What To Know BEFORE You Buy Kitchen Cabinets

Published by Buddy at May 16, 2016
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You want your dream kitchen. We understand. It all starts with the kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are one of the most utilized items in your home. They also can dramatically improve the style, value, and resale options as well. When shopping for cabinets, there are many options to consider before buying. By making a sound decision before you buy, you can save much money and precious time! We’ll show you how.

 

Pro tip #1 Avoiding Custom Sizes Saves You Money

Cabinets come in several standard sizes. If you select from one of these sizes, you can avoid a lot of hassle. Standard cabinets will not only be installed far quicker than their custom counterparts, but they will be far easier to find parts for should you need them down the road. There is also incredible savings that come from choosing to work within standard sizes. If you are building a new house or remodeling your kitchen, we have cabinet design software to help you fit these pieces within your design and budget. With our custom modeling and standard size cabinets, you can get your perfect kitchen while saving thousands of dollars.

 

Pro tip #2 Prefinished Cabinets Are Beautiful

One of the best benefits of modern hardware and building materials is the massive expansion of product and inventory. Today, there are thousands of gorgeous prefinished options available when it comes to cabinets. During manufacturing, a stain is applied to the wood, and then a tough and durable lacquer or varnish are applied to protect the surface. Prefinished cabinets come in every stain imaginable. Whether it is a rosy cherry or a dark walnut, there is a prefinished cabinet that will meet your need. Click below to see our current styles and colors.

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Cabinet Options Made Simple 

When looking at cabinets to install the two options you want to focus on are the type of cabinet construction and the style of door.

Construction

There are two ways that cabinets are designed and built. The first is a frame-less construction. These do not have a frame around the cabinet box; the hinge is attached to the side of the cabinet, and a full overlay door must be used. This design allows you full access to the interior space. 

Framed cabinets, on the other hand, use rails and stiles to form a frame, which keeps the cabinet rigid; the door hinge will attach to this frame.

Door Styles

  • Cabinet doors come in several styles. The main characteristic is the door overlay or the way that the door sits on the face of the cabinet. 
  • Full Overlay Doors are attached in such a way that there is minimal to no space between the door and the frame. This style is often found in more modern kitchens.
  • Standard or Traditional doors ensure that a small portion of the frame box is left exposed.
  • Lipped Overlay cabinet doors have a 3/8 lip on the inside of the door. This selection leaves more of the frame box exposed than the traditional style.
  • Inset cabinet doors are attached flush to the frame. This means the entire frame is exposed.

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Terms You Need to Know

When planning your cabinet design, there are some key terms you will want to be familiar with.

Toe Kick - This is a little thought about but crucial part of kitchen cabinets. A toe kick is a small recess at the bottom of your cabinets. This small gap is an ergonomic necessity, because as the name implies, it helps you avoid stubbing your toes whenever you are standing near the counter. 

Backplate - A backplate is installed behind a pull or knob to help prevent scratching the cabinets surface.

Base Cabinet - This unit comes in several sizes and usually sits underneath a countertop. The base cabinet comes with toe kick and several drawer options. General base size is 34 1/2 inches tall. Typical widths vary from 9 to 24 inches. 

Sink Cabinet - A sink base cabinet sits directly underneath the sink countertop. This cabinet often has a false drawer and two outside opening doors. 24 inches is the standard size for a single sink. 

Island Base Cabinet - This is installed under a peninsula style counter top in an island kitchen. There are toe kicks and the doors open on all sides. 

Blind Corner Base - Blind corner bases have cabinet boxes larger than the door solving the problem of accessibility in a tight space. Many consumers put a Lazy Susan in blind corner bases to make the best use of space. 

Your Dream Kitchen is a Click Away

The BOSS has cabinets that can serve your needs whether you are a homeowner remodeling your kitchen or a real estate investor looking to update and upgrade a flip or rental property. Visit our kitchen design consultation page to schedule an appointment with one of our design experts.

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