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2 Things To Consider Before Choosing New Kitchen Cabinets

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Is your kitchen a little dated? If you are tired of staring at those whitewashed cabinets or antiquated drawer-pulls, you might be ready to switch out your cupboards. Although you might be tempted to head to your local showroom and meet with a contractor, it is important to remember you might have to live with those new cabinets for awhile, and your decisions will matter later. Here are two things to consider before choosing new kitchen cabinets

1: Type

Cabinets are cabinets, right? As you walk through the kitchen showroom, it can be easy to think about price and assume everything else is pretty much the same. However, there are several different types of cabinets, each with their own set of advantages and drawbacks. Here are the three main types of cabinets, and how to tell if they are right for you:

  • RTA: RTA, or Ready To Assemble, cabinets are the most inexpensive type of cabinet, largely because you build and install them yourself. These cabinets come in stock sizes you can mix and match to fit your kitchen. Although RTA cabinets are available in solid wood versions, most contain veneers and particleboard to reduce the cost. RTA cabinets start at around $1,000 for a 10x10 foot kitchen, but that price doesn't include professional installation. If you are on a budget or are fixing up your house to sell it quickly, these cabinets might be right for you.
  • Stock: Are you a little leery of putting together your own kitchen cabinets? If you like the idea of pre-made cupboards being delivered to your front door and being installed by a pro, consider investing in stock cabinets. Many combinations of stock cabinets are designed specifically for popular floor plans, so you can get a custom look without the steep price tag. Stock cabinets for a 10x12 foot kitchen start at around $4,000
  • Custom: If you really want to make your kitchen special, you might want to invest in custom cabinets. Unlike other types, custom cabinets are created specifically for your space. You can work with a specialist to create cupboards and drawers that meet your every need and to fit the space perfectly. Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a cost. Custom cabinets start at around $16,000, not including installation and countertops.

Before you start talking with your contractor about your kitchen renovation dreams, think carefully about your budget and the amount of time that you have to dedicate to the project.

2: Functionality

It can be easy to get carried away with aesthetics, but the fact of the matter is that functionality matters too. Even the prettiest cabinets might get annoying if you can't use them like you want to. Here are a few different ways you can customize the function of your new cabinetry:

  • Lighting: If you want to make those cabinets glow, consider asking for built-in LED lighting. You can have lighting installed along the inside of cabinets to make finding your favorite mug a breeze, or underneath cabinets to illuminate food preparation areas.
  • Load Capacity: Think carefully about how much stuff you need to pack into your cabinetry. Each drawer and cupboard has a load capacity, and exceeding the weight limit could damage the structure. If you need to store heavy steel pans or bulk food items in your lower cabinets, look for versions capable of withstanding the weight.
  • Closures: If you are like most people, you probably don't enjoy the sound of slamming cupboards. Fortunately, you can actually customize the closures of your cabinetry too. Some hinges contain hefty internal springs to absorb the impact of a slammed door, so they close softly no matter who shuts them.

The right kitchen cabinets might help you to enjoy a more beautiful, functional space, while improving the value of your home.     

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10 December 2014