Are you planning a kitchen renovation in the near future? Then it’s time to start developing a plan! After all, choosing the right cabinets for your kitchen is probably one of the most important decisions you will make for this room. Not only will your cabinet purchase impact your budget, but it will also influence the “feel” of the whole room! Prior to purchasing, you should have a clear vision in mind of the style and material of your new cabinets. Let’s get started with the research needed to develop your plan!
Where do I begin?
Since cabinets take up nearly half of your kitchen renovating budget, it is important that you set goals on what you want your kitchen to look like and the functionality of it after your project is completed. You should ask yourself a few questions regardless if you are simply replacing the cabinets and keeping the same layout or completely redoing your kitchen layout. Some important questions to ask yourself (and be specific) are:
- What don’t I like about my current cabinets?
- How long do I plan to reside in my home? Am I updating my kitchen with the purpose of reselling in mind or do I plan to stay in my home long term?
- What is the style of my home and kitchen?
- Am I happy with the amount of storage space I currently have or do I need more?
- What is more important to me, the way the cabinets look or their functionality and durability?
After you have given some thought to these questions, you are ready to begin researching cabinet styles and materials. So, let’s begin!
One of the first things you must consider prior to choosing a cabinet style is if you want the kitchen to match the feel of your overall home, take a slight departure from the rest of the home, or are you taking a huge detour. A kitchen is its own space with its specific uses, but most reflect the overall feel of the rest of the home. Just remember, there is no right or wrong way on how your kitchen must look. The only rule you need to abide by is to do what feels right to you! With that being said, we can categorize kitchen cabinets into three categories:
- Modern – sleek, colorful, European-style, sheet glass and lacquered wood cabinets
- Traditional – Shaker, cathedral and arched cabinets
- Vintage – features decorative molding and beaded board cabinets
The quality of your cabinets will be closely linked to how your cabinets are put together and the material used. You really need to pay close attention to these features, especially if you will be living with these cabinets long term. Another item to consider when deciding on the make-up is the amount of abuse certain parts of your cabinets will face, such as the drawers. Drawers take a lot of abuse, so paying for a better material that is more durable is a wise investment.
Cabinets can be made from a variety of materials. The materials also range in durability. Some of the materials you will find are:
- Particle Board
- Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
- Solid Wood – such as oak, cherry, pine, or maple
- Laminate/Melamine – laid over particle board or a similar material