Kitchen cabinets are the backbone of the modern kitchen, and perhaps the part that demands a great amount of attention. Their installation can go both ways — it can be a reasonable affair or a pricey one, depending on the style and materials that you choose or on the types of kitchen cabinets. It is, after all, these cabinets that keep the kitchen neat and tidy, and prevent clutter from being evidently visible.

After the basic layout of the kitchen is decided, the next focus area is that of the kitchen cupboards. And to find kitchen cabinet ideas that maximise the utilisation of space and minimise costs.

When choosing kitchen cabinets, remember that there are basically three types or categories of kitchen cabinets:

1. Base Kitchen Cabinets

The base kitchen cabinets set the footprint of your kitchen’s design and are positioned directly on the floor. They support the countertops you use from below. You can install the sink within the base cabinets, along with other appliances such as dishwashers or stoves.

Base kitchen cabinets are versatile — think drawers, pull-outs, shelved cabinets, lazy susans, etc. In fact, it is impossible to build a modern kitchen without them. Therefore, it also defines the layout or floor plan of your kitchen. Base cabinets are, understandably, the most expensive type of kitchen cabinets.

The main pupose of base cabinets is to store items. From cutlery and crockery, to utensils and appliances, a whole gamut of items go into base cabinets. Thus, of all the types of kitchen cabinets, these form the largest part of the kitchen.

2. Wall Kitchen Cabinets

As the name suggests, wall kitchen cabinets are mounted on the wall with the help of screws. These can be the most appealing and decorative part of your modern kitchen. You can also extend wall kitchen cabinets tol the ceiling, to store items that are not used frequently.

The main purpose of wall kitchen cabinets is to store all your food items or kitchen accessories and appliances that are not too bulky.

It will be a wise decision if you invest relatively less on base cabinets as they don’t come into focus much. Instead, make your wall cabinets look more elaborate by perhaps using glass inserts on the door and lighting inside the cabinet.

3. Tall Kitchen Cabinets

Also called utility or pantry cabinets, tall kitchen cabinets can either extend from the floor to the ceiling, or can be free-standing pieces. Since these have a very functional purpose, you’ll never be short of storage space if you accommodate a tall cabinet. These are also great to organise all your unmanageable items, and to have them on-hand always.

The main purpose of tall kitchen cabinets is to store bulk food supplies (cereals, sauces, flour, sugar, pickles and much more!) and cleaning items, appliances like microwaves and ovens, etc. as  tall cabinets provide a great amount of storage space. These are your three basic categories of kitchen cabinetry. Each serves an important purpose and, together, they make your life in the kitchen an easier one.