Kitchen cabinets often take up a very large amount of space in one's kitchen, but solutions such as custom cabinets and altering space design can help alleviate the feeling of claustrophobia. Changing cabinet colors or taking off the cabinet doors are specific ideas that make a kitchen appear larger without actually altering the space.
If standard cabinets are too overwhelming for a small kitchen space, one can have custom cabinets built by a local or chain carpenter. Though this solution can be very expensive, it also allows homeowners to specify exactly what the cabinets should look like in both color and design.
A less expensive alternative is to alter the design of the kitchen to make the space appear larger. For example, painting kitchens and cabinets in white makes the room appear bigger. One can also leave the doors off of the cabinets or install glass-paneled doors in order to make the cabinets and the overall space seem larger.
Standard cabinets come in two categories: wall cabinets and base cabinets. Wall cabinets, which hang on the wall, are approximately 24 inches high and 12 to 16 inches deep. Base cabinets, which usually sit under a counter top, come in at around 36 inches high and 24 inches deep.