Kitchen cabinets have a ton of influence on a kitchen. They control much of the kitchen space, therefore, they need to be thought of as an integral aspect of kitchen design. Even beyond the design aspect, cabinets need to be considered for strength and durability. Here’s everything you need to think about when searching for kitchen cabinets.
At what point in a remodel do you focus on cabinetry?
If you plan on undergoing a kitchen overhaul then you need to plan out each aspect of the remodel before the first nail is even hammered. This applies to flooring, countertops, wall paint/design, appliances, and, yes, cabinetry. Each aspect is reliant on the others and the ultimate goal is to create a kitchen design that flows and shines together.
Pre-construction, you need to at least pin down your color scheme and your measurements. Measurements are most applicable to your cabinets and your appliances. Why? Because your kitchen cabinets are most likely going to have to fit around your appliances.
So, cabinet measurements and color should be predetermined. You can base cabinet color on the colors of your countertop, walls and flooring. Ultimately, the purpose of your cabinetry is to compliment the features of your kitchen that truly standout; i.e. your countertops and backsplash.
What wood do you want for your kitchen cabinets?
With cabinet wood, your options are basically light or dark and shades in between. When deciding on a wood style, consider the size of your kitchen and the natural lighting that your kitchen benefits from. Small kitchens will look larger with lighter colored woods like maple or oak, while larger kitchens can be emboldened with darker wood colors like mahogany or hickory.
Similarly, kitchens that lack in natural light would be in most need of lighter colored cabinets. And kitchens that have plenty of natural light can make good use of darker colored cabinets.
In addition, consider the rest of the kitchen features. Certain countertop colors will warrant certain cabinet colors. Ultimately, you can have your cabinets painted any color, but the common colors are gray, black, white, and shades of brown.
How to purchase kitchen cabinets
Like most products, cabinetry is going to have different levels of quality and versatility. It’s up to your preferences and budget as to which level is ideal for your remodeling project. You’ll find cabinets offered as ready to assemble (RTA), stock, semi-custom and custom.
What does each option entail?
Ready to Assemble: Best for homeowners that are looking for a quick and easy cabinet solution. You can purchase RTA cabinets from local hardware stores. This type of cabinet is what it is, meaning you cannot have it altered in anyway. What you see is what you get. They are inexpensive in comparison to other cabinetry grades and can be a great buy for homeowners capable of effective DIY installation.
Stock: Purchased pre-sized directly from the manufacturer. This type of cabinet cannot be altered either, but you can benefit from affordable, good-quality cabinets by simply picking a reliable manufacturer. Stock cabinets are constructed on site and are typically constructed using a particleboard material.
Semi-Custom: Consumers will have some say in sizing at this level of cabinetry. Also, you’ll have an improved selection of styles, finishes and storage capabilities. Pricing for semi-custom cabinets is generally right in the wheelhouse for homeowners that are looking for a high-quality addition to their kitchens. More often than not, pricing also includes installation.
Custom: Now we’re talking true high-end cabinetry. You’ll have your pick at countless design options, including style, finish and accessories. Custom cabinets are made-to-order. Consumers will have complete control over the look and features of their cabinets; thus, they’ll know exactly what to expect when said cabinets are delivered to their homes.
What types of cabinets do you need to consider?
Every kitchen has some variation of cabinet types. As you go through the remodeling process, it’s important to understand certain lingo. So, when you are ironing out each section of cabinetry, use the following terms:
Base: The cabinets that are either attached to or hover above your floor. Base cabinets are range from two-to-three feet in depth and height is determined by your kitchen layout. More spacious since most homeowners store their pots and pans in base cabinets.
Wall: The cabinets attached to your walls that exist above your kitchen counters. These are generally 12 inches in depth as they store glasses or cups, or stacked dishes and bowls. Semi-custom or custom build wall cabinets can of course increase in depth if needed.
Tall: Tall kitchen cabinets Lewisville might as well be called pantry cabinets. These are 80+ inches in height, perfect for storing food, paper plates, lunchboxes, containers, etc. If your kitchen doesn’t have the space for a walk-in pantry than a tall cabinet or two will be an effective substitute. In fact, tall cabinets will look nicer in your kitchen than having a random door in the corner.
