Kitchen cabinets are typically the larger built-in furniture usually installed in most kitchens for additional storage of cooking equipment, food, and more often silverware and plates for dinner service. More commonly appliances like ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, and cabinets are all integrated into kitchen cabinet furniture. Most kitchen cabinets are painted a neutral or light color to enhance the appearance of the room while keeping with the general decor of the home.
When purchasing new kitchen cabinets, the first step is to determine the type you want. Many kitchen cabinets have two or more doors, but some have single doors or only one door. The more doors the better for storing larger items that may require moving from one cabinet to another when preparing meals. Single doors are generally considered to be the best when it comes to durability, as well as the ability to match the cabinet doors to the rest of the furniture in the room.
There are several styles available for kitchen cabinets, each with its own unique look and feel. When selecting the kitchen cabinets, homeowners should pay close attention to the materials the cabinets are made from. While countertops and backsplashes are generally made of the same materials for all kitchens, the actual cabinet frames and doors are different. Laminate and painted wood are usually the most common materials for built-in kitchen cabinets, although there are also wood veneers that can be purchased for an additional cost. Countertop and backsplash materials should match because built-in kitchen cabinets are usually attached to the kitchen counter or work surface with screws and not nails, which allow for greater movement of the cabinet frame when painting or staining it.
Another aspect to consider in kitchen cabinets is the type of finish that is used on them. With the wide array of choices in ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets, homeowners may find themselves unsure of what type of finish will look best in their particular kitchen cabinets. While using a consistent color for the entire cabinet is more than possible, it may not be possible to achieve this on every cabinet, so some homeowners opt to buy cabinets with varying degrees of stain and finish. This ensures that each cabinet is different and provides the ability to match the new cabinets with the rest of the kitchen, if desired.
Many of the ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets have the option of either using unfinished or pre-finished wood. In the event that the cabinets have unfinished wood, homeowners have the option of staining or even painting the cabinets to match the rest of the kitchen. If the cabinets have a finish of their own, it should match the finish on the cabinets. The doors and drawer fronts can also be stained or painted to match the rest of the finish on the cabinets.
Some kitchen cabinets, particularly those that are custom-built, may have additional features such as doors that are pulled-out or shelves that are built into the cabinet itself. These features, however, should be made to match the pull-out or shelf doors or the drawers that may be built into the cabinet. Pull-out doors can either have a hinged or a slide mechanism installed. When it comes to pull-out doors, it’s always important to consider the possibility of a malfunctioning or broken pull-out door. For this reason, it is important to have the pull-out doors replaced at the very least, especially if they do not open and close easily.
There are a number of other options for kitchen cabinets, including ones that are freestanding and those that are placed against a wall. Depending on a homeowner’s preferences, the cabinet design can range from the simplest to the most complex. In terms of a kitchen cabinet design, homeowners are encouraged to carefully measure the area that they intend to put the cabinet in. Doing so will ensure that they purchase the cabinet that is the right size and is not too large or too small for the area.
Because kitchen cabinets can be constructed from several different materials, a homeowner may want to give some thought to the material they plan to use for their cabinets. In general, plywood and particleboard are two of the most popular materials for construction of kitchen cabinets. A variety of other materials, including natural stone, may also be used. The decision to install a wooden or acrylic cabinet should, however, be based on the strength of the materials a homeowner has chosen for their cabinets.