Posted in Kitchen Storage, Small Kitchens

Top Five Features Every New Kitchen Should Have

Here is my five top five features every kitchen should have.

1) Interior Cabinet Lighting loox-led-in-drawerLight up your most used drawers, corner storage and tall pantry cabinets with lights controlled on a sensor that engage when the drawer or door opens and closes.

2) CabMat 

Save your sink base from water leaks with a protective thick rubber mat that can hold up to a liter of liquid from seeping into your cabinet and damaging your sink base floor. A very functional kitchen accessory that should be a mandatory item with every kitchen cabinet order. Also an easy add on for existing cabinets. It comes in various sizes including 21″ depth for vanity sink base sizes.

CABMAT from Masterbrand
CABMAT from Masterbrand

3.) 12″ Base Pull out Cabinets

The most awkward cabinets are narrow 12″ width base cabinets with a single top drawer and a door with a shelf below. Make a narrow space more functional with a pull out drawer dedicated to a specific use.  12″ has never been more functional for storing kitchen utensils next to the cook top or in the bathroom for curling irons & hair dryers.

Base Cabinet Pullout Knife/Utensil Base Organizer Blumotion Soft-Close Sink & Base Accessories
Cabinet Pullout Grooming Organizer for Bathroom/Vanity

4. Toe Kick Drawer

Small Space + Touch Latch Hardware + Toe kick drawers = Storage Love! Townhouse kitchens, small kitchens with minimal drawer space can really benefit from found space in your 4 1/2″ toe kick area. Locate these wonderful toe kick drawers underneath your sink base or any base cabinet for more storage. I can think of a million ways to use my toe kick storage! A place for dog leashes and cat toys. Long barbecue utensils I don’t want to take up prime real estate in my top drawers, large platters and serving trays, extra canned goods, foils and plastic wrap, extra gadgets that I need near by but don’t want in my top drawers.

Toe Kick Drawer No decorative hardware provides a cleaner look. Open with just a tap.

5. Drawers, Drawers, Drawers!

My favorite item in a kitchen is drawers! There are so many options today for larger storage up to 48″ wide. Sink base drawers, cook top deep drawer storage. The possibilities are endless.



One system: Internal Drawer Box or Single Drawer Box Transform MOOVIT into an internal drawer box by adding internal drawer accessories.
One system: Internal Drawer Box or Single Drawer Box
Transform MOOVIT into an internal drawer box by adding internal drawer accessories.
Cook top deep drawers
Modified scooped sink drawer


Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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