During a kitchen renovation, one of the biggest, most important decisions that you're going to make is choosing the new cabinets. Since cabinets are a pretty permanent fixture in the new kitchen, you want to take your time and make sure that you chose the cabinets that will look perfect, perform well, and last a long time before needing to be replaced. Unlike the countertop, if you find that you don't like the cabinets, you're not going to be able to do a quick swap – it'll take a complete renovation to replace them. Here you'll find a few things to consider as you choose your new kitchen cabinets.
As you look through the options, make sure that you're looking at cabinets that are well-made. You don't want cabinets that are made of a bunch of pressed wood that will surely fail relatively quickly – look for cabinets made of plywood and other quality woods.
Another element of the design to look into is the rails for the drawer slides. A lot of times, the cheaper cabinet units aren't equipped with heavy-duty rails – if the drawers are slightly overloaded, the rails bend and the drawer is left useless.
Do you have a particular color in mind? Are you hoping to stick with natural finished wood, or are you looking for a painted finish? There are a number of styles, colors, and finishes to choose from, so you'll need to figure out what color will work well in your space.
Smaller kitchens do better with lighter cabinets – this is because dark cabinets can make a smalls space look even smaller.
Some cabinets are equipped with lighting inside of them; others have lighting mounted underneath them to illuminate the countertop. If you have a kitchen on the dark side, look into cabinets that do have lights built into them – at least some of them – like a lighted, glass-front display unit for your best china and stemware.
Create a Swatch and Material Board
As you choose materials and products for your kitchen, gather a small sample of the material and glue or Velcro it to a project board. When you see all of the colors, materials, and textures working together on the project board, you'll have a better picture of what it will all look like when it is done.
Talk with a cabinet professional like those at DL Cabinetry - Orlando to learn more about choosing the cabinets for your kitchen that will hold up for many years..