Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

One of the first step in any kitchen redo is to figure out what kind of kitchen cabinets that you want.  There are a lot of factors that should go into this decision.  Cost, color, style, and type are just a few of the decisions that have to be made.

Here are some of the terms you need to understand before undertaking any kitchen remodel:


Ready to assemble cabinets are just that - you  have to put them together; great for the do-it- yourselfer.

In stock cabinets are ready to assemble and in stock at your local big box store - come in limited finishes; paintable and good for the do-it-yourselfer.

Semi-custom or standard cabinets get ordered and come in a variety of door styles, wood types, and finishes; you can have them installed or install them yourself.

Custom cabinets are made to your specifications.  The quality depends on who makes them, how they are made, and the construction methods used.  They can be very expensive or not so much!


MDF or Plywood construction?


  • Thermafoil
  • Laminate
  • Veneer
  • Wood


Have I lost you yet?

Frameless cabinets have a contemporary feel and are very popular in Europe.  The door sits right on the cabinet box so when looking at the doors and the drawers you see almost no cabinet box.

Framed cabinets have a more traditional look, and look like they have a "frame" around each door.  Think of a picture frame.

Did you think I was going to talk about color and style?  That's the easy part.  The first thing you have to decide is what you can afford and if you are going to do all the work, some of the work, or none of the work.

Choosing kitchen cabinets is not something to be done overnight because they are so darn expensive.  So take the time and do your homework. There is plenty of information on the web to help you make a wise decision or better yet, talk to a kitchen designer so you can make the best decision for you and your family.  Remember you will be living with them for quite some time.

Next time we'll talk about color and style.

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Until next time,