5 Tips for Selecting Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets take up the biggest part of a kitchen and as such dominate the look and style of the kitchen space. You want kitchen cabinets that will hold your items adequately while giving the kitchen a stylish look that fits into the rest of the house. What can you look at when making a choice of kitchen cabinets?

Kitchen Cabinet Storage

Different kitchens serve different purposes, and your kitchen should match your needs from the kitchen. If it is a kitchen serving a big family, the cabinets should adequately hold the large volume of food, utensils, and appliances. If your kitchen is mainly for display, glass cabinets would fit perfectly well to show off your fine kitchen. Take stock of all items you will be storing, and the kind of organization and access you want.

Kitchen Cabinet Design Style

The finishing of the cabinet exterior sets the dominant tone of a kitchen’s style. If you are going for a traditional kitchen, go for a darker stain with ornate molding and glazing on the doors of the cabinets. If you are going for a more contemporary look, you would need leaner clean cut edges with glass doors for better display. Metallic finishes would also fit the profile.

Kitchen Cabinet Materials

Different types of wood differ in appearance, durability, and longevity. Hardwoods are preferred with maple and cherry being the most popular. Maple has a more uniform color because of smoother graining it is also lighter in color making it good for staining which brings out mineral streaks. Cherry is darker in color and its visible pinholes and graining make it suitable for light staining where its red undertones come out very well.

Assembled vs. RTA Kitchen Cabinets

Assembled cabinets come ready to install. Everything is put together at the factory and shipped to site where installations are done by screwing on and gluing where necessary. The advantage of assembled units is that all issues are usually handled before shipping.

Ready to Assemble (RTA) packs are components that are shipped and assembled on site. While this needs more work, it has the advantage of minor adjustments in size and fitting. It is also cheaper to purchase.

Framed vs. Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

Framed cabinets come with a 1 ½ inch frame at the front of the cabinet box for more stability and strength of the cabinet door. This style of build is more popular with American styles. In a frameless cabinet, the doors attach directly to the sides of the cabinet box. This is associated with European styling which offers sleeker looks.

Regardless of the cabinet choice, you make there are qualified craftsmen to help your choice come out properly in the kitchen.