When you are renovating the home, cabinets often emerge as the biggest source of expense in most cases. This long-lasting furniture will set the stage for your kitchen. Therefore, you need to think before taking the final decision.
That is why we have made a list of the things you should know when looking for a new cabinet. Let’s see which they are, shall we?
Know Your Budget
In general, there are three types of cabinet available – stock, custom and semi-custom. Among them, stock cabinets are the cheapest and custom cabinets are the most expensive. Stock cabinets are available as both assembled and non-assembled. These cabinets usually don’t provide that much color and style options. On the other hand, semi-custom cabinets offer some customizable options. Last but not the least; the custom cabinets are built according to your specifications.
Choose A Style
Then, you need to choose whether you want a framed or frameless cabinet. The framed models are provided with a box frame, which attaches the drawers and the doors together. On the other hand, the frameless models don’t any frame. On these models, the doors and the drawers are attached to the box directly. The frameless cabinets offer a modern, convenient design. However, if you want a mix of both styles, you can choose the full-overlay doors.
Analyze the Construction
If you want your cabinet to last a long period of time, you should choose a model with excellent build quality. These cabinets should have solid wooden drawers joined by dovetail. Other characteristics of well-built cabinets include full-extension drawer guides, solid wood frames along with a plywood panel.If you are not confident enough, you should ask your friends and family for recommendations. Also make sure that your chosen comes with extended guarantee or warranty periods.
What about the Features?
Now it’s time to take a look at the cabinet features. It is generally assumed that the more features a cabinet has, the more useful it is. However, make sure that the cabinet comes with the features that you will actually use. It will be a waste of money to purchase an expensive cabinet and not use the features. Some common features include integrates charging station, pull-out trash can, spring-loaded shelf etc. Before you choose a cabinet finally, do some research and find out which useful features it offers.
Renew Old Cabinets
If you have an old cabinet which is still solid, square and usable, you may consider renovating it. Start the process with removing the doors and drawers. Clean the cabinet by using a degreasing agent and sand. Then, apply multiple top coating. If your cabinet is a framed model, the final step is the cabinet re-facing. You can also add new features like pull-out shelves to old cabinets. However, if you are not up to these tasks, you should hire professionals who will take care of these things for you.
Purchasing a cabinet is a long-term investment. Therefore, you should take your time and take the best possible decision. I hope the tips mentioned above will help you to make a better decision. Let me know if you have any other question about purchasing a cabinet for your kitchen.