Nothing refreshes the look of a kitchen more than new kitchen cabinets. Crisp, clean lines and shiny hardware draw attention and bring the entire room together. But there are so many options – how does an owner know what to choose? Here are some tips to help anyone choose the perfect cabinets for their home.
The first is the first
Before a homeowner starts choosing new kitchen cabinets, they need to know the exact kitchen layout. Measurements must be taken and an overall design theme must be chosen. This will make the ordering process much more streamlined. Standard lower cabinets should be 24 inches deep and 36 inches high, while upper cabinets are typically at least 12 inches deep and 18 inches above the counter. However, these measurements are only a guide and can be customized.
Stock, semi-custom and custom
Kitchen cabinets can be ordered in three ways: standard, semi-custom, or custom. Stock varieties come as is and are the most affordable options. They can come assembled or in a package to be assembled by the owner. Semi-custom means that buyers have some additional options when ordering that will give them more flexibility, but are still restricted to what is already available. Custom options are designed especially for the owner and can be adjusted to suit any configuration.
Framed vs. Frameless
Standard cabinets are usually framed, which means that the door and drawers are attached to a front frame. However, European or frameless cabinets have gained popularity in recent years. In this option, the door and drawers are attached directly to the box. The lack of a front face can reduce the strength of the structure, so experts recommend avoiding cheap materials like particle board and instead using more solid wood.
There are several different door styles, from the traditional Shaker to the flat and glass pane doors. The style of the door will have a significant impact on the overall style of the kitchen. Consider flat doors for a minimalist look or Shaker for a more traditional feel. Custom trim and different finishes can be added to existing doors to create an even more custom look.
Various accessories can be integrated into the cabinets for customization. Designs tend to change according to technical trends. For example, today’s homeowners often design built-in charging stations that will keep electronic devices off the counter. Appliances, such as heavy mixers or coffee makers, can be placed on hidden lift shelves behind doors. Other popular trends include removable trash cans, one-touch opening doors, and built-in LED lighting.
To get the best value for your money, homeowners should focus on quality of materials and construction over desired features. Avoid over-customization, as some features can be customized so much as to damage resale value. However, a well done construction will always be a good investment.