Specialty: Specially designed cabinets for unique storage situations. For example, installing corner cabinets that can open at a specific angle or placing a built-in bottle rack inside of a particular cabinet.
What about cabinet finishes?
You’ve selected your cabinet grade, type and color, what’s next?
What kind of finish do you want your kitchen cabinets to have? Your options are painted, stained, glazed, distressed and antiqued, or a combination.
Stained cabinets are a wonderful and popular option. Stained wood offers character and is more attention-grabbing than a plain, solid-colored cabinet. In a way, stained cabinets compare to a granite countertop. Granite has a natural grain that results in a random mix of color shades and patterns. Such a random, imperfect design makes the countertop material inviting and very easy on the eyes.
Stained cabinets don’t necessarily experience color changes; however, the staining does result in different shades of the same colors. It’s as if the cabinets are already broken in, ready for everyday use.
Glazed kitchen cabinets are also quite popular. Such a cabinet finish will present an appealing gloss, or shine. White cabinets are often glazed, as they benefit from a little added depth and character, rather than plainness.
Then you have the distressed, or antique options for a cabinet finish. These finishing techniques are meant to make your cabinets appear aged. Sounds like a strange characteristic, right? Maybe, but if you see a distressed cabinet in person, you’ll probably appreciate the uniqueness.
Not every product is at its best when it’s shiny and brand new. This especially applies to wood. Why do you think the random grain in hardwood flooring is so vastly appreciated and consumed? Homeowners often want their homes to have character. Character makes a home feel homier (if that makes sense).
What advanced options do you have for cabinetry?
Carpenters can have all sorts of fun with woodwork. They have the ability to add special features to projects to enhance consumer appeal. Of course, the catch for consumers is they will have to pay extra money for those special features. Still, it’s often worth the extra pay to make your kitchen cabinets that much more appealing and easier to work with.
For instance, pullout recycling and trash cans can make life a little easier. Custom-made wine racks are a sought-after feature for wine connoisseurs, or people that just have plenty of wine that they need stored. If the wine rack is something you would like to show off, consider covering the cabinet with a glass panel so people can see the wine rack without having to open or pull the cabinet door. As for trash bins or recycling bins, you probably want to keep those hidden.
Also, cabinet drawers that pull out all the way are a nice home addition. Too often, we cut our hands on the wood as were forced to reach all the way back in the drawer to grab some item that we haven’t had to use in months. Even if there’s no cut, it’s annoying having to blindly reach.
The time that you save thanks to a functional kitchen will certainly add up throughout the years. Plus, it’s nice to have the satisfaction of a cooking space that flows just as you want it, free from inconvenience.
You are going to have a lot going on if you're planning for a kitchen overhaul. Thus, it’s not a bad idea to run your thoughts and your intentions by a professional designer or contractor. You will receive advice and guidance for each and every aspect of a kitchen remodel. If you do not seek professional design assistance then try to deal with the remodel one aspect at a time. Choose your flooring, your countertop, your kitchen cabinets…and so on. Compartmentalizing can go a long way for big projects.
For installation and project completion, it’s easiest to hire one contractor. Communication will be simplified as you won’t have to call or speak with multiple people and have multiple opinions being presented to your already busy mind.
If there is something that the contractor is not 100% capable of completing, chances are he/she will have another contractor on speed dial capable of the task. It’s not often that contractors are limited, but aspects of a remodel such as plumbing can sometimes call for the assistance of a professional plumber.
Point being, a kitchen remodel is easier and quicker if not done alone by the novice homeowner. Professional designers and installers can make a massive difference. Yes, you will have to pay the pros for their labor, but it’ll be well worth it knowing the job was done with precision. Again, a lot goes into big project like this, and the more there is to be done, the more there is that can go wrong.
Simplify, simplify, simplify! You’ll be glad you did!
Nadine Floor Company
Nadine Floor Company has been in the remodeling game for a long time. We pride ourselves in giving customers a wide selection of home remodeling products, including flooring, countertop and cabinetry. We also pride ourselves in our installation services. Customers don’t need to look elsewhere for remodeling help. It can all be done with Nadine Floor Company at your service!
For expert cabinet advice and installation, give Nadine Floor Company a call! Our remodeling experts know the ins and outs of kitchen design and construction. We’ll install any type of cabinet you choose and we’ll ensure all installments are built to last for many years.