Cabinets take up a significant portion of your kitchen. If they’re old and outdated, they’re an instant eyesore. In some cases, they may not be the right kind of storage your family needs in the kitchen. When you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, here are a few things to consider before you begin.
Stock, Semi-Custom and Custom Cabinetry
Contrary to what many people think, these terms are not related to the quality of cabinets but rather, how they’re manufactured. Here are the basic definitions:
- Stock– Stock cabinets are pre-manufactured in specific sizes in 3” increments with few if any options for customization. They are off-the-shelf products in a limited range of styles.
- Semi-Custom– Semi-custom units start with 3” increments but generally can be modified to the nearest inch. With semi-custom you have some ability to pick and choose some customization options.
- Custom– Custom cabinets are built to the customer’s specifications, with no limitation on size, style choices, wood grade or finish. They are truly made-to-order.
Cabinet Door Style
- Shaker – The Shaker-style is the most common door style in kitchens. This five-piece flat-panel style has a frame made from four pieces and a single flat center panel for the fifth piece. The Shaker-style doors simple style lends itself to just about any style.
- Raised Panel – A raised panel door has a center panel that is a little higher than the surrounding wood. These doors may have arches or square edges. They may also feature glass or metal inserts to add unique touches to the cabinet unit.
- Flat – Simple but stylish, the flat-panel cabinet door makes a great fit for contemporary and modern interiors. Many flat doors come in decorative laminate or wood. Laminate tends to be more budget friendly and offers a greater variety of colors and sheens.
- Inset – Although this style tends to be one of the most expensive, it’s a classic look that will last for generations. The inset door gets its name because it is set inside of the cabinet frame.
- Beadboard -Love cottage style? The center panel of the cabinet door in this style is made to look like traditional beadboard paneling.
Color & Finish
- White – One way to achieve the clean and sleek look is with white kitchen cabinets. If you have a small kitchen, this is one way to make the space feel bigger and brighter.
- Gray – Gray is the new neutral, and almost any shade goes. Use a lighter shade of gray to brighten the space. Or, if you want to create a warm and dramatic kitchen environment, opt for a darker gray.
- Natural Wood – The natural warmth and texture of hardwood provides a nice contrast to stainless steel appliances and glass front cabinets. Wood exhibits defining characteristics such as mineral deposits and knots that contribute to its beauty, and can be highlighted by stains and glazes.
- Glass Doors – As an alternative to open shelving, a clear glass cabinet front can expose beautiful dishware without the dust or debris that could appear with open cabinets. Some people opt for frosted glass to create openness in your kitchen, without exposing every plate or bowl.
- A built-in charging station for all your handheld electronic devices takes the clutter off of your counter.
- For the home cook, an exposed shelf offers a place they can set their tablet or phone to read a recipe.
- A trash and recycling cabinet can hide away an unsightly trash can. This feature will also open up floor space in your kitchen.
- A tray storage cabinet can store racks, cookie sheets, pizza pans, and cutting boardswithin vertical dividers. You can have a roll-out drawer installed that lets you see everything at once.
- A useful way to use space that would otherwise be wasted in a corner is with a corner lazy Susan. It turns potential dead space into usable storage.
Base cabinets are moving away from doors and toward drawers. If you are trying to maximize your storage and provide easier access to your dishes, tools, and foodstuffs, install some base cabinet drawers. Drawers offer a much better use of space, especially deep drawers, which are perfect for storing pots, pans, and other cookware. If you prefer the look of doors, you can opt for a pullout shelving system hidden behind the cabinet doors.
Hardware can really impact the final look of your cabinets. It can make them look more contemporary, country, or traditional. Kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls often get overlooked, but they can really change the entire style of your cabinetry.