What to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Netley Millwork Cabinet Materials, Custom Cabinets, Kitchen

One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home and improve its value is to invest in high-quality, custom kitchen cabinets. Custom kitchen cabinets not only allow you to have the freedom to express your personal tastes, but will transform your existing kitchen into an oasis of beauty and comfort.

However, if you’ve never chosen your own kitchen cabinets before you may find yourself overwhelmed with the types of styles, designs, and materials available, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the top things to consider when choosing kitchen cabinets.

1. Consider Your Budget

The best way to start narrowing your options is to list your favourite materials and designs by what you can afford. Not only will this keep you from falling in love with a cabinet or style that’s out of your price limit, but it also gives our designers a chance to work closely with you to determine your needs.  Lots of people do not want to establish a proper budget in the hopes getting a better price for their kitchen, despite choosing materials far beyond their actual budget.  The problem with this method is that in order to meet budget, cabinet shops might use lessor quality materials or hardware else where as long as the overall look is maintained.  At first your kitchen will look amazing, however over time you will not be happy as properly functioning hardware is very important.

2. Consider Storage

One of the biggest challenges many homeowners face is a lack of kitchen storage, which makes choosing your kitchen cabinets an important step in organizing your space. In order to help “de-clutter” your kitchen, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my kitchen clutter due to a lack of storage, or other issues? Can inserts like spice racks, pull-out shelves, and cutlery dividers help?
  • Do I prefer drawers or cabinets when it comes to keeping the lower section of my kitchen organized and accessible?
  • Where will my garbage and recycling go? Do I want it hidden behind a cabinet?
  • Which items are used the most, and where can they be easily stored and accessed?
  • Am I planning my kitchen out in a functional method, using Dynamic Space ideas from Blum?  This can really help increase your overall functionality.
  • Asking yourself these questions and discussing it with one of our designers will help ensure that your kitchen cabinets are as beautiful as it is functional.

3. Consider the Materials Available

Solid wood is one of the most popular kitchen cabinet choices because wood is durable and can withstand both heat and moisture. However, the style, space, and brightness of your kitchen needs to be taken into consideration when choosing the type of wood you’d like to use.  Melamine is also an important material to talk about with your kitchen designers, as often times melamine will be used to construct your cabinet boxes.  MDF is another material that has become more popular in kitchen cabinets, especially with the increasing popularity of painted kitchen cabinets.

Other factors to take into consideration when selecting the materials for your cabinets are your countertops, the colours of your appliances, and your budget.

4. Consider the Door Style

Kitchen cabinet door styles can be varied, from classic, to modern, to something completely customized and in-between. When making decisions about the style of cabinet that you prefer, consider not just the look and feel of your kitchen, but also of the rest of your home, as you want your kitchen to “flow” and connect with the rest of your space.

5. Consider Your Style

At the end of the day, the durability and functionality of your cabinets can go a long way towards turning your kitchen into your dream space, but ultimately it’s your own style and preferences which will make it truly unique and memorable.

If you’re having trouble settling on the right kind of cabinets for your home, our designers can walk you throughout showroom in order to provide you with real-life examples of your options, so get in touch.