Mavis Mckinney Base Cabinets January 03rd, 2018 - 14:33:02
The most important part of buying them is to measure, measure, measure! Measure the length and width of cabinet doors. If you are installing entirely cabinets, measure depth. Measure your ceiling height. Understand that newer houses tend to have higher ceilings; it may be architecturally impossible to support having tall 42 inch cabinets installed in your old kitchen. But dont worry, a solution can be had for all cabinet spaces- as long as you remember to measure properly. Why the emphasis on measurements? Consider the consequences of inaccurate measuring- crookedly hung cabinets, improperly cabinet doors that dont open properly, or worse, you purchased your kitchen cabinets online and now cannot obtain a refund.
Once the sub-bases for the lower cabinets are set, I recommend that you install the upper cabinets next as it is just plain easier. Once the wider base cabinets are installed it is harder to work on the narrower upper cabinets. Just measure up from the sub-base to get the top of the cabinets, add the counter thickness, add the space you want between the lower and upper cabinets (typically eighteen inches) and make a pencil mark. That is the bottom of your upper cabinets. Since your sub-base is level, just transfer the upper cabinet mark all along the run and you will have mark to set the bottom of each upper cabinet. Next locate all the wall studs and make a vertical mark using your level that will protrude both above and below the cabinets.
For cabinet backs you will typically see 1/2" thick material, with thicker areas specifically manufactured for mounting screws. The tops will always incorporate a countertop fastening strip at the front and rear of base cabinets, which you wont see in stock cabinets. As far as design and aesthetics go, the only limitations are your imagination and budget. Almost anything is possible because your cabinets will be made specifically just for you. You have complete access to options such as pull-out slides, trash organizers, limitless hardware choices, pantry organizers, and much more. The cabinetmaker will often install these cabinets themselves too, saving you the headache of doing it yourself. While obviously more expensive, you can design and get exactly what you want, instead of settling for what you can find.
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!