Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing cabinets while keeping the rest of your kitchen as-is or overhauling your entire kitchen with a full renovation, you have a lot of options. Here are some things to consider when deciding among these options.
New kitchen cabinets will inherently become the design centerpiece of your kitchen and will see many years of use, so it’s important to choose a reliable, high-quality brand. Take your time when reviewing available cabinet brands and consider what you expect to get out of your cabinets and the warranty available from each brand.
Once you decide on the brand you like the most, determine what style of cabinets you envision for your kitchen. Classic doored cabinets are versatile and can provide a clean, organized look. Open cabinets can provide countless design and organization opportunities. You should also consider features like the joinery, rails, and panel quality.
Do you want your cabinets to truly pop, or would you prefer a more subdued appearance? The finish you choose for your cabinets is mostly an aesthetic choice, but there are some practical benefits to choosing a high-end finish. Cabinets with these finishes won’t chip or scuff easily, and they are generally easy to repair if they do sustain damage.
Cabinets come in a wide variety of styles, from traditional framed cabinets to European-style frameless cabinets and countless details you’ll need to choose. Everything from the type of closures to the hardware you’ll use to open your cabinets are important considerations. You can also choose the door style that fits your design the best, from glossy finished flat-faced cabinets to traditional shaker-style cabinets with rustic finishes and much more.
Modern cabinetry offers lots of room for customizing the inside of your cabinets. A few of the internal accessories you may want to consider include:
- LED task lights that make it easier to find things in your cabinets without turning on the kitchen lights.
- A lazy Susan, which not only helps to maximize the storage space inside your cabinets but also makes it much easier to retrieve what you need from them quickly.
- Soft-close drawers. You can add drawers to the inside of your cabinets that open and close gently, preventing items from falling over while adding more versatile storage space.
- Built-in wine racks, which make it easy to store wine bottles in an attractive and convenient way.
- Pullout trash bins that make it easy to conceal your kitchen’s garbage can.
- These are only a few examples of the accessories you can add to your new cabinets to create the kitchen you’ve always wanted.
It’s vital to take practical considerations into account, including how much space you think you need inside and above your cabinets. Do you want cabinets that extend to the kitchen ceiling, or would you prefer hovering cabinets with room for decorations and additional storage on top? You don’t want to have to use a stepladder every time you reach for a glass of water, so be sure to consider cabinet height when deciding on which cabinets to buy.
You’ll need to decide the arrangement of your cabinets, how much storage space you’ll need in your kitchen, and what other elements you plan on incorporating into your kitchen remodeling project.
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