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If you are a new homeowner or are building a new home, chances are that you are going to have to decide on some cabinets to furnish your home. While this task can seem overwhelming, here are some tips that will make your cabinet-picking process a little easier:
Choose a Budget
Before you even start looking at cabinets, you need to establish a realistic budget so that you can maintain control over your cabinet project. It’s important to realize that your budget shouldn’t only include the cost of the cabinets but should also include some emergency funding. This emergency funding will cover you in the event that you have to make any additional changes to the cabinets.
Choose Your Type
There are three main types of cabinets: custom construction cabinets, stock cabinets and semi-custom cabinets. Custom construction cabinets are the most expensive cabinet because they have to be hand-crafted by someone who is skilled in making cabinets. Custom construction cabinets are a great option if you have a very particular kitchen that needs a lot of space.
Stock cabinets are the least expensive cabinet as they are made in bulk and sold in a variety of different stores. These stock cabinets are a good option if your kitchen is a standard size, but they are not a good option if your kitchen has unique nooks and crannies that need to be filled. You can still use stock cabinets with a unique kitchen, but you will need to fill the space with filler strips.
Semi-custom cabinets are a mixture of the above two mentioned cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets are built after you place your order, but are still built in bulk. The difference is that you can choose what parts you want to place in your kitchen as opposed to being stuck with one set of stock cabinets.
Choose Your Style
Before you decide what you want your cabinet style to be, it’s a good idea to take a walk through several home improvement stores to see the different types of cabinet styles. This will allow you to compare and contrast the styles when thinking about what would best fit in your personal home.
When talking about cabinet style, you are referring to the design that is predominant on the cabinet door. For example, if your cabinet door has one smooth panel on the front, it would be known as having the “slab door” style. There are lots of different styles ranging from the most basic designs to having a raised, routed edge. Make sure to take note of the aesthetic features that are most appealing to you and apply them to your new cabinets.
Choose Your Finish
One of the most important aspects of choosing new cabinets is choosing how your cabinets are going to be finished. Depending on what type of cabinet you’re getting, you’ll be able to decide between leaving your cabinets natural, stained or painted. Then, once you decide this, you’ll be able to decide on a color. Make sure you pick a color that you like but also matches well with your other furniture. Another important consideration that goes along with choosing a finish is to decide whether you want warm tones or cold tones. This will help steer you toward the right collection of finishes as you put the last touches on your new home.
As soon as you’ve considered all of the above factors, you’re ready to go out there and start shopping! Once you put in all the time and effort, you’ll soon see that all of this cabinet shopping was well worth it in your new home.