Tips for Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinets this 2021

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If you’re renovating your kitchen this 2021, then never forget to include remodeling your kitchen base and wall-hung cabinets. Why? Kitchen cabinets will influence the layout, aesthetics, and functionality of your cooking station.

Will choosing the right cabinets be easy? You will love viewing different styles, materials, and sizes of kitchen storage cabinets, yet it will never be a walk in the park because of the many things you need to consider. 

Knowing this situation, we are writing this read to help you find the most suitable prefab or custom kitchen cabinets available in the market. In case you need a free quote or design for your future kitchen cabinets, feel free to call our office or use our cost calculator.

#1 Consider Your New Kitchen Layout

Before starting your kitchen remodeling, be sure to account for the size of your future wall-hung and base modern kitchen cabinets. Concerning kitchen cabinet dimension, some factors affecting it include your sink, cooktop, microwave, oven, and other items to be placed on top.

Whether you want a galley, L-shaped, or U-shaped kitchen layout, be sure to consult your contractor for installing new cabinets inside your home. 

#2 Don’t Forget About Storage

Besides considering the design, you must never forget the storage function of your kitchen base and wall-mount cabinets. With that, you need to account for your cooking routines and capacity. 

In line with this, here are some standard measurements for your kitchen cabinets.

  • Base cabinets. Height – 34-½”, Deep – 12”,15”, 18”, and 24” (standard)
    • If there’s a countertop, then add 1-½” to make it 36” tall.
  • Wall-hung cabinets. Height – 12”, 15”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 42”    Deep – 12”,15”, 18”,24”
  • Cabinets for kitchen island. 4” deep, 12”-36” tall

#3 Will You Go for A Prefab or Custom Cabinet?

Deciding whether you will opt for a prefab or customized kitchen cabinets will also boil down to your budget, right? If you are on a skinny budget, then prefabs are an excellent choice, yet you’ll compromise with style.

So far, the average price for stock cabinets is between $100 to $300 per linear foot or $200-$650 per unit. 

Meanwhile, if you are looking for long-term investment, then going for customized kitchen cabinets is most ideal. With that, you can seamlessly choose your design and material for your contemporary or rustic cabinets. 

In terms of price, custom cabinets fall between $500 to $1,200 per linear foot. If per unit, then it will range from $500+.

Also, if you want to go for mid-range quality (semi-custom) cabinets, then your budget is around $150-$650 per linear foot. For per-unit pricing, that will be around $250 to $800+.

The best advice will be for you to go to your nearest kitchen cabinet store or give us a call today to ask for a free quote and design. 

#4 Which is Better, Kitchen Drawers, or Cabinets?

Deciding which is better will be a matter of preference and budget since drawers will cost more than cabinets. Both drawers and cabinets can take a contemporary or rustic appearance, yet the former provides a seamless work due to its pull-out mechanism.

Nevertheless, we can fuse these two for a more exciting feature inside your newly finished kitchen. This hybrid feature is most suitable for your kitchen base cabinets.

For your wall-hung cabinets, installing standard shelves will be great where you can store your elegant glassware. Meanwhile, your kitchen base cabinets are good with rollout shelves or pull-out drawers. With that, you can efficiently store your cooking pots and pans inside.

#5 Consider the Appliances You’ll Be Using While Using Your Kitchen

Whether you have a 70 or 200 square foot kitchen, carefully planning for the placement and design of your cabinets is critical for your overall kitchen function.

For instance, if you create a huge kitchen cabinet or drawer, yet you only have a few cutleries and cooking utensils to store, then it is a great mismatch, right? 

If you will be using an Ipad, smartphone, or Android tablet for viewing videos on your recipes, then planning for a charging port station in your cabinetry is essential.

How about if you buy a large gas range for your kitchen? Then, you will need to incorporate that in-between your base kitchen cabinets to achieve a sleek look without consuming too much footprint.

#6 Which Style Are You Choosing? Contemporary, Rustic, or Transitional?

Besides your kitchen countertops, your wall-mount and base cabinets take up a lot of space in your cooking area. With that, selecting the right cabinet style that marries with your overall home decor is the best choice.

For instance, will a rustic kitchen fit with a slab-style cabinet door with white or neutral palettes? Consequently, you need the help of an interior designer to get the right style for your new kitchen cabinets. 

Our designers can help you in this aspect, and we will choose the best cabinet style for your contemporary or classic kitchen remodeling.

#7 What Cabinet Door Style Fits Best?

The front door profiles of your kitchen cabinets are the first thing your guests would notice as they enter your cooking area. Fortunately, you have different choices which include shaker, slab, louvered, high-gloss finish, beaded panels, raised panel, reversed raised panel, flat panel, glass front, and open shelving. 

If you have no solid idea about it, then don’t hesitate to ask for advice from your nearby kitchen and cabinet store. You can also give us a call today, so our personnel can help you understand the pros and cons of each cabinet door profile.

#8 What Finish Do You Want?

The finish on your cabinet doors dictates the transition of your viewer’s eyes from one section to another inside your kitchen. Consequently, choosing the right cabinet finish will make a great impact on its overall harmony with your other kitchen elements.

If you want a modern look, then choosing a slab glossy finish suits well. Meanwhile, if you want a transitional cabinet door style, then you can have either a matte or polished finish.

Meanwhile, if you are not confident in selecting the most appropriate cabinet finish, then talk to our interior designer today.

#9 Choosing the Right Cabinet Hardware

In selecting the right cabinet door handles, hinges, colors, and finish is essential for its aesthetics and function. It serves as one of the main accessories inside your kitchen.

Mismatching your cabinet door style and hardware can take down its overall looks in your remodeling. For instance, your shaker-style looks well with stainless steel tubular hardware, which gives its modern appeal. If you use glass door knobs, then it gets an antique appearance.

Moreover, iron-made cabinet hardware works well for rustic cabinets since its tan brown tones match with your dark or light wood materials.

#10 Child Proof Features and Lighting

To ensure the safety of your children from reaching sharp objects and corrosive kitchen cleaning products, we will install child proof locks to your kitchen base cabinets.

These locks can have various mechanisms like magnetic locks, latch system, or pull-out types. 

On the other hand, you can also consider installing a lighting system underneath your cabinetry. With that, you are boosting its brightness and modern appearance.

Nevertheless, if you still have questions or would like to ask our professionals to help you renovate your kitchen cabinets, then feel free to call us today.

Gold Cabinets and Countertops is your trusted, licensed, and bonded remodeling contractor for these life-changing improvements inside your home.

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