European homes don’t typically come with built-ins.

Instead their furniture is of the “take with you” variety. Kitchens cabinets are pieces of furniture and open shelving. In the States, we expect our homes to come with a complete kitchen and baths. Meaning storage is attached to walls and floors and becomes an enduring part of a home.

Everyone uses their kitchens differently. Some just use their kitchens for cooking while many others’ kitchens are gathering places for homework projects, entertaining friends and home offices. Standard built-in kitchens don’t allow for customization to meet all our various kitchen work styles.

In Europe, each owner furnishes it when they move in and takes it with them when they leave. Thus, each kitchen is unique. An exciting concept that until now wasn’t available without a of complete kitchen makeover.

Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath
Modular System by Richelieu

Richelieu, Canada’s leading distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products, has introduced a new system that allows you to create customized modular furniture throughout your home. The Liberta Modular System is versatile with open shelving and other configurations.

“Made in Italy, Liberta is based on easy to assemble connectors and profiles,” the company says. “The versatility of the product, as the name suggests, gives you the freedom to build unique storage solutions for the kitchen, bathroom, office, bedroom, living room or wherever your imagination takes you.”

The system is based on an easy-to-assemble connector system. Designers may combine the system with glass shelves, decorative wood panels, lighting and matching decorative hardware. In comes in a satin aluminum or black anthracite finish.

Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath
Modular System by Richelieu

The aluminum profiles are easily cut to any required size and assembled quickly to the metal connectors that adjust 4 ways simultaneously with only a grub screw and an Allen wrench. They are easy to design, build and take apart without altering or deforming the profile.

As a designer, it’s exciting to think about all the possibilities. Whether you decide to create free standing storage units or add extensions to your existing built-in cabinets, there are plenty of creative solutions to your storage problems.

Create a versatile island in your kitchen or add dining space to your small island. Install much needed additional counter space with a right-arm extension created with a large slab of wood and sturdy legs from the Liberta system.

Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath
Modular System by Richelieu

Don’t have wall cabinets or hate the ones you do have? A great storage solution could be installing open shelfs with What about taking down your wall cabinets and replacing them with adjustable well-designed closed units. Why not replace an out of date china cabinet in your dining room with new open design forward units?

Wall shelving units are a wonderful way to divide a large room into living sections and to display your favorite accessories and dishes. Now you can create exactly the right size unit for any space. You determine the width, depth and height based on your personal needs.

Furniture is expensive. Investing in a piece that works for just one setting isn’t practical for today’s mobile homemakers. Apartment dwellers especially. Now there is affordable, customizable system that can be take with them when they move to another abode. Making simple or major sizing and configuration adjustments is not a problem.

Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath
Modular System by Richelieu

I love this idea for children and young adult spaces. As the child’s needs change, so can their furnishings. What parent hasn’t struggled to find dorm furniture that will fit, that’s not plastic and can be reused semester after semester?

Whether you buy into the Liberta system or not their creative ideas for how to update and expand your kitchen’s and bath’s usable space are worth checking out at www.richelieu.com.

Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath
Modular System by Richelieu