What would you say are two primary concerns most people have about their kitchens? If you said ‘Keeping things clean’ and ‘Keeping things organized’, then you would be in sync with the hundreds of homeowners I have come into contact with throughout my years as a designer! There is a growing trend now towards ‘centers’, which are geared towards addressing both of these important concerns. Centers are dedicated portions of the kitchen geared towards a specific function. Examples of this could be a Baking Center, Beverage Center or Breakfast Center to name a few. The beauty of the Center is that everything you need for that specific purpose is all contained in one space, saving time on the front end prepping/gathering before and on the back end putting away/cleaning after. I think the best way to describe this is with pictures, and I’ve got the perfect example kitchen created with all Dura Supreme Cabinetry to show you…

Dura Supreme Cabinetry in Gale Force paint from Curated Color Collection paired with Hickory in a Morel finish

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Dempsey & Craftsman door styles finished in Gale Force paint and Hickory with Morel stain

Little would you know that the left side is a Beverage and Breakfast Center, and the right side is a Baking Center! Here is the left side, set up as a Beverage Center, with Pocket Doors- for either Coffee/Cocoa, OR as a Bar-

Notice just underneath the Flat Roll-Out with Lip (yes– the coffee machine is on a Roll-Out to make filling it with water a breeze!), the horizontal Apothecary Drawers storing tea, sugar and cocoa packages.

A close up of Apothecary Drawers inside a Beverage Center Larder from Dura Supreme Cabinetry

In the cabinet below the Beverage Center, we find a drawer with two tiers- one with Keurig pod storage (below) and above that are utensils, tea, etc. 

Two-Tiered Storage for K-cups, tea bags and drink supplies below Beverage Center from Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Two-Tiered Drawer with K-Cup storage, tea, utensils

Below the drawer we see Roll-Out Shelves ready for breakfast, with integratedl power for the toaster or a smoothie blender if that is your thing! Adjustable dividers within the Roll-Outs keep everything organized, whether its cereal, bagels or jam.

Kitchen cabinetry storage with Drawer Partitions in Roll-Out Shelf from Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Specify fixed Drawer Partitions within roll-outs of multiple sizes to truly custom create your own easy-to-access personalized storage in a base or tall cabinet. Shown here in 4″ deep and 8″ deep roll-out shelves.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Breakfast Center, Roll-Out Shelves with Adjustable Dividers

Roll-out shelves within a cabinet can be outfitted with a Dura Supreme power station or charging station for a variety of uses.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Breakfast Center, Roll-Out Shelf with integrated Power

Just imagine the ease of your morning routine, not even having to take more than a step or two to fix coffee and breakfast.  And when you are done, you can just close it all up!

On the right side we have a Baking Center, with one Bifold Door that opens to the right.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Baking Center

Notice some similar features – a Flat Roll-Out to access the mixer, and this time we have vertical Apothecary Drawers, holding cookie cutters, measuring spoons, frosting tips, etc. Great storage here for cookbooks, flour, sugar and at the very top are vertical partitions for baking sheets and platters. The drawer below holds spatulas, wax paper, tin foil, etc. and below the drawer there are three different sized Roll-Outs, 2”, 4” and 8”, housing a flour sifter, mixing bowls, rolling pin, etc.  All of these supplies are within arm’s reach, making baking a breeze. And again, putting everything away afterwards takes no time at all!

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Baking Center, showing Roll-Outs below

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Baking Center, showing Roll-Outs below

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Baking Center, showing Roll-Outs below

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Baking Center, showing Roll-Outs below

Let’s take one last look at everything after breakfast and baking are finished and everything is closed up again…

Dura Supreme Cabinetry in Gale Force paint from Curated Color Collection paired with Hickory in a Morel finish

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, showing Breakfast/ Beverage Center and Baking Center all closed

Finally, I should mention here that form does not need to be sacrificed in the name of function. The Dura Supreme Curated Color paint finish Gale Force on the Dempsey door style pairs beautifully with Hickory finished in Morel stain on the Craftsman door style. The blue undertones in the grain of the Hickory are pulled out effortlessly by the Gale Force. The countertop and backsplash are Zodiaq Calacutta Natura and all metal surfaces are a soft brushed brass, with pulls from Top Knobs.  I especially love the countertop and backsplash because the veining has both gray and brown in it, which is hard to find, and I think does the tricky job of bridging across warm and cool color tones very well. Circling back, this idea of creating Centers in your kitchen really addresses many people’s two primary concerns of organization and tidiness. So the next time you are planning a space, group functions together and save yourself some steps!


Sandy Kloncz is the Lead Designer and blog author for Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Sandy is the Lead Designer for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of involvement in the field of Kitchen & Bath Design and a degree in Interior Design. Sandy’s experience ranges from running all aspects of a Design+Build firm to creating beautiful cabinetry designs at Dura Supreme. She has been a judge through the Builders Association of the Twin Cities for their semi-annual Parade of Homes Tour and is continually inspired by creative uses of space, appreciating projects where form and function are blended seamlessly.

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