Frank Shirley Architects, Boston.
Whether you're building a new home or upgrading the one you already own, ordering custom cabinetry for your kitchen is a crucial step. The kitchen cabinets you choose set the tone for the rest of your kitchen - and your house.
Below are eight tips for ordering custom cabinetry for your kitchen.
Set Your Budget
Since kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest expenses you will incur when designing your new kitchen, it's important to set a budget before you start shopping. Allow a little wiggle room in your budget for unplanned expenses, but it's important to set a budget that is realistic and reachable.
Once you've set your budget, stick to it. Make wise financial choices along the way.
Measure Your Space - Twice
Use grid paper to draw an outline of your space. Then measure and show the following items:
- the length of your walls
- any fixtures - such as plumbing, electrical outlets, wall switches, phone jacks, or HVAC vents
- location and dimensions of appliances
- doors or windows
- anything that is staying in place, such as counters, islands, or wet bars.
Measure again to ensure accuracy. Remember, it's better to measure twice and cut once, than to measure once and cut twice.
There are many options available when choosing custom kitchen cabinets. Prioritize which ones are important to you, then decide which ones you are willing to pay extra for. Some examples are:
- pull-out shelves
- wine racks
- vertical dividers for muffin pans and cookie sheets
- lazy Susan corner cabinets
- adjustable shelves
- glass panels for display
The style of your cabinets should blend well with the rest of your decor. Cabinets can make a bold statement on their own or remain neutral and in the background. A few style ideas to consider are:
- modern, contemporary, or traditional
- knobs, handles, or drawer pulls
- face-framed or frameless doors
Decide what first impression you want guests to have when they enter your kitchen. Different stains, finishes, and paints can make the same basic cabinets look completely different.
- stained - if you opted for a lower-price wood, staining them with a dark finish can give your cabinets a more expensive look; medium and light stains work well in a casual kitchen
- painted - if you're crafty, you can choose to paint the cabinets yourself, using a variety of finishing options such as antiqued, glazed, or distressed
Shop with a Friend
If you have a trustworthy friend who understands your style, take that person along when you go shopping for your cabinets. Your friend can help you make important decisions and keep you from making mistakes.
During the Remodel
Plan ahead for how you'll live during your remodel, when you may not have access to your stove or oven, or even your kitchen sink. Designate a separate area of your house to cook. Set up small appliances such as a coffee maker, microwave, crock pot, pressure cooker, or toaster oven. If you choose to dine out during the entire process, include that extra expense in your budget.
Take Your Time
Last but not least, take your time. Rushing into a decision will leave you with cabinets you regret purchasing and a kitchen you don't love to use. You need to choose the cabinets that are the best fit for you, even if it takes a little more time than you planned. Having no cabinets at all is better than having the wrong cabinets.
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