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Midday Muse: Freestanding Kitchen Cabinets

In Europe, it's very common to use freestanding cabinets in the kitchen and armoires in the bedroom, but in the United States, built-in cabinetry and closets are the norm. In fact, a trend of open shelving is only just beginning to happen here. I definitely see the appeal of freestanding units, though. If your style happens to change, or your cabinets aren't in such great shape, it's much easier to replace a single piece of furniture than renovate your entire kitchen. There's also more of a feeling of openness with freestanding unites. Built-ins offer counter space, though, which is a plus.
If you went with an armoire or hutch, you'd naturally also have to purchase a table or island to do your cutting. Does your house have built-in or freestanding cabinets? If you had the opportunity and the funds to renovate, would you opt for freestanding furniture? Tell me by commenting below!

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ahles ahles 8 years
Grew up in turn of last century houses and didn't have a house with built in cabinets until I left home. Gutting the kitchen in the current house to go back to hoosiers and the like, and you don't need counter space if you've got a good kitchen table.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love this look!
melinda19 melinda19 8 years
Totally adore this look!! I would have my kitchen look just like this!!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I just bought a house that came with a cabinet like this from the 20s. I'm incorporating it into the new kitchen design. I'm not really losing counter space because I have some standard cabinetry as well. Luckily it has wood-framed glass doors on it. Unless you enjoy constant dusting, leaving kitchen stuff out in the open is a pain.
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