Wednesday 10 July 2019

Tips Regarding Kitchen Cabinets For Storage Needs | Guest Post

AD | When you are designing your kitchen or re-modelling it, kitchen cabinets form a large part of that project. They are extremely important to the layout, look, and the functioning of your kitchen space. However, these cabinets do not come cheap. Today we will try to give you some key pieces of information about these cabinets that may help you when you set out to revamp the most important room in the house – the kitchen.

Introduction to Kitchen Cabinet Terms and Concepts

Before delving into any other detail, let us inform you about some fundamental kitchen cabinet terms and concepts:

Wall Cabinets | As the name suggests, these cabinets are fixed to the walls of the kitchen so that they hang over the countertop usually.

Base Cabinets | These cabinets stand on the kitchen floor and are as per the layout of the kitchen.

Framed Cabinets | This type of cabinets have a frame around the doors and look very traditional.
Frame-less Cabinets | These have doors close to each other, as well as drawers because of the lack of any cabinet box.

Tips to Buy Kitchen Cabinets

Now that you know about some of the basic terms and concepts, and you are thinking that you should go shopping for kitchen cabinets, here are a few tips that you can use to make your selection:

The Budget | This is, of course, an important aspect of any home construction or improvement project. You can find three types of cabinets in the market: stock, semi-custom, and custom. You can get pre-assembled stock cabinets or ones that you need to assemble yourself. These stock cabinets do not have much range in style and colour. In contrast, the semi-custom and custom cabinets offer many options for you to tailor make them according to your preference. Custom cabinets, of course, cost the maximum, but also have the maximum customisation options possible.

The Cabinet Style | If you have traditional home d├ęcor, you might consider going with the framed kitchen cabinets to match the rest of your house in an old school look. For a more modern and contemporary look, frameless cabinets are the cabinet type you should go for. Frameless cabinets are less rigid because there is no frame, but manufacturers sometimes make up for this by using a box of more thickness.

The Construction | Take a look at how the cabinet maker is building your cabinet. Good quality cabinets will have the following features:
- Solid drawers and dovetail joinery rather than stapled particleboard.
- Fully extended drawer guides rather than integrated rail.
- Solid wood frame doors with plywood or solid wood panel rather than medium density fibreboard panel or veneered particleboard.

The Features | If you are able to accommodate it in your budget, try adding some special features like a pull-out wastebasket and a built-in charging dock. Other features you may consider are a lift cabinet that has a spring-loaded shelf swinging up and out so that you can get to items, like your kitchen appliances, easily.

Reuse Old Kitchen Cabinets | If you are remodelling your kitchen and you already have some old cabinets that are in good condition, why not refinish or repaint them for a new look. You will need to clean these cabinets with a degreasing agent and sandpaper, then apply primer and many top coats. You can also think about adding new features to the existing cabinets to make them more functional and give them an upgrade.

Now that you know about the basics of kitchen cabinets and have a few tips in your kitty, you can go ahead with shopping for those perfect cabinets that will fit right into your dream kitchen.

Written and posted on behalf of Rebecca Morris.

With love, Alisha Valerie. x