Your cabinetry offers both practical storage solutions and a significant impact on the overall aesthetics of your home. However, beyond its obvious utility and visual appeal, your cabinetry can be so much more! Concealed design elements go far beyond what meets the eye, providing a level of sophistication and convenience that can transform your cabinetry. And dare we say it? It's just fun!!
Here are 10 (plus a bonus at the end!) of our favorite hidden surprises in cabinetry design:
1. A SAFE PLACE
Keeping your treasured items in a safe place in your home is a must! And don't forget about keeping your people safe, too! Tornado shelters can be built into closets, cabinetry and more.
Heavy duty safes in the master bathroom
Left: Hidden safe in a master closet island; Right: Tornado shelter behind shelving
2. A DRAWER WITHIN A DRAWER
A handy pullout drawer within the trash-can pullout drawer for all those handy accessories. Not to mention, a little cubby space behind the trash can for storing extra bags. Now there's no excuse not to put in a new liner. It’s a win-win-win!
Left: A pull-out drawer within the trash can pull-out for all those items you're always grabbing for; Middle: A small designated space just for those trash bags!; Right: The perfect pull-out
3. DECORATIVE PULL-OUTS
It's like a card trick in your kitchen! And it's an efficient way to use your space!
These kitchen spice rack and dish towel pullouts are disguised as decorative columns.
4. STAND-UP VANITY
An unexpected feature in a master bath for a client that likes to stand up and not lean over the counter to do her make-up. Got a unique request? We've got a solution for that!
5. ISLAND STORAGE
Islands mostly get their claim to fame for their countertop space, but don't forget about all that's underneath! Don't leave your island hollow - use that space efficiently!
Look at all that hidden storage!
6. TOE-KICK FOR YOUR FURRY FRIEND
A toe-kick is a great way to monitor your pet's food/water intake and tuck it away, too.
7. ON-THE-GO IRONING BOARD
No need to drag out the full ironing board of the past. This convenient accessory pulls out of a drawer and folds away nicely when you're done.
8. HIDDEN DECOR
It's beautiful decor...AND a safe place for your jewelry. A win/win.
This painting in the master closet doubles as a safe place for jewelry.
9. DISAPPEARING ACT
We all love our shows, but sometimes we need those screens out of sight.
A mechanical TV feature inside a master closet island that disappears with a push of a button.
The family room TV is on display when it's time to watch and out of sight when needed.
10. MORE THAN A MIRROR
What appears to be a practical full length mirror in this closet also doubles as storage - his for belts and hers for jewelry.
His mirror is also belt storage.
Her mirror is also jewelry storage.
Wait, there's more! Some of the best examples of hidden items in your cabinetry are items we can't show you. Our designers have created hidden gun storage in mantles and corbels and other hidden drawers for valuables that we weren’t able to photograph per the clients’ requests. However, we're always available to help you find a hidden solution for your unique needs!
Cabinetry is not just an everyday storage solution, but an integral part of your home's architectural design. Hidden elements that are tailored around your lifestyle make for a more personal and customized space that you can call yours. Have some ideas that can make your cabinetry fit better for your needs? We can make it happen - talk to our designers!