One of the most important aspects of any kitchen remodel is the cabinetry. While this step might seem purely cosmetic, the beauty of quality kitchen cabinets goes more than skin deep. Not only can new kitchen cabinets change the look of a room, they also offer an opportunity to make your kitchen fully functional and beautifully organized.
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), replacing your kitchen cabinets is the largest expense in a kitchen remodel and can claim approximately 30% of your budget, so it’s important to enter this stage of the remodel armed with as much information as possible. A good designer, such as the kind you’ll find at Kitchen and Bath Design Studio, can help you discover what’s best for your home. To give you a taste of this process, we’ve collected a few of the most important questions you’ll need to answer before embarking on your adventure.
1. Are the cabinets I’m considering high quality? There are a few telltale signs that will reveal a cabinet’s worth. In superior cabinets, the drawer front is independent from the drawer. The interiors of the doors are finished, not just the exteriors. And all cuts are incredibly exact and precise, down to one-thousandth of an inch. While some of these features can be hard to spot with an untrained eye, they make a huge difference in how your cabinetry ages over time.
2. What kind of joints do the drawers use? If you want to make sure your drawers are secure and durable, the fine craftsmanship found in dovetail joints are a must. In this kind of construction, two boards are joined together at right angles via v-shaped cutouts, which create tabs on either side. The cutouts and tabs are connected with alternating cutouts and tabs on the adjoining boards, resulting in an extremely solid, tight fit.
3. What color cabinets should I purchase? The answer to this question depends on a few factors, including the mood you want to strike in your kitchen, the overall style of your home, and the size of the space. In general, light-colored woods, such as oak and maple, will make a kitchen seem brighter and larger. Darker woods like mahogany and cherry (the Rustic Cherry by Haas Cabinets is one of our favorites) create a more dramatic, furniture-like effect. Make sure your kitchen cabinets reflect the rest of your home’s aesthetic for a unified, cohesive look that flows from room to room.
4. What’s the best way to use the space I have? Some homeowners tend to replace old cabinets door for door and drawer for drawer, rather than re-imagining the space entirely. A kitchen remodel is an opportunity to think about your needs, evaluate your space, and create a kitchen that is truly customized for your lifestyle. For example, the Bria Cabinetry from Durasupreme offers an impressive array of styling options. Don’t be afraid to break the mold, especially at this stage in the process.
5. What material are the cabinets made from? Cabinets come in many different materials and, as with most things, you get what you pay for. For a durable and long lasting cabinet, we recommend plywood construction or hardwood. These materials will provide a strong foundation that will keep your entire cabinet system stable and strong.
6. Do the kitchen cabinets come with, at minimum, a one-year warranty? If a manufacturer isn’t willing to back their product, proceed with caution! You should also be aware that warranties usually cover defects in the product, not damage sustained through regular use, accidents, or natural wear-and-tear. Cabico, one of our preferred vendors, offers a lifetime warranty, which is the one of the best in the business, and definitely something to consider.
7. Should I have my kitchen cabinets professionally installed? Improper installation not only puts the beauty and durability of your cabinets at risk, but it also compromises the safety of all who live in your home. This is not the time to cut corners. Let an expert do the job, while you sit back and enjoy the lovely new view.
We hope this list of questions has inspired you to think about your kitchen cabinets in a new way. If you’d like to keep those gears turning, call Kitchen and Bath Design Studio today!