That’s the Interior Designer’s Job?! Trash Receptacle Detailing

Author:

Allison Towles Senior Interior Designer

Category:

  • Design

Posted:

March 3, 2021

The Interior Designer’s job is to think through every detail of how a user will interact with the interior space. A lot of what we do involves detailing of casework.

Detailing is drawing to show small assemblies and how they work with other assemblies in larger finished pieces. Typically, a lot of detailing goes into cabinetry. The options for hinges, door styles, and cabinet types are endless, so thinking through each detail allows us to get the end product exactly how we envision it and ensure it works best for our clients.

One item you may be surprised to know we detail is the trash receptacle cabinet or drawer in both kitchens and restrooms. Such a small, specific piece of a project; it involves more thought than you may realize! Here are three things we take into consideration when detailing a trash receptacle:

Hardware

The piece can be a huge drawer that houses two or three receptacles. For this, the slide hardware we select must be heavy-duty to support a potentially heavy load. Other pieces of hardware include trash grommets (the hole in the counter) and door pulls.

Location

The placement of the trash receptacle in the larger scheme of the flow of the space is of utmost importance.

Where does it make the most sense?

Will it interfere with other equipment?

Where does the bag go when it’s full?

Access

There are numerous ways to access trash receptacles; an opening in the counter, a hole in the front of the casework, or pulling the whole drawer out. Both function and aesthetics heavily influence the detailing in this case.

The trash receptacle often gets used without much thought, but Interior Designers are certainly putting forethought into this small detail! Perhaps more than occupants realize. When Interior detailing is done well, you may not even notice it, but poor design always stands out.

A well-executed, functional space requires a balance of the creative and the technical. Our Interior Design team focuses on creating a functional, beautiful space that works best for our clients, down to the smallest details. That frequently means detailing a trash receptacle – and we are all over it!

Author:

Allison Towles Senior Interior Designer

Category:

  • Design

Posted:

March 3, 2021