This article is the second installation of our guide to choosing kitchen cabinets for your remodel. In this article, we’ll cover cabinet types and features that will help you pick the right kitchen cabinets for your home.
Types of kitchen cabinets
One decision you will have to make in regards to your kitchen remodel is the type of cabinet to use. There are three main types of cabinets: stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and custom cabinets. The terminology refers to the production method used to fabricate kitchen cabinets. Stock kitchen cabinets are the most affordable while custom cabinets are the most expensive.
Stock cabinetry – stock cabinets come in standard sizes. They are pre-made, mass-produced and non-customizable. Only a few styles and colors are available. The construction of stock cabinets is cheaper, usually made of particle boards with a veneer coating to imitate wood. Stock cabinets are readily available so wait time is usually dismal. However, lesser quality and limited choices may convince you to go with the next alternative – semi-custom cabinetry.
Semi-custom cabinetry – semi-custom cabinets offer much more choices in sizes, wood finishes and colors, drawer style and door facings as well as cabinet depth. This type of kitchen cabinets is more expensive than stock cabinets, but still more affordable than custom cabinets. Because the cabinets are semi-custom, it will take longer to get them once ordered, but having more choices and better quality cabinets make the wait all worthwhile.
Custom cabinetry – this is the most expensive type of cabinet you can get. The kitchen cabinets will be fabricated based on your unique specifications including the type of wood used, wood finish, designs and details for doors and drawers, size, etc. With custom kitchen cabinetry, your kitchen cabinets will be fabricated on demand by an experienced cabinet maker. Wait time to get the cabinets is long, usually about 4 months.
Kitchen cabinets features
When shopping for cabinets for your kitchen remodel, you should watch out for the following features:
Good quality kitchen cabinets are constructed with solid wood face frames, drawers, door frames, and faces. They should have plywood sides and rear panels in the cabinet box. In some instances, particleboard boxes are acceptable if installed properly.
The best drawers are constructed with solid, half an inch or more wood or plywood sides. They are assembled using dovetailed or dowel joints for strength and durability. Drawers with glued and stapled joints are inferior in construction. If it is within your budget, self-closing drawers are best.
A sought-after option for wall cabinets is for shelves to be adjustable which makes storing items of different size practical. For lower kitchen cabinet, look for pullout tray inserts with full extension glides for ease of access and storage.
To finish the look of your kitchen cabinets, you will need to pick knobs, pulls, and hinges. Knobs and pulls not only provide style, they also serve the function of protecting cabinet surfaces from being prematurely worn out. Soft clothes hinges for cabinet doors is also an option to look for.
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