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Find your perfect colors and styles for your home. Before any kitchen cabinet installation it’s good to evaluate your needs and tastes, or if you are ready to take your cabinet hardware to the next level our kitchen renovation experts can help with refinishing kitchen cabinets, re facing kitchen cabinets and cabinet replacement services. We also offer a handy kitchen cabinet buying guide to help inform your choices further.
Ready to get started, we are here to help, refer to our online kitchen planner cabinet buying guides and project guides to see what you can do yourself, and for everything else from design services to start – to- finish project management you can count on the home department to help you make a right decisions in selecting cabinets for your kitchen or any other area in your home.
New cabinets can enhance your kitchen’s appearance, add value to your home and improve how your kitchen functions. While cabinets can account for more than a third of the total cost of a kitchen remodel, this investment can transform your kitchen into a stylish, highly efficient and organized multi-functional space.
Selecting your cabinets may seem intimidating at first, given the large number of styles, types, materials and accessories to choose from. This buying guide will help you understand the many factors to consider so you can feel confident you’re selecting the kitchen cabinets that best meet your individual style and storage needs. You may also find this information helpful in selecting cabinets for other areas of your home, such as bathrooms, laundry and entertainment rooms, to name just a few.
Because kitchen cabinets can be a sizeable investment, taking a few actions before making your selection can make the process easier and help ensure you’ll get the results you want.
- Explore cabinet style and become familiar with the different types and designs of cabinets available.
- Use our Cabinet How-to-Measure Guide to measure your kitchen and draw up a floor plan so you’ll have an idea of the types of cabinets you’ll need, how many and their approximate dimensions.
- Set a budget
- Review your floor plan and budget with TELKA Home Dept Kitchen Designers who can help you find the perfect cabinets to fit your kitchen, lifestyle and budget FREE.
Your Cabinets at a Glance
• Stock, Semi-Stock or Custom – Match options, specialization and availability to your budget and timeframe.
• Construction – Choose framed or frameless styles, materials, laminates and veneers and understand features to look for.
• Cabinet Types – Combine base, wall and tall cabinets.
• Door Styles – Select overlay, wood types, design and finish.
• Hardware – Personalize your cabinets with pulls and hinges.
• Finishing Touches – Enhance your cabinet’s design with architectural details.
• Accessories & Add-On – Increase storage and access contents more easily.
A good starting point in selecting your cabinets is to determine the options, availability and specialization your kitchen project time frame and budget requires, then decide if stock, semi-stock or custom cabinets best suit your needs.
Stock – These cabinets offer economical pricing, a wide range of standard sizes, styles and finishes and are often available the same day or within a few days of purchase. Stock cabinets typically offer some options for specialty functions, and can be an ideal solution for projects with limited budgets. They are often built in widths of 3” increments ranging from 12” to 60” wide. Standard heights range from 30”-36” with above-stove cabinets in heights of 12”-18”.
Semi-Custom – These cabinets offer more flexible options for storage, design and style as well as a wider selection of wood and finish choices. Semi-custom cabinets offer more functionality, with enhancements such as pull-out shelves, lazy Susans and vertical dividers, to name just a few. They usually require a longer lead time for delivery and are priced in the mid-range. Available sizes are typically the same as those for stock cabinets.
Custom – These cabinets are constructed by hand to fit your kitchen to your specifications. Custom cabinets make use of all available space and are an ideal solution when non-standard sizes are needed to fit irregular-shaped spaces. Delivery time can take up to nine or more weeks, depending on the cabinet maker’s schedule. The most expensive of the three options, they typically feature high-quality materials and construction features. Custom cabinets can be built in increments up to 1/32”. Price varies based on size, materials and options.
Understanding cabinet construction and knowing a few basic features to look for can go a long way in helping you match cabinets to your décor, lifestyle and budget.
Framed or Frameless
There are two basic styles of cabinets: framed and frameless. While both of these cabinet types share similar construction, the difference lies primarily in their appearance and the amount of storage they provide.
Framed cabinets, also known as face-framed cabinets, have a frame on the front of the cabinet that makes the box highly stable and helps keep it square. Door hinges attach to the frame. Framed cabinets complement both traditional and contemporary décor.
Frameless cabinets, also known as European-style cabinets, have no frame around the face of the cabinet box. Thicker side panels lend stability, and drawers and hinges attach directly to the cabinet’s side walls. Because drawers do not have to fit in a frame’s opening, they can be as wide as the cabinet, providing more storage. Frameless cabinets are often used with contemporary décor.
While you might think cabinets are made solely of wood, they are often constructed from other materials or combinations of materials as well. These materials are often combined to provide cost-effective, high-quality durability for the parts of your cabinet that are typically unexposed or behind the scenes. Materials commonly used for cabinet boxes and shelves include:
Particleboard – This material is made of wood chips or shavings bonded together with resin and compressed into rigid sheets. An economical alternative to solid wood, particleboard is very stable and is often used in stock cabinets as an underlayment for plastic laminates and wood veneers in the panels for the box and shelving. Particleboard doesn’t warp, shrink or swell due to humidity, but should be properly sealed to avoid moisture. Particleboard is assembled using glue or mechanical fasteners.
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) – An engineered wood made from fine wood particles and glue formed into sheets, MDF is often used as a backing material for laminates and other finishes. MDF is very dense, resists warping and has a smooth surface suitable for veneers, laminates and paints. It is often used in mid-priced cabinetry. Strong and durable, MDF provides many effective benefits for limited budgets.
Plywood – This engineered wood is composed of layers of veneers stacked and glued together with alternate layers oriented at right angles, providing strength in its length and width. Furniture-grade plywood is used in custom cabinetry. Because heat and moisture cause wood to expand and contract in the direction of the grain, plywood’s cross-grain pattern makes it more stable and stronger than solid wood. Plywood is often used for cabinet boxes and shelves in higher-priced cabinetry.
Wood Veneers & Laminates
Exposed areas of particleboard, MDF and plywood are typically covered with wood veneers or durable laminates and other synthetic materials.
Wood veneers are thin layers of wood sliced from trees that are adhered to plywood or particleboard and treated with a variety of stains, varnishes and other finishes. Factors to consider when choosing a veneer include grain, pattern, thickness and color. Popular choices include cherry, maple, oak, hickory, birch and pine.
Thermo foil is a flexible vinyl applied to engineered wood to cover cabinet boxes, doors and drawers. It has a smooth to slightly textured easy-care surface that resists chipping better than paint. High heat may cause some discoloration over time.
Laminates are thin, layered plastic coatings fused to the cabinet material with heat and pressure. They offer a wide range of options for colors, patterns and textures.
Melamine is similar to laminate and made of a durable plastic applied to cabinet frames, shelves and drawers with heat, pressure and adhesive. Melamine is durable, easy to clean and resists stains, chipping and fading.
In addition to synthetic laminates and wood veneers, stainless steel and enameled metals are popular choices for cabinets in kitchens with contemporary designs.
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