When you are deciding to re-do your kitchen cabinets, there are some major considerations to think about before choosing your style. Cabinetry is one of the larger investments in a home, so it must be done right. There are some major things to consider before you choose your cabinets. Knowing what look for and what you need is the main key, but there are some other points to consider as well.
If you hate the way they look, but your existing cabinets are in good condition, there may be parts of them that you can save, and save money in the long run. You might simply need to replace the surface and doors of the cabinets. This is less costly and is an easier way to give your kitchen a whole new look. You might even be able to replace doors with glass doors or simply remove the doors for a set of floating shelves for open style storage.
Check Your Budget
When re-doing an entire kitchen, you will need to spend money on other things in the room besides the cabinetry. It is important to add up all of your other needs in order to get an idea about what you can spend on cabinets. This will also give you an idea on what types of cabinets to shop for.
Look at the amount of storage space you have and how much you will need with your new cabinets. Consider how much you’ll need for the upper cabinets and the lower cabinets as well. Think through your needs before you pick something out.
Consider any awkwardly places appliances and windows in your kitchen. You may need to move things around to accommodate your cabinetry needs. Also, consider pantries, utility closets and HVAC systems that may be an obstacle.
Changes to the Layout
You may need to switch around some appliances in your kitchen before deciding on your cabinets. Look at the layout and decide of you need to make some changes first. Windows can be added, lighting fixtures and additional appliances as well. Make sure you have your room like you want it before deciding on cabinetry.
Decide on the Look
As you redo your kitchen, you can choose a new look for the room. You can choose modern, rustic, comfortable, or any other vision that you see for the heart of your home. Get a picture in your head as to what you want your new cabinetry to look like before you make any final decisions.
Open and Closed Storage
Decide on whether you prefer floating shelves and open cabinets or cabinets with doors. Open cabinets can break up the row of cabinets and can add beauty visually to your cabinetry. Open cabinets are also less expensive. If you are fond of your dishes and can keep them neat and organized, open cabinets are a great option.
Painted or Stained
Once you have your style figured out, decide on whether you will have your cabinets painted or stained. When staining, the wood must be higher quality that can easily be stained. When paining, you will be hiding the wood underneath, so you can most likely use a lower cost wood and spend more on your paint and glaze.
Another choice you must make when choosing cabinets is whether you prefer inset, full overlay or partial overlay. This is simply a matter of preference, but it will change the look of your cabinetry.
Ease and Organization
There are many different “bells and whistles” that can be added to your cabinetry to make your kitchen easier to maneuver around in and can also keep it more organized. The lazy Susan, pull-out shelves, pull-out trashcans, baking sheet racks and soft closed drawers are some easy upgrades to add to your cabinetry to make it more livable.
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