There are some most important things you should know before you buy cabinets for your new kitchen. This guide can also help you in on the basics of buying cabinets, including budget, size, style, construction and finish. These all should be considered before you make a final decision to buy. The process is not so hard and actually had a lot of fun, but there is a lot that you don’t know about buying kitchen cabinets that you could have pepped for to make the process more efficient. In this paragraph I am going to share the process with you along thorough list of questions that you need to be ready to answer, in hopes that this information will save you some time in the store and make the process of buying new kitchen cabinets a lot less intimidating!
BUDGET:Cabinets account for 40% – 50% of the total cost of your kitchen remodelling project, so setting your total budget figure will be the first thing you will need to do. You should keep in mind that this decision will do not let you scarce you off. The cabinets you select will set the tone for your new kitchen and plays a very major role in transforming your space. Usually, the sales person will put all the information and give you a final estimate for the cabinet and the countertop order. If you are confident that everything is accurate then you can go ahead and move forward with your order. Before you finalize your order, make sure you ask about any sales or upcoming promotions. Many a time the companies offer sales on different types of cabinetry or countertops and these sales could save you up to a few thousand dollars.
QUALITY: If you want to have a “Dream kitchen” you should look for the top – quality construction. If you will live in the home for a short time then you may select a basic style of the kitchen cabinets. For having a dream kitchen in your home then the cabinets should have a solid frames, door and drawer fronts, reinforced corners, and closed backs. Drawers and doors of the cabinets will be opened and closed many times a day and should operate smoothly and quietly. The finishing on the wood should be smooth.
DECORATING STYLE:Stock cabinets come in a very limited number of styles, whereas semi – custom and custom cabinets offer more choices. You should also look in the magazines and stores to find what look you like. You can select a style that blends well with the architecture of your home as well as the interior design of other rooms. You can also select from natural wood that finishes in various colours and wood, painted or stained or laminate finishes.
- What colour do you want at your countertops to be?
- What material do you want your countertops to be?
- What style of edging will the edge of your counter have?
- Do you want the counter to fold up onto the wall a bit which is also known as a backsplash not the tile kind or not?
MEASURE YOUR SPACE:Before you even enter wherever you are headed to buy cabinets, you need to make sure you have exact measurements of your current kitchen with you. Most of the places also offer services where they can plug in your dimensions and help draw up a plan of what cabinets you should purchase. But without the measurements it is hard to get started in creating an accurate plan. With the preliminary measurements in hand you will be able to give more accurate information to the salesman at the home centre or kitchen store, and you will able to get more precise estimates and ideas for your project. You will eventually want a professional to come to your home and look at your space and should measure your area and think about where you might want the new cabinets to fit.
STOCK, SEMI – CUSTOM, OR CUSTOM:The stock cabinets are least expensive, which are constructed in shapes and sizes, and are available in a very limited number of woods or styles. Semi- custom cabinets are factory – built in standard sizes, with many options for storage, design and style. The high end of cabinet construction is custom cabinets. They are constructed in either a workroom to designer specifications or on- site in any style and finish.
OPTIONS:Stock cabinets also offer few options which are beyond drawers and cupboards. But semi-custom cabinets provide endless solutions to your storage needs. If you have a space too narrow for a cabinet and counter, a tall pantry closet provides lots of space, either for pots and pans in the kitchen.
What Should You Expect?
Here is what to expect when going cabinet shopping or wherever you choose to purchase your cabinets. You will meet with a consultant and talk about your plans and vision for your kitchen. Usually the salesperson will show you around the showroom to view the different cabinet options, countertops, and hardware selections. They may also show some “extra” available or some upgrades that the company offers.
What Should You Bring To The Store?
So before you even enter wherever you’re headed to buy cabinets, you need to make sure you have exact measurements of your current kitchen with you. Most places offer services where they can plug in your dimensions and help draw up a plan of what cabinets you should purchase. But without the measurements, it’s hard to get started in creating an accurate plan.
If you don’t trust yourself to capture these exact measurements, most stores offer a free measurement if you agree to buy their cabinets. This is a great perk and should be done well in advance of the date you want to start ordering the cabinets.
The next thing you’ll want to know the day you set out to order your cabinets is the layout of your new kitchen. If you want help laying out a new design in your kitchen, many places can offer this service but most likely that process will be done far before it’s time to order the cabinets.
Here are the questions I encourage you to think about before you go…
Kitchen Cabinets Questions
- Do you want stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, or custom cabinets? (this will impact price and timeline)
- What are the sizes of your appliances?
- What is the size of your sink? (mostly for under-the-sink cabinet)
- Do you want your cabinets stained or painted?
- What cabinet colour do you want? (literally, which specific paint colour or stain if you’re getting custom cabinets)
- Do you want the upper cabinets to match the lower cabinets?
- What design do you want on the front of the cabinet doors?
- Do you want any of the cabinets to have a different style front? (i.e. glass fronts, frosted fronts)
- What quality wood do you want the cabinets to be?
- What hardware colour do you want?
- What hardware style do you want?
- Do you want the hardware on all of your cabinets to match?
- How deep do you want your cabinets? (Getting cabinets less than standard will cost extra money)
- How tall do you need the upper cabinets to be? (Based on ceiling height)
- Do you want the cabinets to go all the way to the top of the ceiling or do you want them to end lower? If so, how much lower?
- What type of crown moulding or trim will you use on the top of the cabinets?
- Do you need any vents running under the cabinets and out the kick plate?
- Will there be any outlets in the cabinets? (Important to think about if you have a hidden microwave or want to hide other appliances)
- Would you prefer more cabinets or more drawers?
- Do you want to substitute the cabinets for drawers?
- What type of lighting do you want under the cabinets?
- What colour do you want your countertops to be?
- What material do you want your countertops to be? (important for maintenance and price point)
- What style of edging will the edge of your counter have?
- Do you want the counter to fold up onto the wall a bit (also known as a backsplash… not the tile kind) or no?
Other Questions to Consider
- When do you want the cabinets/countertops by?
- Do you need installation included in this order?
- Do you want a touch-up kit for your cabinets?
- Do you want any “extras” in the cabinets or drawers? (i.e. built-in organizers) there are SO many personalized options!
- Do you need pull out shelves? Wine racks? Spice drawers? Knife drawers? Kauri drawers!? A built-in garbage disposal?
But before you go, I do want to remind you that shopping for cabinets is fun,so embrace this exciting time! New cabinets don’t happen very often, why not make the most of it? And hopefully, this post will help prepare you so that the process is even smoother than you are expecting.