Hoosier Cabinet Furniture

Hoosier Cabinet Furniture

A Hoosier cabinet is more than just a cabinet; it is an entire kitchen workstation. From its earliest incarnation, it was designed to help the cook do his job more efficiently, and with less help. The Hoosier cabinet featured a pull-out porcelain counter, large flour bin or sifter, sugar bin, salt box, spice jars, tin bread drawer and coffee or tea canisters. Some had a metal rack for pots and pans. There were also drawers to store kitchen utensils. Racks on the insides of the top cabinet doors were used to display measurement charts or recipe cards. All Hoosier cabinets are made of solid wood, primarily oak. The cabinets look like separate pieces of furniture, as they do not have the toe kicks associated with current kitchen cabinets. Toe kicks are the piece of wood that covers the legs of a cabinet from the floor to the cabinet base. Hoosier cabinets have legs and some have wheeled casters at the end of the legs. Generally the cabinets are 6 feet tall, 2 feet deep and 4 feet wide, which allows a person to stand directly in front of one and be able to reach any area of the cabinet. Older cabinets were stained, and it was not until the 1920s that painting and decorating the cabinets came into vogue. At that point, enamel paint and contrasting stenciling in the Art Deco style was popular

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