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    cabinets or cupboards

    Hello!

    What's the difference between a "kitchen cabinet" and "kitchen cupboard", please?

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    Will

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    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    What's the difference between a "kitchen cabinet" and "kitchen cupboard", please?

    Thank you
    Will
    There is no difference.

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    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    A cabinet is free-standing and can be moved.

    A cupboard is built-in or fixed to the wall.


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    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A cabinet is free-standing and can be moved.

    A cupboard is built-in or fixed to the wall.


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    ... but doesn't have to be.

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    #5

    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    Hi Will17

    It's just my preference, but:

    I tend to use "cupboard" for "a piece of furniture or a recessed area of a room, with a door concealing storage space" as per cupboard - definition of cupboard by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    I would tend to use "cabinet" for "a piece of furniture containing [i.e. which includes] shelves, cupboards, [and/]or drawers for storage or display" as per cabinet - definition of cabinet by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    i.e. If I can see [at least some of] the contents, I would regard it as a cabinet (as in "display cabinet"). A "display cupboard" wouldn't work for me.

    Hope this helps
    R21

    PS As an example, I have a cabinet in my dining room. The lower section contains cupboards for crockery and drawers for cutlery etc. The upper section has glass shelves and glass panelled doors and is used as a display cabinet.


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    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    I think that "cabinets" refers to any of the built-in storage areas in a kitchen. But "cupboard" would refer only to the ones that are above the counter, or similarly elevated. Where you would store cups and plates. The lower cabinets, where you would store pots and pans, I would not call "cupboards."

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    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    Clearly a lot of regional variation for this one, so I can only speak from my own experience. Generally I concur with Route21.
    To me a cabinet is usually free-standing, sometimes with a glass front and sides and would typically be used to display items as in a "china cabinet" and/or hold bottles of wine and spirits etc, a "drinks/liquor cabinet".
    All the enclosed shelving units that you'd find in a kitchen, top and bottom, are usually called cupboards in everyday speech. I sense that cabinet is preferred in the trade and may be coming in but I almost never hear it used with that sense in people's homes.

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    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    I can only add that if this thread sparks a flaming war over cupboards and cabinets, that would be epic.

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    Re: cabinets or cupboards

    I can only add that if this thread sparks a flaming war over cupboards and cabinets, that would be epic.

    ... closet warmongers!

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