The Designers’ Guide to Cabinetry and Case Goods

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3. Function

Given all the options, it’s vital to consider how you will use the piece, which will help you narrow down your choices depending on whether you need drawers, open or closed shelving, glass front cabinets for display or easy to move pieces for different uses.

“Functionality and dual purpose are always high on our priority list for case goods but sometimes, a piece is just perfectly pretty,” say Kandrac and Kole. “For example, we raided a client’s attic one time and found an old sewing machine table that we ended up using as a nightstand. It didn’t have all the drawers that we might have normally wanted, but it was beautiful and sentimental.”

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