Good planning is the key to having a satisfying experience when it comes to buying new cabinets for your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry. There are so many choices, one can get caught up in what they see, not in what they want or need. Based on our experiences, we have put together a list of the top 10 considerations when buying cabinets. These are creative considerations, not so much technical. The list helps you to consider how you work and what options you need to consider when choosing your cabinets.
Because cabinetry is such a large investment in your home, and it can increase the value of your home in a significant way, we do well to make sure we consider our preferences, how we function in the space, and what options are available.
We hope the list gives you some ideas or thoughts about choosing cabinets that helps. Once you have made a note of the ideas you have, you can search our online showroom to see if we have what you need. Please read on…
What don’t you like about your current kitchen cabinet layout? You don’t want to repeat the design of your new layout if it doesn’t work for you. Think about all the times you said, “I wish the sink were bigger.” or “I need more countertop space.” or “If only I had larger drawers to store my big pots.” You know, things like that. This will help you think about the types of cabinets you will look for.
Are you a foodie who likes to experiment with new ideas? That usually means you will have large appliances for baking, mixing, and blending. Where do you store them now, and is that something you want to change. Maybe a large utility cabinet with large doors and drawers is necessary. Also, those appliances are heavy, so you’ll want to store them where you’re not reaching to low or high for them.
Have you seen kitchens that really stand out to you? There are so many ways to search online for specific profiles. Do you want framed or frameless? Do you like traditional or modern? Do you like the old-fashioned grandma’s kitchen, or do you prefer the upscale European loft look? Kitchen cabinets now come in a variety of colors and textures that allow you to choose what you like without sacrificing quality.
Kitchen cabinets can look great with the right choice of knobs, handles, and pulls. But, opening a door or drawer can be a pain if you open them in the wrong direction or where there is not enough room. You must think about cabinet placement and flow. Opening doors toward a wall is a consideration, unless it makes more sense to allow a wider swing away from the wall. Think about what makes sense for you.
Many cabinets now come with the option of having glass doors. If you buy stylish dinnerware and glassware, you may want to show it off. Having glass doors or open shelves is a great design consideration, and makes the space feel larger. Carefully think about where they will be placed, though, because you want to retain balance in the look and feel of your space.
Cabinet design now includes options of painted surfaces or stained surfaces. What feel are you looking for when working in the kitchen? Too, if your cabinets are going in the bathroom, how will the moisture affect the finish? Our framed cabinets have a paint matching program with Sherwin Williams, where you can correct any blemishes, dents, or scratches that inevitably occur.
Don’t forget the trim and moulding! It is easy to calculate the cost of the cabinets, but they have to have the proper finishes for a complete cabinetry set up. Cover over the cabinet joints at the base with toe-kick, dress up the tops with crown moulding that comes in the same color as you cabinets, or finish the bottom of the wall cabinets, hiding recessed lights, with trim pieces that complete the design.
Are you a wine drinker? If so, we have cabinets that hold wine in a decorative way. Or, perhaps you’d like to use the same cabinet for storing other large bottles like asian sauces, olive oils, or vinegar. The point is, you have options that you won’t find at Big Box stores, and they match the color and finish of your cabinets. Be creative, you can even use the wine racks in your laundry as a fancy towel holder!
What about upgrades? Make sure they are standard options and available. How do you like to organize your canned goods, boxes, or bags of grains? For corner cabinets you can use a Lazy Susan or pull-out shelves. Soft-closing doors and drawers are some must-haves for your cabinetry to make it more convenient and comfortable when opening and closing to grab something.
Construction, quality and customer service! There are many ready-to-assemble (RTA) options, but most are lacking in either quality or customer service. Make sure you choose a company that has been in the industry for a long time and has a good reputation for taking care of the customer. Buyers remorse comes when you opt for Big Box stores of businesses that don’t have a proven track record.