When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, the decisions can be unbearably exhausting. The cabinet choices alone are almost endless. Additionally, you will most likely need help choosing light fixtures, countertops, type of sink, faucet, paint colors, cabinet hardware, flooring, backsplash, and more. We are here help you make those tough decisions.
But let’s talk about cabinetry for minute and try to get past of few of the big choices. Do you want a painted cabinet or a stained cabinet? A painted cabinet will always be Maple wood and possibly have some MDF or HDF (Medium density fiberboard or High-density fiberboard) in the doors. This is because Maple and MDF/HDF leave the best paint finish. If you want a stained cabinet, you have to decide what species of wood you like and how that species relates to the final color you like. Some popular cabinet wood species are Oak, Cherry, Alder, Rustic Alder, Hickory, Beech, Maple, Walnut. All of these will look different with the same stain applied. If it helps, 90% of clients are using Maple cabinets painted in White with some other paint color going on the island or accent wall cabinets. Depending on the cabinet manufacture that you choose to go with you may be limited in the paint and stain options that they offer. If you choose a full or semi-custom cabinet manufacture, they offer a plethora of color options and most will color match any paint chip that you can come up with.
Next, you have to decide if you like an overlay, frameless, flush inset or beaded inset cabinet. For the sake of sanity let’s just say there is really no structural difference between these options. You should make this decision based on what look you like best.
Now its time to pick your door style. Even though the number one seller is shaker style, you should know that the door style combinations are endless. Depending on your style you may like a simple and timeless shaker door, you may like a more traditional raised panel door, you may be very modern and like slab doors with acrylic or medal wraps or maybe you’re somewhere in between. Every cabinet manufacture offers different door styles and finishes. Some manufactures offer very few choices while others may offer everything under the sun. in choosing a door style you also have a choice of edge profile and that can get confusing as well but that only comes into play if you choose an overlay door style. If you pick and inset, beaded inset or frameless style that your door edge will most likely be square.
And just when you think you’re done; you still have to decide on the cabinet box construction. Most companies offer boxes built from either plywood or furniture board. There is a common misconception that furniture board is not good and that your cabinets will fall apart. This is not true! Furniture board is actually the preferred product for cabinet construction. It doesn’t warp like plywood does and just like with anything else, if it assembled correctly it doesn’t fall apart. But any good manufacture will offer cabinets in both, but the plywood boxes will cost you more. And don’t be afraid to ask how the box is constructed. How thick are sides and back and how is everything attached? Is the box glued and stapled together? Is the box just glued together? How are the drawer boxes constructed? These are important things to know about the product you want buy, Maybe the most important. You don’t want your two-year-old kitchen to start falling apart because it was poorly assembled at the manufacturer.
You also can decide on hinges and drawer guides. Most cabinets will offer a soft close door hinge option and full extension undermount soft close drawer option but sometimes that may cost more money so you may not go for the soft close options. Some other options that obviously will impact the price but can make your kitchen much more functional include trash pullouts, rollout shelves in base cabinets and pantries, utensil drawers, spice racks and much more.