One of the most exciting aspects about designing or remodeling a kitchen is choosing cabinets that will compliment your home and express your personality. They also have the ability to make your life easier with features that your old cabinets most likely never had.
The Range of Cabinet Choices
Cabinets and appliances take up the bulk of your budget so decide which is more important. Of course it is possible to choose moderately priced cabinets and appliances, but if your dream is to have custom cabinets, then commercial appliances probably will not be an option. There are several cabinet choices, listed from least to most expensive, and include ready-to-assemble, stock, semi-custom, and custom.
1. Ready-to-assemble Kitchen Cabinets
These kitchen cabinets offer the least variety of styles and finishes, but can be taken home immediately and assembled by you or a carpenter.
2. Stock Kitchen Cabinets
Stock cabinets are constructed from particleboard, have a limited variety of finishes, are usually available immediately, and come in oak, cherry, and maple wood.
3. Semi-custom Kitchen Cabinets
These cabinets are stock cabinets that have added custom touches such as higher-priced wood inserts such as pine, hickory, and pecan. Semi-custom cabinets can also accommodate somewhat difficult spaces and useful space-saving accessories. The range of finishes and styles is also greater.
4. Custom Kitchen Cabinets
This type of kitchen cabinets are limitless in their design and style since they are built from scratch to fit in your particular space. Your budget is your only restriction.
Choosing Kitchen Cabinetry Styles
The job of choosing cabinetry is only half done once the type of cabinet is picked. Colors, finishes, and door style must be decided. If possible, consider mixing multiple finishes and styles in your kitchen to create a one-of-a-kind look. Door styles include slab, recessed, raised, and routed. Hardware, including knobs, pulls, hinges, and gliders, should also compliment the finish and style of cabinets. Designate cabinets that will hold heavy or oversized items and use hardware that can withstand the extra weight.
Kitchen Cabinet Accessories
Cabinet accessories can create space that you never knew you could have. Racks, trays, and drawer inserts can maximize hard-to-reach areas that might otherwise go unused. Do not forget to think about additional spaces and cubbies such as a microwave shelf, an appliance garage, a wine rack, and a cookbook shelf. Moldings, faux furniture legs, interior display lighting, and glass doors are also options for the well-designed kitchen. All of these decisions will add personality to your kitchen, helping to define your family's unique space.