kitchen without upper cabinets is a modern and stylish solution, but this arrangement has both advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages and disadvantages of such a solution
A kitchen without hanging cabinets allows you to expand the space in which the work area is located. With a two-tier layout, if the hostess is not tall, you have to reach for the upper shelves, which makes the operation of the headset inconvenient. People of small stature will not have problems using and storing if all the necessary household items are located on one tier.
The variety of kitchen design without upper cabinets is its main advantage, while practicality and convenience fade into the background. This solution allows you to implement original design ideas. The rejection of the second tier makes it possible to fill the vacated wall with bright mosaics or photo-printed glass panels. Apply textured wall decoration or brickwork.
A kitchen without hanging cabinets loses to the usual headsets in that it has less space for storing utensils, household appliances, and products. If the upper tier of shelves is abandoned, the headset capacity will be reduced by half. Therefore, before installing a kitchen without upper drawers, you need to consider the most efficient use of usable space.
In the interior, the emphasis is on the empty wall above the work area. Therefore, it is worth considering how and with what it can be equipped.
The shape of the headset in plan
There are several standard types of headsets. Their location depends on the shape and area of the room. A kitchen without upper cabinets can fit perfectly into any of the options.
This is such a scheme when floor cabinets are placed in one line along the kitchen wall. The sink and stove are installed side by side. The location of the refrigerator is close to the cooking area.
The straight-line layout is best suited for a narrow kitchen.
The corner arrangement of kitchen modules is rational and convenient. With such furniture, floor cabinets form an L‑shaped configuration. Often the corner along adjacent walls is filled with column cabinets.
With corner layout, it is important to keep the “rule of the working triangle”. The working area with a stove, sink and refrigerator forms a regular triangle, which in practice ensures the most convenient operation. Corner set is well suited for a kitchen of any size, especially a small one.
With this arrangement, the headset modules form the letter “P” along three walls. This is a good way of furnishing, because the working space is used here with ease and convenience. But, on the other hand, this solution is not suitable for all kitchens.
Cabinets located at three walls will take up a lot of space, so the placement of a U‑shaped headset requires that the area of the room be at least 20 m².
with an island
In this version, the work surface is presented as a separate island, which includes built-in appliances, a sink or storage space for the necessary equipment, utensils and products.
A kitchen set with a separate central part does not have to be installed next to the wall. But often the island layout is complemented by column cabinets along the perimeter of the kitchen. With this arrangement, the modules will catch the eye, so the arrangement with the central island is suitable for spacious rooms.
When installing a linear, corner or U‑shaped headset, the idea of hanging hanging cabinets in the kitchen can be partially implemented. The upper modules are placed along one wall or even in a separate functional area.
If the space of the kitchen is very limited, you can expand the usable area with the help of wooden cupboards, shelving or small pencil cases.
Wooden kitchens without upper cabinets are well suited for country or Provence style layouts.
An alternative to wall cabinets
Kitchen sets with open shelves will help to solve the problem of lack of space. They look much lighter and more compact than large wall cabinets. Such pieces of furniture will become a place to store dishes or kitchen utensils. But do not get carried away with open shelves. An excess of modules will become evident, and the layout will no longer be single-tiered.
Open shelves should be given more attention. You need to constantly wipe dust off them, carefully lay out things, etc. Ideally, you should limit yourself to one or maximum two small shelves above the sink or cooking area.
If it is decided to do without the upper tiers, and there is a catastrophic lack of storage space, roof rails will help. They won’t solve the problem completely, but they will make it much easier. The necessary kitchen utensils or containers with spices are hung on the rails. The minimalism of the interior can be broken if the roof rails create a sense of work clutter.
Lower deck wall mount
Wall hanging cabinets “without legs” will give the kitchen interior originality and originality. Furniture modules in such a set are hinged, but are located in the lower tier, which gives the impression that the cabinets are just hanging in the air. This is an unusual and modern kitchen layout model that is worth taking note of. The problem of lack of space is solved by using high-capacity floor modules.
When choosing design options for a kitchen set, do not forget about filling the bottom row. This is especially true for cabinets under the sink or in the corner section. A good solution would be to equip floor stands with retractable shelves, baskets, carousels and shelves.
Tall cabinets instead of wall cabinets
A kitchen project without wall cabinets can be successfully supplemented with sections of tall pencil cases, which are called column cabinets. Household appliances are built into them, they store dishes, utensils, supplies, a kitchen with pencil cases will retain its advantages, and it will become much more convenient to use it.
Column wardrobes, together with a single-tier kitchen set, are placed near one wall or opposite each other.