There are a lot of things to consider when you plan to give your kitchen a makeover. One of the essential parts is the right kitchen cabinet. You might have seen plenty of eye-catching furniture on the net, but the bigger the choice is – the harder it is to make the decision.
The purpose of this article is to help your remodeling experience become easy, cheap, and pleasant. We know how complicated it can be, but if you follow all the handy tips below, there will be no stress left for you.
Why Are Cabinets So Important?
Your future cabinet is not only a part of the overall kitchen style but a functional tool as well. This feature should be kept in mind all the time while deciding on the perfect item. How much food are you going to store? How many utensils will you have to keep? Finally, how big is your kitchen? All those questions can help you choose an ideal cabinet.
Now, let’s delve into the 7 tips on how to decide on the perfect kitchen cabinet!
1. Consider Your Previous Experience
Remember that you are remodeling your kitchen. Try to recall all the inconveniences you faced while using your old cabinet. What if you replace some drawers from their usual position under shelves and put them under your countertops? This easy change can become quite beneficial for you.
Slamming doors or drawers is another thing you may have found irritating and desired to get rid of. Fortunately, now there is no trouble finding a cabinet with soft close hinges. Doors of such cabinets close smoothly and silently, which is also perfect if you live together with noisy neighbors or children.
Write down all the drawbacks you manage to recollect and share them with A+ Construction & Remodeling. They will help you find the best solutions to your problems!
2. Organize Your Kitchen Properly
Cooking requires using several tools and reacting fast. That’s why it is better to separate all the useful items into particular groups and keep them close to each other, so you can always be sure of their location. You don’t want to interrupt your cooking process because you urgently need to find a knife at the other end of the countertops, do you? Try using utensil dividers to keep different types of tools in one place and at the same time separately from each other.
Another thing is an appliance garage. Here you can store all the appliances you often use but which are out of use for some reason. An appliance garage is a pull-up cabinet installed on top of the countertops, which also helps your kitchen look neat. It is perfect for those who love minimalism!
You can choose from a variety of ways to organize and tailor your kitchen! For example, a spice rack is ideal to keep all your favorite spices and seasonings together. Also, a pull-out trash can will help you to get rid of the trash without any difficulty and discomfort because it remains hidden and doesn’t let unpleasant odors fill the air.
All in all, organizing is as important as appearance because this is what makes you satisfied with the cooking process.
3. Custom or Ready Made?
The easiest way to pick a perfect kitchen cabinet with almost no effort is by contacting a qualified kitchen design company, which will do all the work for you. You won’t have to worry about the metrics, the blueprint, and how to make the cabinets fit perfectly to the walls of your kitchen. A firm will take responsibility for making perfect countertops, appliance garages, pull-out trash cans, and drawers.
The drawback is, surely, the prices. Tailored cabinets cost approximately $500 per linear foot, whereas prices for cabinets in stock are much cheaper – around $70 per linear foot. The compromise is semi-custom cabinets with stock door styles and colors, which are tailored to fit your kitchen perfectly.
Providing you have enough budget, you can call the A+ Construction & Remodeling company to find out more about such options.
4. Make the Most of Every Inch
It is not so hard to maximize all the room in your kitchen and if you do so, your cooking experience may become much more efficient than it is now! Here are some hints on how a proper cabinet can make your life easier, especially if you have a smaller apartment and kitchen cabinetry itself.
For instance, you can install kitchen drawers instead of a cabinet, which can take the place of potential storage due to its size (3 feet high, as a rule). By using drawers, you can stack plenty of appliances, tools, and utensils vertically on several levels. Therefore, you can save plenty of horizontal space to use it to the full. Still, you should keep in mind that an average drawer may cost more than a cabinet.
Don’t forget about both wall and base cabinets and fiberboard shelves! They don’t obstruct the countertops space and add some more space for storage.
Finally, a kitchen island is a nice means of maximizing the room. You can use it both as a table if you have some bar stools, or as a cabinet. This way, there will be no need to worry about purchasing new appliances without getting rid of the old ones – there will be enough space for all of them.
5. Nor Too Classical, Nor Too Trendy
A kitchen cabinet probably draws the most attention in your kitchen. It is quite huge and fills plenty of space. That’s why it is crucial to make sure that its style suits your taste as well as the overall design of the kitchen.
The desire to choose a cabinet of a cutting-edge design may end up in having an old-fashioned piece of furniture in a couple of years. If you pick a cabinet with a fully glossy coating in a minimalistic style and with the use of a single color, you risk getting bored soon. Fashion is changing rapidly, don’t forget about it. At the same time, selecting a completely traditional design with wooden cabinets with carving can be quite blunt as well.
For those of you, who struggle with deciding between the old and the new, there is a special design to pay attention to. It is called transitional, and it combines the features of both modern and traditional styles. Have you thought of a wooden cabinet colored in white? Such furniture is unlikely to be out of fashion. Even if you plan to lease or sell your lodgings in the future, a transitional cabinet will most possibly suit the taste of your future renter or buyer.
6. How Should The Cabinet Door Look Like?
Doors from the general style and appearance of the cabinet, so deciding on them is crucial. To start with, prices may dictate your choice to an extent. When the price segment is clear, try to pick the style of the door.
Wooden doors with carvings of a classical style can make you recall good times spent in a cottage and, therefore, cause tender and warm feelings. At the same time, minimalistic bright design, which is in fashion right now, helps you feel calm and concentrate on other places in the kitchen. Doors in transitional style are usually made of wood, mono-colored, and have no prints or bright accents.
If you are not a fan of minimalism, try considering cabinets with glass doors. They are convenient and practical because they let you easily see all your dishes, plates, and other kitchenware.
Sometimes it is better to visit a store to take a look at samples. There, you can touch them and make sure the material feels right and suits your taste perfectly. Don’t hesitate to take some snaps to look at them once again at home!
7. The Surface: Glossy or Matte?
The finish is as important as the colors of your furniture. Talking about fashionable designs, the most commonly used cover nowadays is sleek and glossy. Cabinets of more traditional designs are made of fine hardwood and particle board. Finally, the transitional style offers cabinets with lacquer and matte paint finishes, suiting the tastes of the followers of both old and new styles.
Let’s take a look at some drawbacks of all the finishes mentioned above. Glossy and lacquer coverings sometimes make the doors of a cabinet a bit gaudy, whereas doors with a matte finish may seem drab, regardless of the color. However, a glossy surface is the easiest to clean among all the others.
If you tend to clean your cooking space oftentimes, take a look at drawers and cabinets made of stainless steel. They are easy to clean, though they might look a bit like in a restaurant kitchen.
It turns out that choosing a kitchen cabinet is not that hard, right? Anyway, if you’re not sure about your decision or have some other troubles, feel free to contact A+ Construction & Remodeling for help!