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Old 08-04-2018, 07:54 AM   #1
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36" deep base cabinets


So I am in the middle of a kitchen, actually entire open living area remodel on our house's main floor and I have a small challenge to overcome.

I had to put in two overhead (exposed) beams to remove an L-shaped wall that enclosed a cramped galley style kitchen. One end of the beam that across the middle of the kitchen area rests on a support post that protrudes out ~7" from the middle of a wall where the stove must be situated. The wall is only long enough so that if the stove is placed on either side of the post it will be either next to the stairway entry, which seems like a potential hazard, or sitting next to the kitchen's bay window. Also less than ideal.

We are now discussing placing the stove directly in front of the protruding post that would bring the stove ~36" off the wall, which would then make sense to make our cabinets for that wall 36" deep. Although 36" deep cabinets sounds crazy, I think perhaps the extra deep cabinets would be an overall better solution than either of the other two options. We would make the cabinets roll outs to try an make access to their full depth as easy as possible. It would also give the wife plenty of small appliance storage space, which she does seem to need quite a bit (bread makers, mixers, blenders, all of which do get used on a near daily basis). And more counter space was one of the driving motives for this remodel.

If we did go with 36" deep cabinets, there would still be ~4.5' of aisle space between the cabinets and island being installed in the middle of the room. So they wouldn't really encroach on space.

I know 36" deep base cabinets is quite a crazy concept, but that is why I am asking if anyone has ever had or seen 36" deep base cabinets and what your thoughts might be.
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Do you have a layout schematic or a picture of what you plan on doing? It is difficult to follow in words and understand what you see.
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I put in 32" deep cabinets in my kitchen remodel. I'd never go back to the standard 24".

(Actually the cabinets are stock 24" deep, but they are installed with a gap between the back of the cabinets and the wall, with 8" thick spacer blocks/cleats. The counter-top itself is 32" deep.)

Just be aware that short people or kids may have to really stretch or stand on a milk crate or whatever to reach the back of the counter and anything far up on your wall cabinets.
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Everything about a 36" deep cabinet will be much more expensive. Yield of materials will be awful, which will basically double your material cost, with lots of waste. (except for doors/drawer fronts)

32-34" drawer slides should be heavy duty to hold the extra weight, and because the torque of an extended 34" drawer will be massive.

What about the corresponding upper cabinets? Are you going to make those 24" deep? Otherwise reaching them will be tough for the vertically challenged.
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Can you afford the space to just build a wall in line with the post and just bring everything out.
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Everything about a 36" deep cabinet will be much more expensive. Yield of materials will be awful, which will basically double your material cost, with lots of waste.
Well it would amount to about 5 LF of cabinets, so I am not as concerned about cutting up a couple of extra pieces of sheet goods to accomodate the most practical and maximal use of space.

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What about the corresponding upper cabinets? Are you going to make those 24" deep? Otherwise reaching them will be tough for the vertically challenged.
Yes the corresponding upper cabs would need to be deepened and brought out proportionally. But we are taking the upper cabs to the roof, again for maximal use of space at the expense that less seldome required items will be more difficult to reach. So we could afford to also allow for some extra height between base and upper cabs for having to reach further for items at the back of the counter.
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Can you afford the space to just build a wall in line with the post and just bring everything out.
I thought about that for like 2 seconds. But we are tight on space. Cozy that is. So I don't want to waste any space we are gaining by opening things up.

I am entertaing the idea of a roll out shelf cabinet sort of like a pocket door where pantry items or less seldom used items could be stored on narrow shelvesand rolled out of a closet type enclosure as needed.
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