Cabinets are a huge part of a kitchen remodel. They’re huge because they take up a lot of space in a kitchen, they are a significant portion of your budget and you use them every day. Therefore, they deserve careful consideration. You want to be happy with what you choose and you want them to last, but you don’t want to break the bank. What should you look for in kitchen cabinets? Read on to find out.
Look at Your Budget
Money is usually a consideration in any project, unless you are a Kardashian. When updating your kitchen cabinets, ask yourself if you want new ones or ones that look nice, because these are not always the same. If you have some dated ’80s cabinets made of veneer glued onto particleboard, you should look at new cabinets. The corners may be peeling, the screws may have come loose and can no longer be tightened, and if they ever got wet, they may be buckled.
Stock or Custom
When you’re getting new, you have to choose among stock, custom or semi-custom. Stock is, of course, cheapest. It’s like buying off the rack, but for your kitchen. This is good for homeowners who are confident in their ability to add their special touch to a room to make it fabulous without spending a ton of money. Semi-custom costs more, but you get to choose from more configurations, so you may be able to use your space better with these. You may also get more color choices, so the odds of your cabinets being the same as lots of others on your block are lower. Custom allows you to create exactly what you want, and you pay for this privilege.
Revitalize the Old
If you have original cabinets actually made of wood in your older home, you may want to fix these up instead. Real wood can be sanded down and re-stained or painted. If you’re going for a rustic or farmhouse-type look, painting can be the perfect solution. You may also want to consider re-facing — a process in which new fronts are added to existing cabinets.
Fun — But Expensive — Features
One more important consideration is extra features. These can be great — if you will use them. Otherwise, they’re a waste of money. And speaking of waste, those glide-out trash bins are convenient and they keep the trash out of sight, but how much trash really fits in them? Will you have to empty it twice a day? How about spring-loaded shelves? They are absolutely impressive, but if you only use your stand mixer at Christmas, they might not be worth the extra money.
When you’re ready to do a kitchen remodel, call the experts at Falk Construction. They have done hundreds of kitchen remodels in and around the Ogden, Utah, area. They can help you decide what types of cabinets would work best in your new kitchen.