If you're fortunate enough to get custom cabinets made for your kitchen, you want to spend some time with your cabinetmaker to find just the right options that will work for you. After all, you'll need to live with those cabinets for many years to come, so it's good to take the time before they're made to really explore and examine all your options. Note a few suggestions you might discuss with your cabinetmaker.
1. Recessed cutting board over a wastebasket
If you do a lot of cooking from scratch, you might appreciate a recessed cutting board, or one that slides underneath a countertop. This gets it out of the way when it's not in use. The cutting board can also be situated over a wastebasket and if there is a hole cut in the cutting board, you can easily slide your vegetable peelings and other trash right into the basket without having to pick up the board and transfer things to the trash itself.
2. Lazy Susan
A Lazy Susan or spinning type of shelf makes it easy to access everything in the cabinet, and if you have one installed when the cabinet is made, you know it will fit properly and give you lots of storage space. You can even have one installed in the lower cabinets, with slots to hold baking pans and lids and keep them sorted and organized.
3. Vegetable bins
If you keep a lot of onions, potatoes, and other such vegetables that you can store in bins and not in the refrigerator, you might consider tilt-out vegetable bins as part of the cabinet design. This frees up counter space that you would otherwise need for vegetable baskets while still keeping all those fresh veggies close at hand.
4. Power strips
It's not unusual for homeowner to complain that there just aren't enough outlets in their kitchens for all their small appliances, so have your cabinetmaker add in power strips and extra outlets. You may need to have an electrician actually run the wiring to the outlets, but it's good to have them planned out when you have the cabinets designed so you can install the wiring before the cabinets are attached to the wall. This can mean less work for the electrician and less potential damage to those cabinets when the power lines are put in.
Stops will keep a cabinet or drawer from slamming shut, which can, in turn, protect the items inside from being damaged or being pushed out of place. Ask for resistant gliders that don't allow you to forcefully push drawers and doors closed and for stops that keep them from slamming as well.