Top 5 reasons to take time considering your cabinets

A big part of your kitchen remodel will be your cabinets. They can span the length of your kitchen and provide much-needed storage solutions. You will have tons of decisions to make when planning out your design, but don’t gloss over your cabinet choices. They are one of the most used items in your kitchen! Here are five tips to keep in mind when looking at cabinets.

1. Set up a cabinet budget

Kitchen cabinets take up a lot of real estate in your new kitchen remodel and will need a big part of the budget as well. Your cabinets take a beating from constantly being opened and closed to little hands (and feet) climbing on them. You will want to put aside about 40-50% of your remodelling budget for your cabinets. A good cabinet budget will allow you to get a nice product that will last longer and not show wear and tear in the first few years.

2. Choose a cabinet style that flows with the rest of the home

We are all guilty of falling in love with luxurious remodels that seem like they came straight out of a storybook, but make sure that the cabinet style you choose flows with the rest of the home. You will have many styles to pick from, but make sure your kitchen doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb from the rest of your home. Before diving into your kitchen designing, take a step back and note on the look of the rest of your home.

3. You have a choice in your cabinet quality

There is more to a cabinet than just the pretty finished fronts. Your cabinet is made up of a box and door fronts and frames. A good cabinet will have a solid frame with reinforced corners and a closed back. These options will give your cabinet structure and will keep it from sinking in or showing premature wear inside the cabinet space. Many people will cut corners in the cabinet budget by buying attractive fronts and opting for a cheap frame and end up paying the price for it later.

4. Measure twice, cut once when it comes to cabinets

The hardest part about cabinet buying is that you will have to buy the cabinets before you can see the finished product. That means you better measure twice before placing your cabinet order. Nothing is worse than getting your newly finished cabinets delivered and finding out that you didn’t leave enough room for your refrigerator. It is hard to make cabinets seamlessly work if you are cutting pieces off and trying to make others fit together. Are you thinking about buying a new oven for your kitchen? Choose it first and then order the cabinets. It will save you tons of stress later!

5. Look closely before you buy your cabinet hardware

So you opted for the best frame and the highest quality fronts, but did you look at the fixtures? Your cabinets will be open and closed and pulled on thousands of times in its lifetime so make sure to spend some time choosing good hardware. Look for name brands that have been around awhile and ask about lifetime warranties for your fixtures. A new kitchen should serve you years into the future.
No matter what style of cabinet you choose, we can all agree that longevity and good quality will be an important feature. Always do your research to see what others have said about the products you are considering and remember- this is your kitchen, and faithful cabinets should matter more than low price.

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