Kitchen cabinets cover the largest areas in any kitchen. So not only do they hold appliances, utensils, and all other kitchen items, they’re also responsible of how a kitchen looks. Also, your kitchen cabinets will determine how your island can look like, if you’ve ever decided to use one. You should also know that your kitchen cabinets will probably account for half of the total cost of your kitchen renovation project.
In order to be a smart shopper when it comes to choosing your kitchen cabinets, there are some things you need to know. For instance, what kind of cabinet doors you need in your kitchen? Do your prefer swing, flip-up, corner, or pocket doors? Or a nice mix of all of these? There are also flat panel cabinets, raised panel cabinets, and shaker cabinets. Each of these suits different kitchen styles.
Keep in mind that high quality kitchen cabinets should not be inexpensive. If you settle for cheap kitchen cabinets, chances are you’ll end up replacing it after a one year maximum. On the other hand, high quality kitchen cabinets can outlast your kitchen floor, countertops, and appliances. That is a good investment.
If you’re on a budget though, there are a variety of affordable options you can choose from. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, you can go for knock-down kitchen cabinets. They’re incredibly affordable and by installing them yourself, you’ll save a lot of money. Also, stock kitchen cabinets can be a perfect choice if you’re on a tight budget. They’re mass produced so you’re expected to find a limited selection of sizes, styles, and finishes.
If you want more variety on sizes, styles and finishes, custom kitchen cabinets are your best bet. They’re the most expensive type as they’re specially made according to your specifications, so you’ll most likely end up with a cabinetry set that suits your lifestyle and all your needs and requirements.
If this option is somehow much bigger than your budget but you still want to add your personal touch in your kitchen. Go for a hybrid approach and choose some stock kitchen cabinets while asking your cabinetmaker to customize the rest of cabinets to meet your needs. This approach is actually very popular and can look quite wonderful by the end.