The kitchen cabinet can make or break a kitchen. If you want your kitchen to make a statement, then you need to know how to choose the best cabinets to suit the style and décor of your home. The good thing is it is not difficult to know how to select the right kitchen cabinets. The three tips below provide a guide on getting the right type.
You need to decide on the type of cabinet you want and can afford. The four main types to consider are:
- RTA (Ready-to-Assemble) Units: the name says it all, you but the units in a box and put them together.
- Stock cabinets: These are factory made cabinet that come in standard sizes and colors.
- Custom-built cabinets: these are cabinets that you design or have designed based on what you want. They cost a bit more, but you are getting your dream cabinets.
- Semi-custom cabinets: these standard cabinets with some of your own choices in colors and finishes.
There are a few things that will help decide if a cabinet is a good one. These are:
- The type of material
- The finish
- The knobs and pulls and their finishes
- Types of drawers
- How the kitchen is used
Not everyone uses their kitchen the same way. How the kitchen is used and by whom helps determine the size of the cabinets, as well as the material, finishes, and knobs and pulls. A kitchen that is infrequently used may be mostly for decorative purposes. In this case, there is not as much emphasis on durability and ease of cleaning when selecting cabinets. On the other hand, in a heavily used kitchen strong wood and doors are important since they will need to withstand lots of wear and tear. The knobs and pulls should be sturdy and easy to hold.
The type of door on the cabinet is important; some have a raised designs while others have a recess in the center. Modern types can be a slab that is a flat plain door with no embellishments. If the current design of the home and kitchen is classic, then cabinets made from dark hardwood will help retain that old style elegance. For a more modern style, white cabinets can help give a clean, modern look.
Material and Finishes
There is a lot of variety when it comes to materials and finishes for kitchen cabinets. While solid wood remains popular, you also have lighter wood-based material such as plywood and wood veneers. Most kitchen cabinets are actually made from a combination of solid wood and plywood or veneer. Solid wood such as cherry and oak are normally used for the front of the cabinet.
Storage is also important when deciding on kitchen cabinets, so you need to keep this in mind. More is better, so choose cabinets that can meet your storage needs. Ultimately good kitchen cabinets seamlessly combine functionality with beauty.
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