Enclosed cabinet base with a kick space
Bracket feet Cabinets which rest on the floor are supported by some sort of
a base. This base could be a fully enclosed base (i.e. a plinth), a
scrolled based, bracket feet or it could be a set of legs.
Kitchen cabinets, or any cabinet generally at which a person may stand,
usually have a fully enclosed base in which the front edge has been set
back 75mm or so to provide room for toes, known as the kick space. A
scrolled base is similar to the fully enclosed base but it has areas of
the base material removed, often with a decorative pattern, leaving feet
on which the cabinet stands. Bracket feet are separate feet, usually
attached in each corner and occasionally for larger pieces in the middle
of the cabinet.
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A cabinet usually has at least one compartment. Compartments may be
open, as in open shelving; they may be enclosed by one or more doors;
or they may contain one or more drawers. Some cabinets contain secret
compartments, access to which is generally not obvious.
Modern cabinets employ many more complicated means (relative to a
simple shelf) of making browsing lower cabinets more efficient and
comfortable. Such means include (names may be heavily colloquialised):
The lazy susan, a shelf which rotates around a central axis, allowing
items stored at the back of the cabinet to be brought to the front by
rotating the shelf. These are usually used in corner cabinets, which
are larger and deeper and have a greater "dead space" at the back than
Most cabinets incorporate a top of some sort. In many cases, the top
is merely to enclose the compartments within and serves no other
purpose - as in a wall hung cupboard for example. In other cabinets,
the top also serves as a work surface - a kitchen countertop for
A cabinet is usually a box-shaped form, either standing alone as a
piece of furniture or built into or attached to a wall (such as a
medicine cabinet) typically made of wood but now often made of
synthetic materials, and used for storage of miscellaneous items.
Cabinets usually have one or more doors on the front that are mounted
with door hardware and occasionally a lock; they may also contain
drawers. Short cabinets often have a finished surface on top that can
be used for display, or as a working surface such as the countertops
found in kitchens.
A cabinet intended for clothing storage is usually called a wardrobe
in English, or an armoire in French. In previous centuries, such a
cabinet was also known as a linen-press. In British usage, a wardrobe
occasionally was referred to as an oakley, because of the oak wood
used in its construction.
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