It’s a well documented fact that kitchen cabinets can be very costly so before you go spending a large chunk of your remodelling budget, it’s important to choose carefully. Read on for some tips on how to choose the best cabinets for your kitchen:
Kitchen cabinetry can take up most of your budget and because it’s such a large investment, and one which hopefully you won’t be doing again for several years, then it’s important to weigh up the options and be able to choose confidently. Here’s how:
If your cabinets are in good condition and working order and you’re more than happy with the layout of your kitchen then the cheapest option is to paint or stain them a different color. Alternatively you might look at refacing which involves putting a new veneer on the exterior of the cabinet box and replacing door and drawer fronts. This task is best left to the professionals. It’s a speedier option than putting in new cabinets but be warned that the most expensive part of kitchen cabinets is the drawer and door fronts and if you’re paying someone to replace them, it might just be cheaper to buy new. The other advantage with buying new cabinets is that it gives you the chance to consider a different layout and look for your kitchen remodelling.
Types of new cabinets
So you’ve decided to buy new cabinets but what choices are to be had? Will stock cabinets fulfil your requirements or will you need to go down the custom built route?
A custom cabinet is a type of bespoke kitchen cabinet which is built to your exact specifications, i.e. size, type of material, design, finish and accessories. It’s the most expensive option and has by far the longest lead time.
Semi-custom are as the name implies, part custom built. In other words the cabinets are made to your size requirements but they are manufactured in pre-determined increments. You may need a spacer to hide redundant wall space, and that can mean less storage. In addition the range of materials, finishes and accessories won’t be as wide as for custom cabinets, but they’ll cost less.
Stock cabinets are the final option and these are the cheapest choice. They’re pre-made and come in standard sizes, and if you do your research you can find many made from solid wood. There’s no reason why most kitchens can’t be fitted out with stock cabinets provided you find a designer who is willing to work around the standard sizes.
There are two types of cabinet design, framed and frameless. Framed cabinets are more popular in traditional kitchens and means that the door is attached to a frame around the cabinet opening. The more modern European style of frameless cabinets means there is no frame and the door fits right on the side of the cabinet. They offer more interior room than a framed cabinet.
Kitchen cabinet manufacturers now offer a wide range of accessories which are all designed to organize your storage, conceal appliances, and generally make your kitchen work more efficiently. Just remember that all of these extra accessories increase the price, so consider carefully which accessories you would benefit from most.
Finally, pulls, knobs and handles add that all important finishing touch to your kitchen cabinetry. Available in a wide range of styles and prices, they can give even cheap kitchen cabinets that custom look.
Kenneth Newel is an Home improvement Blogger. She has been writing on Kitchen Design and Budget friendly makeover ideas since last 2-3 years.