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A Woman's Touch: Why You Need Female-Friendly Kitchen Cabinets

by Jessica Santina

Many people think of home improvement as "men's work": hammering drywall, lifting heavy objects, and using power tools. But 91 percent of decisions made about the home, from furnishings to renovations and even new home purchases, are made by women. If you want to boost your home's resale value, it's women you need to appeal to. A great place to start is with the kitchen cabinets.

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Small Improvements Make a Big Difference

There are a few things you can do with your kitchen cabinets that cost very little, but make big improvements in the eyes of women:

  • Develop zones in your cabinetry that are devoted to these all-important functions: storage, relieving stress, and entertaining. This might include a coffee nook, a cell phone docking bay, or full-extension utensil drawers that enable you to fully use all of your drawer space.
  • Contain your clutter by creating landing spaces. This might include coat and shoe cubbies, drawers for each child's backpack, or one shelf per family member so everyone has a place to drop things as they enter.
  • If you have the option to reconfigure your cabinets or purchase new ones, get rid of too-high or too-low shelves, and turn cabinet boxes into drawers for easy retrievability.

The Right Tools

Home improvement stores understand that women are making important decisions about their homes. That's why most of them now offer tools that are light weight and easier to grip, safety gear that fits women more securely, and workshops that provide instruction into home improvement projects, such as cabinet refacing.

Homes aren't just being built by men anymore, and women can have an influence in the design and execution of both new home construction and remodels.

About the Author

Jessica Santina is a freelance writer and editor with 11 years' experience in media, marketing, and publishing, and 8 years' experience as a college writing instructor.

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