Know This Before Hitting Up the Cabinet Store
Are you considering a kitchen remodel? Before you pack the kids up and head to your local cabinet store, make sure you read up on these things that can save you some energy on your cabinet search.
Speak Cabinetry Speak
Make sure you brush up on some industry lingo. Do you know the difference between semi-custom and custom? Can you locate the box frame and drawer front in a standard cabinet? Take the time to learn some of the common cabinetry words, so you aren’t taken advantage of. Stock cabinets are the most common and easy to come by, but can’t be customized like its custom counterpart. Custom cabinets can take up to 12 weeks to be delivered as they are made to order. Knowing what you are looking at and looking for will save you some headaches when you are browsing the many styles of cabinets.
If you are looking for quality cabinetry, you need to make sure you look for cabinets that are certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association. They put cabinets through tests that replicate normal wear and tear that your cabinets will face over the years. These tests include differing temperatures as well as dousing the cabinets in different foods and liquids to see if it shows discoloration or other damage.
Keep it Colorful with Colorful Cabinets
Keep in mind that colors matter when it comes to your cabinet choices. If you are remodeling a small kitchen, you will want to look at lighter cabinet color to open up the space. If you are going for a more regal look, you may want to look at the deep cherry cabinets to give it that stately feel.
Fix it – Fix it Real Good
Plan for future repairs before you let your cabinet store supplier go. The more and more you use something the more and more that it will have the chance to break. Get the right repair kit from your supplier so that you aren’t running around trying to find one, only to learn your cabinet style has been discontinued.
Donate Cabinets to a Good Cause
Don’t throw out the old cabinets just yet! Many contractor companies work with places like Habitat for Humanity to reuse old cabinets from remodeling projects and give them new life. Ask your remodeler if they partner with local charities and if they will take the cabinets there for you.
Humidity Helps Cabinetry
Another thing that experts will suggest is to let your cabinets sit in your home before you install them. The reason being that they need to get acclimated to your houses temperatures and humidity levels before installation to ensure the correct fit when installed.
Regardless of where you look or who you go to for your cabinets, keeping these things in the back of your mind as you are walking through the aisles can save you a lot of heartache. A great cabinet choice can really bring your kitchen space together and if it is a quality cabinet- it can bring you joy for years and years to come.