Grace Holcomb Base Cabinets January 09th, 2018 - 10:11:12
Since a custom cabinet maker will be producing your new kitchen cabinets you can have them make just about any style that is imaginable. You can also have them produce cabinets that are in rare or exotic woods. You can also have a much larger selection of cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Some custom cabinet makers do opt to outsource their doors and drawer fronts, in this case they will usually have a very large catalog of doors for you to make your selection. With custom built cabinets you can select the type of hardware such as cabinet door hinges as well as drawer slides. Most are currently opting for hinges and drawer slides with the soft close feature. This is not only very popular but I wouldnt be surprise if this becomes the standard in the next few years.
If you are remodeling your kitchen (or building anew), you may need to choose a corner cabinet although not all kitchens need them.For example, a "galley" kitchen is called that because the walls (holding cabinets and appliances) that make up the kitchen face each other and, therefore, preclude the need for corner cabinets. Another possible arrangement in this vein would be an "L-shaped" kitchen with a straight-run of cabinets along one wall and another straight-run of cabinets on a wall that is perpendicular to it but separated from it by a doorway or floor-to-ceiling window. Cabinets installed in a straight run do not pose the variety of choices that corner cabinets do; therefore, if your new kitchen, bathroom, or office needs a corner cabinet, having a list of the types of corner cabinets currently available should help you make an educated choice in their shape and size.
Stock, or store cabinets, are what you see if you go to a large home improvement store. Each store will typically have a very basic, unfinished cabinet line that is stocked in store and ready to purchase and take home that day. These are usually your cheapest option, but selections are very limited. Most of the time these will need to be finished either by you or by a contractor. Dont expect anything spectacular, these are usually cabinets in their most basic form. Drawer fronts are typically made from glued up strips of wood instead of one single piece of wood. Doors are usually paneled doors instead of raised wood panel doors. The carcasses of the cabinets will typically be cut from particle board, and if there is a back panel it is usually 1/8" hard-board. Countertop fastening brackets will be small, plastic corner brackets with a single screw hole for attaching to the counter.
Be a careful cabinet shopper. As silly as it sounds, be certain that designers are not cutting corners by installing cabinets without backs or reinforcement. With the ease of online shopping comes the risk of ordering cabinets sight unseen. If you choose to purchase it online, request samples of the cabinet wood before making a full purchase. Popular woods are maple, oak, cherry and birch. Cheaper alternatives are particle wood or composite wood, but may not be as durable. Since you are constantly going to be opening and closing cabinet doors, and moving things in and out of them, you should consider quality. Also, for resell value, buyers will look for durable cabinets that dont need immediate replacing. If your cabinet faces look decent, skip kitchen cabinet online shopping and think about changing hardware instead. Sometimes installing interesting knobs can change the whole look of the kitchen. Look even to reusing dresser pulls or knobs from salvaged furniture. Or even cute Lego blocks or toy bricks can work if you can grip it! If it fits the look of your kitchen, go for it!