Choosing the correct kitchen cabinets is crucial in defining the look, feel, and function of your kitchen. The look of cabinet doors sets the visual style for the whole room while the placement of doors, drawers, and storage determines how well your kitchen will function for you and your family.
Updating kitchen cabinets is a big decision and the wide selection it can be overwhelming. This guide will help narrow down your choices when choosing new kitchen cabinets that will work best for you and your budget and kitchen design.
Are you thinking about replacing your kitchen cabinets?
First, consider what you want to change about your current kitchen. Does it lack adequate storage or workspace? Does it look old-fashioned or dark? Is there wasted space? Prioritizing your needs will help drive your decision-making process when choosing new cabinets.
Next, consider how long you intend to stay in your home. If you plan on living in your home for decades to come, it’s worth investing more money to make your kitchen work for you. Think about your future needs: will your kitchen still be functional for years to come? Keep in mind that as you age, you lose agility and kitchen storage that is currently hard-to-reach may eventually become inaccessible.
Finally, consider the layout and functionality of the space. Is it easy to prepare, cook and store utensils? Plan for well-lit food preparation areas close to the stove, to make chopping and mixing easier and safer. Think about peeling vegetables or draining pasta and carrying things to and from the stove and sink. The proper placement of cabinets can be detrimental when it comes to cooking and entertaining.
When you take all these things into account, you can develop a clear picture of what you want in your new cabinets making the decision process much easier.
Kitchen cabinet options to increase storage
There are some clever cabinet options that maximize storage space without having to increase the square footage of your kitchen.
Pull-out drawers and cabinets make base cabinet storage more accessible. Pull-out drawers minimize stooping and shuffling through the cupboards and moving things out of the way to get to items stored behind them. Pull-out cabinets are great for storing spices, canned goods, and cleaning supplies in otherwise inaccessible space.
Adding built-in lazy-susans or storage in the door of a blind cabinet helps maximize awkward corner spaces to make them more useful and accessible.
Kitchen cabinet options to improve workflow
A kitchen cabinet remodeling project is the perfect time to rethink the workflow of the kitchen and th e placement of the cabinets.
The way that cabinets and countertops interact with plumbing and appliances determines how efficiently the kitchen will function. For base cabinets, try to allow 18 – 36 inches of space on each side of major appliances. This will create enough room for putting groceries into or taking them out of the fridge, prepping foods, and working with food and dishes around the sink.
The placement of upper and floor-to-ceiling cabinets greatly influences not only the amount of storage available, but also the sense of space and light in the room. Upper cabinet storage is often sacrificed for windows, stove hoods, and expressive backsplashes. But storing dishes and utensils far away from food plating or dish washing areas can be inconvenient.
Kitchen cabinet options to add style
If your goal is to simply make the kitchen look refreshed and updated, replacing cabinet doors and drawer-fronts is often an easy and low-cost solution. There are a wide variety of door options available at nearly every price range. Here are some things to consider when choosing doors and drawer-fronts:
We tend to think of kitchen cabinet doors as being solid wood, but glass door fronts create more space and light in a small kitchen. Consider choosing glass doors to show off pretty dishes. Or, if the inside of your cabinets may be a little more disorganized, consider frosted glass to open up the space without needing as much cleaning and organizing.
If you prefer solid doors, you can choose from a wide array of materials and looks, from natural woods to veneers, plywood, and particle board. There is a material at every price range, whether you want to show off the natural beauty and grain of wood, or paint the cabinets the color of your choosing.
The door style and profile are one of the most visually impactful choices you can make in your kitchen and conveys everything about your decor and taste. Simple slab designs are clean and modern, while cathedral arches can be ornate and decorative. Consider how the door fronts will interact with the rest of the kitchen and with your home décor and try to choose a complementary style. There are options for every taste and budget and even DIY options for revising the style of existing cabinet doors and drawer-fronts.
The color of kitchen cabinets is as important as the color of the walls in any other room of the house. Choose the color of cabinets, countertops, and backsplashes to compliment the space, as well as integrating with the style of the rest of your home.
Door handles and drawer pulls
Door handles and drawer pulls are the final touches to making cabinets look beautiful and work well. Remember that these will be touched a lot; shiny surfaces will show smudges from fingertips and messes, and the shape should be easy to clean. Choose a shape and style that matches the door style and a color that compliments the rest of the kitchen décor.
New Kitchen cabinets will make a huge impact to your kitchen remodel project. Carefully considering each of these options will help you choose quality kitchen cabinets that you will love and make your dream kitchen a great room to live and work in for years to come.