CHOOSING CABINETS FOR OUR NEW KITCHEN
Kitchen cabinets are among the most significant decisions to be made for a new or remodeled kitchen. It can be quite intimidating but with the right information, you can avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed. Let’s look at several areas that you can focus on when choosing cabinets for your new kitchen.
Framed or Frameless Cabinets
If your new kitchen is designed along the traditional style, the framed cabinets are better. They have a “face” in the form of a 1-1/2 inch frame at the front of your cabinet box. On the other hand, frameless cabinets are more suited for the contemporary kitchen designs. They have a hidden frame that offers greater accessibility to what is inside the cabinet. The doors in frameless cabinets are hinged on the inside which makes hinges less noticeable compared to those on framed cabinets.
Customized or Stock Cabinets
Custom cabinetry is generally the most expensive cabinet choice option. It typically has the longest lead time. Usually, the same look can be achieved with semi-custom cabinets. In the case of semi-custom cabinets, your cabinetry is normally made to your required sizes although only in predetermined increments such as a 20″ or 22” cabinet rather than a 20.5″ or 21.5” cabinet.
You can purchase stock cabinets more or less off-the-rack in predetermined styles. While stock cabinets are normally the least expensive option, you need to determine the quality of the material used as many times it may not be solid wood.
Cabinet Door Style
There is a cabinet door style that will fit every taste, whether it’s classic, modern or something in between these two. If you want to go with custom cabinets doors, your options are endless, whereas you will have fewer options with semi-custom. With stock, on the other extreme, you will do with what is available. More complicated detailing such as beading or raised panels are generally more expensive and you will need more effort at cleaning them.
When considering kitchen cabinet door styles also take into account the style used in the rest of your home for it’s still important that they connect and flow together.
Hardware has a big impact on how your kitchen cabinets will look. It can either dress up your cabinets or dress them down. No matter the cabinets you pick, ensure the hardware aligns with the cabinet doors style. On a sleek door, for example, you need simple knobs and pulls that have a clean silhouette. Also remember the hinges because if you choose a cabinet style that has exposed hinges they ought to be of the same finish just like the rest of the cabinet hardware.
The Materials and Finish
For kitchen cabinetry, solid wood remains a very popular choice among homeowners. However, other materials such as metal, stainless steel, melamine, and thermofoil are also readily available. Decorative finishes are also in plenty including crackle, distressing, glazing, and much more. For most people, a solid blend of mix of functionality and good looks is good enough.
Lastly, before heading to the home depot, it’s prudent to first call in a professional to come and look at your kitchen space or at least try and personally take some measurements. It would be a disaster if you were to buy your new cabinets only to reach home and to your horror discover they can’t fit in!