Pull-outs on either side of a range niche are usually used for spice storage. I’ve seen knife drawers and blocks in lower cabinets, but among the custom kitchen cabinet ideas I like is the one in this clever above-the-counter location since it keeps the sharp objects away from small hands.
Conveniently located between cooking surfaces is an integrated butcher blocker counter over the pull-out trash. Placing between a cooktop and sink is another practical location.
Dedicated bakers dream of a baking center in the heart of the kitchen – but one that is nicely hidden away. A pair of bifold doors opens to reveal the counter space necessary for baking. The shallow shelves wrap three sides of the cabinet, keeping things in sight. Lower cabinets feature pull-out drawers for bowls and measuring cups. Deeper drawers to hold containers of bulk ingredients (flour, sugar, etc) are possibly behind the closed cabinet.
(Sources: Dura Supreme Cabinetry, BH&G, Hyland Cabinet Works)
For more ideas see Custom Kitchen Cabinet Ideas, Baking Center Pantry in Disguise and Nine More Special Kitchen Features. Follow the links contained in those articles for even more clever ideas.
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