What You Need to Know About Kitchen Cabinets

From dishes and glassware to spices and canned goods, your kitchen cabinets store lots of stuff. Besides being practical and functional, it’s also important for cabinets to be aesthetically pleasing. But when planning a kitchen remodel, there’s a lot more to consider than color and door style for your kitchen cabinets. Construction method, material, and size will greatly impact price.

So, to help you stay on budget without sacrificing function or fashion, here are 5 important things to consider when choosing kitchen cabinets.

1. Construction. Kitchen cabinets are available in 3 basic types: custom, semi-custom, and stock. Custom cabinets generally offer one-of-a-kind features and attention to detail in your exact size and style specifications. This is the most expensive type of cabinetry and usually means a longer production time. Stock cabinetry is mass-produced and available in most home improvement stores with just a few weeks lead time. They are often pre-assembled and available in limited colors, materials, and styles, making them the least expensive option. Semi-custom cabinets are the best of both worlds, with a variety of extra details and custom options.

2. Size. Ask yourself what is lacking in your current cabinets. Could you use deeper drawers to store utensils or baked goods? Would a wider cabinet help with cookware storage? Perhaps you could benefit from a narrow spice cabinet, too. Don’t be so quick to simply get a newer, shinier version of what you have now if what you have isn’t cutting it.

3. Cabinet Styles. Cabinets can be “framed” or “frameless”. Framed cabinets have a box (the cabinet) and a face frame (the structure attached to the box front, offering reinforcement for drawers and attached doors). This style is well suited for smaller, tighter spaces. Frameless cabinets usually have thicker boxes without the need for a face frame, making it easier to access the cabinet’s full interior.

4. Quality. Carefully inspect models of the cabinets you’re interested in. Are the drawers solid wood? Are there dovetail joints? Does the cabinet have solid wood panels? Are shelves at least ¾ inch plywood? Though better quality cabinets often come with a higher price tag, it’s important to check the quality of lower-priced cabinets, too, to see where they may fall short.

5. Budget. Do a little research before setting a budget. Consider features you are and are not willing to sacrifice as well as the intent of the remodel. For example, if you are hoping to enjoy your new kitchen for years to come, maybe you don’t want to skimp on those little extras that help make it your dream kitchen. If, on the other hand, your plan is to put the house on the market within the next couple of years, maybe custom isn’t the way to go.

At Pann Home Services, we are your one-stop home remodeling resource. Come to us with a concept, and we’ll come back with a finished project guaranteed to please. Contact us today to discuss your next home remodeling or handyman project.