How To Choose Kitchen Cabinets

April 12, 2017

A good chunk of the kitchen is literally made of the kitchen cabinets – they’re the figurative ‘face’ of every kitchen design. Although the very anthropometry of the cabinet section is universal, there are too many aspects that can be tweaked to get a quirky, customized feel to them. You should also know that when it comes to a kitchen remodel, it is the cabinets that will take up the bulk of you allocated budget; so choose wisely when it comes to revamping the very facade of your kitchen aesthetic.

There are quite a few things to consider when you take on the kitchen remodel, but cabinet design should be your main focus, for it is the very keystone of the overall design. Of course you will judge and match everything according to the bulkiest of the design commodity in the kitchen; which means the countertops, the backsplash and the lighting all need to be selected and designed in tandem with the cabinet design. There are quite a few things to consider when it comes to making such a solid investment, and you need to know the basics before you dive head-first into the deep end. Let’s take a look at all the what-to-do’s according to priority.

1. Refurbish or tear down

The very first thing you must consider while taking on a kitchen remodel is; are the cabinets in working order? Are they sturdy enough to clear through, until the next remodel? If yes, then the only thing you need to do is freshen up the overall outlook – maybe a fresh coat of paint, or if you want to go the extra mile then even change the accessories – but the overall structure, formation and physique remains pretty much the same. This can knock down a chunk from your allocated budget.

On the other hand, if you feel like the existing cabinetry is seriously out of shape – deteriorating in quality, deficient in working and falling apart, then by all means go ahead and strip them down, then have the contractors put up newer ones. Professionals agree that more than sixty-percent of the overall budget of new cabinetry comes from the door design, so if you’re going new, then there’s the added bonus of exploring new designs and customized interior options.

2. To customize or to standardize?

If you have decided on new going for a new cabinet set up, then the next phase would include choosing whether to customize the interior or not. Going custom means that you have the dimensions of the cabinet interior designed specifically for your utensils and organization. It means using the otherwise redundant nooks and crannies and utilizing them by creating customized drawers and kitchen cabinets that have been set up according to the anthropometry of your kitchen accessories.

Going standard, on the other hand means that you choose ‘stock cabinets.’ These are prefabricated and are the least expensive of all cabinet design options. Designers all over the world agree that the standardized formation of the stock cabinets does nothing to hinder the functionality. They are available in various sizes, and the quality ones are even made up of solid wood.

3. Style and Build

This is the fun part; you get to take part in the actual design process of the cabinet door-leafs and its interior. There are two ways you can go about choosing the style – either go with the traditional ‘framed’ kitchen cabinets, or the European style ‘frameless’ cabinets. Both have some very distinctive and particular aesthetics. While the framed cabinet has a literal base frame that the door closes against, the frameless cabinet style offers an open access to the cabinet interior, without the hindrance of the frame. Both of these options are viable, and the choice clearly depends on the kind of style you want to go for – traditional or contemporary.

4. Accessorizing, matching and hardware

Accessorizing includes careful implementation of all functional entities within the cabinet interiors. In layman terms, it includes designing designated spaces for all kitchen utensils – be it pots, pans, cutlery or even china. Other items can include hardware, such as hinges, handles and knobs that play out well with the overall aesthetic of the kitchen cabinets style.

As for matching, this is where you use the cabinet style, color and material palate as literal bases for selecting the accompanying backsplash and countertops. After all, everything needs to be complementary in order to get the perfect big picture.


As the very profile of your kitchen, the selection of the kitchen cabinets has to be especially astute, but also excellent in function. We hope this article helps you make a better, more informed decision while planning out your kitchen remodel.

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