Just a quick tip on how to get more function and more usable space out of your RTA Cabinets. This discussion is about your sink base cabinet. The sink base typically has a false drawer front rather than a working top drawer as the installed sink will leave no room for a sliding drawer box. Many of the home stores sell aftermarket hardware that allows the sink front to “tilt out” so you can store small items behind the false drawer front. A better solution is a bottom drawer cabinet.
Most custom and semi custom cabinet shops are more than happy to build this base cabinet configuration …. for a price …. however I have not seen any rta cabinet lines offering such a cabinet. Fortunately for the consumer, its quite easy for a handy person to take a standard unassembled rta base cabinet and convert it to a bottom drawer sink base.
how to make a better sink base using a standard base cabinet
The process is simple if done during assembly. The drawer guides will need to be repositioned where they attach to the back panel and the floor panel will need to be raised so that it sits just above the drawer. You may need to install cleat stock on the cabinet’s interior perimeter so the floor panel is nice and sturdy. One word of caution: make sure the plumbing supply lines and drain are well clear of your working drawer… especially the extra depth for the pea trap!
Rather than a sink base cabinet with full height doors or a space wasting false drawer front, I always suggest a standard base cabinet with a flipped frame. Easy and functional…works for cook-tops as well. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. ADI Supply 386-761-4946
by Granger Davis
Bottom Drawer Sink Base
RTA Vanity Sink Base
Three separate functions come to mind when discussing the merits of using a blind base cabinet in your kitchen. Blind Cabinets:
- facilitate a change in direction for a run of cabinets
- allows an adjustable footprint for a cleaner design
- gives additional storage space
First and foremost, a blind cabinet is a corner cabinet. In the case of a blind base, It is designed to fill the unusable “void” under a counter top corner.
Blind Base Cabinets don’t necessarily fill the corner void completely as the furthest (deepest) corner space is typically unreachable and therefor unusable by most users.
Its important to note that during cabinet installation, The blind base cabinet footprint size can be adjusted (usually 3 inches or more). See how the built in filler allows a range of movement prior to screwing the cabinet to the wall and adjacent cabinets. Its also important to note that the other side of the corner will require an additional filler to allow for proper door and drawer operation.
BBC42L 36Wx34.5Hx24D Left hand 1dr 1dw
This cabinet has one door, one drawer, standard depth(24″), standard height(34.5″) but an actual carcass length of only 36″. When installed it will have a minimum footprint of 42″ but could be “pulled” up to 45″ or any length in between. As an example, in your kitchen design you might need to fill a corner base run with precisely 97 3/4″ of cabinets. Using modular cabinetry (which usually runs in 3″ increments) you use a B18 + SB36 + BBC42. When you add up the linear inches of the three cabinets you get a total of 96″ so the BBC42 would be “pulled” to equal 43 3/4″ to avoid additional fill sticks.
Wall blind cabinets typically have the same features and functions of the blind base cabinets.
For more information on blind cabinets and their applications in kitchen design: https://rtacabinetmall.com
by Granger Davis
Cabinet Bumps have become very popular in today’s modern kitchen designs. By mixing modular cabinets with different heights and different depths, Kitchen designers are able to achieve a “staggered” look that can add a dramatic visual impact and give a humdrum kitchen an added layer of depth.
Wall Bump ups and Bump outs
There can be a few kitchen remodel pricing issues that should be pointed out. Keep in mind that when bumping out base cabinets that the counter top will need to be custom fitted. Most top fabricators will charge extra for the added depth and the required inside corner cuts that will need to be made.
sink base bump out with angle fluted fillers
When applying crown molding to a bumped up wall cabinet there is a significant amount of extra crown usage in the wall returns. There can also be issues with ending the lower level crown near a bumped up corner cabinet.
wall diagonal corner bumped out
Below is a diagram of how to achieve the illusion of a bumped out wall corner cabinet when only a standard depth cabinet is available from the distributor.
How to bump out a Wall Cornet Diagonal
An illustration of a nice way to end your crown molding “short” when using a bumped up wall corner cabinet. Without this, your crown molding may lean out enough to prevent the WDC door from opening properly. Safety Tip: Pay extra close attention when cutting tiny miters like this.
Cabinet Crown Molding with bumped cabinets
In short, these are just a few illustrations of kitchen cabinet bump ups and bump outs. Using these techniques can give your straight run design a dramatic focal point and add a shot of individual character to an otherwise standard kitchen layout.
by Granger Davis