How to Buy the Right Kitchen Cabinets

By administrator On January 27th, 2009

If you are informed on the right type of kitchen cabinets best suited to your kitchen remodeling needs as well as your budget, then you stand a good chance of getting the remodeling done fast and economically.

Once you decide to remodel your kitchen, your focus should be on the twin elements of functionality and design. Cabinets perform the function of storage. In kitchens, they hold pots, pans, utensils and sundry items of use in a kitchen.

Kitchen cabinets are made from many materials such as hardwood and laminate and come in dozens of finishes, different storage capacities, door types, etc. The price of a cabinet depends upon these factors.

Depending upon your tastes and space available in the kitchen, you can consider ready-to-assemble cabinets or have a carpenter prepare them for you in front of your eyes.

Two main design types that are present in the market are frame- and frameless-cabinets. Framed cabinets have a frame around them made from hardwood. Framed cabinets are durable. Frameless cabinets, also known as European style cabinets, offer more versatility in terms of storage options, design, and for covering with materials such as wood veneer and plastic laminates. If you’re going for a ready-to-assemble cabinet, chances are that it will be a frameless cabinet.

Consider the size, what’s the most appropriate-sized base- or wall-cabinet for your kitchen. Usually cabinet manufacturers offer cabinets that start at 9” and go on to 48” in 3” increments. The heights can be up to 24” for over sinks and stoves type cabinets and up to 36” for above-counter type cabinets.

Since you are paying to install a quality product, learn where to look for signs that the manufacturer has compromised on quality. The kitchen cabinet drawers are a good place to start with; check them for the quality of what’s inside and how well the joints have been made. Extend them completely to see if there are any mismatched woods used. The drawers should extend smoothly, for this they need to be run on good-quality ball bearings and not cheap plastic runners.

Also check the cabinet doors. They should swing open smoothly and the hinges should be steady. Remember that for most cabinets you will be paying upfront so any defects or shortcomings in workmanship.

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