How to Choose the Right Cabinets for Your Kitchen

How to Choose the Right Cabinets for Your Kitchen

There are a multitude of options when it comes to putting cabinets in your kitchen. Before you commit, you should arm yourself with as much information as you can. Cabinets arguably have the largest impact on all of the elements within your kitchen, so you don’t want to regret your choice down the road because of an uninformed decision!

  • Which cabinetry should you get?
  • Do you need help deciding between shaker and raised panels? What’s a corbel? What’s an apron?
  • What kind of functionality do you want?
  • Do you want to use eco-friendly materials?
  • What’s can you get for the budget you have in mind?

To explore your options, showrooms like the one here at Inspire Kitchen and Bath Design in Colchester, Vermont are a perfect place to start. Showrooms let you experience a variety of styles first hand, plus experts are on hand to walk you through various design features and options. In our showroom, you can check out kitchen cabinet products from manufacturers such as Shiloh, Eclipse, Granite Design, and others.

Levels of Cabinetry

Stock Cabinetry such as Aspect or Wolf is sized in 3” increments for width, typically starting at 9”.  Wall cabinet heights are usually 30”, 36” & 42”. Although not high quality and offering far less choice in finish, hardware and style, stock cabinetry is a great choice if the homeowner wants quick delivery and installation at a very reasonable price.

Semi-Custom Cabinetry includes brands such as Shiloh or Eclipse. With these cabinets, the homeowner/designer is able to change the dimensions of the cabinetry in specific areas and will usually be getting a higher quality of wood, finish, and hardware than a stock cabinetry line can offer. There will also be more choices in wood species, finishes, and door styles.

Full Custom Cabinetry allows homeowners/designers to completely invent their kitchen/bath space. With brands such as Plain & Fancy or Elmwood homeowners/designers can create truly unique spaces with every imaginable design and dimension using only the highest quality premium wood, finishes, and hardware available.

Choosing Door Styles

Door styles can be framed, frameless, or inset. While choosing the right style for you may be one of the most critical decisions you make, it doesn’t have to be the most stressful. For many kitchens, the shaker style is a sure bet. Shaker kitchen cabinets are a popular trend in current kitchen renovations because of the classic and simple look. Shaker cabinets are popular for both traditional and contemporary designs. If you are going for a modern appearance, glass or aluminum-framed  doors may be your best options. Glass doors are a great way to put your best dishes on display and open up your kitchen to light and space.

Accessories Add Functionality

Inspire Kitchen and Bath Design experts can also suggest organizational products to maximize the efficiency of your existing kitchen. For instance, if you have unused room in the base of a particular cabinet, perhaps you could add a pull-out shelf?

The best part about having a versatile cabinetry setup is that you can modify the dimensions to fit almost any kitchen style. The width, depth, and height can be adjusted, so there’s no need for wasted space in your kitchen.

Learn More About Your Kitchen Cabinet Options

f you want to learn more about kitchen cabinet options, contact Inspire Kitchen and Bath Design today. Our showroom is located at 25 Raymond Road in Colchester, Vermont (off I89, exit 17). We’re there, Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm by appointment or by chance, and evenings and weekends by appointment.

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