One of the important furniture for any kitchen is cabinets. But, it is a task to choose the perfect cabinet which meets all your requirements. Here is a guide to help you know more about cabinets to decide what to buy.
- Be precise in the budget
Kitchen cabinets cost almost 40% to 50% of the total project cost. Cabinets contribute majorly in the makeover of kitchen interiors. Hence, it is strongly suggested to set aside a fixed budget for cabinets alone.
- Take preliminary measurements
First and foremost, you should decide where exactly to fit the cabinets. Once you decide on the space, take measurements all by yourself or with the help of a professional. Every salesman or the kitchen store will ask for this basic measurement. This also helps you to get precise estimates and ideas about the project.
- Know the different types of cabinets
There are three kinds of cabinets: Semi-Custom cabinets, Stock cabinets, and Custom Cabinets.
Semi-Custom cabinets – are nothing but stock cabinets which allow some alterations. These cabinets allow change of certain dimensions like increasing cabinet depth or resizing drawers and door fronts. Semi-custom is one of the best cabinets when compared to the other two – as it comes at the most affordable price with some custom modifications.
Stock Cabinets – are the cheapest of all. They are pre-manufactured and readily available. They are feigned in huge numbers based on a standard size, shape and limited styles of wood. Stock Cabinets are sold mostly in modular units and hence, no customisation is possible. However, affordable price and fast delivery make it the most preferred cabinets for many people.
Custom cabinets – are fully customised as per your specifications. However, these cabinets are costlier and demand intensive labour work. You need the assistance of a well-skilled carpenter to meet your expectations. It usually takes a week to few months for completing custom cabinets.
- Decide the quality wisely
Invest in cabinets – depending on the house you are staying in is crucial. If you are going to stay in a house for a shorter period – you can simply select the basic style of stock cabinets. If you are building your dream kitchen and want the perfect interiors – you can go for top quality cabinets. Some of the things to keep in mind are – solid frames, door frames, doors, drawer fronts, closed backs and reinforced corners. Doors and drawers will be opened frequently and hence, should work quietly and smoothly. The wood finish can be stained, painted or laminated with different colours. Most importantly cabinets intended for longer use should assure durability and reliability.
- Finish off with a suitable style
If you are taking the assistance of an interior designer, choosing the right style for your home can be easier. But, if you are selecting the style all by yourself – you could look into magazines, visit modular kitchen stores or check online. This can give you a clear idea of the best cabinets suitable for your home. Do not forget to choose cabinets to complement the architecture and interior design of your home.