Kitchen design has not only become an expression of the home, but of the home owner. Redesigning and remodeling is like an artist using an empty canvas. Once you have your dream kitchen design in mind, contacted professional designers and contractors, it’s time to pick out the elements of your space.
We can talk about floors and lighting all day, but we’re going to shift our focus on kitchen cabinetry. Kitchen cabinets are made from a variety of materials; wood, metal, particle board, plastic, and glass which can be customized with paint or staining. This variety offers homeowners and designers the opportunity to find the perfect cabinet for your space.
The Four Basic Types of Cabinets
Wall Cabinets: These cabinets are hang on the wall and utilize the empty space above appliances and countertops. These cabinets are generally 12 inches deep and are fully customizable.
Base Cabinets: These cabinets are your standard kitchen cabinets that are approximately at waist height and surround kitchen appliances. Countertops are typically placed on top of these cabinets. The standard cabinets are 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall with a 4 inch riser, called a toe kick.
Tall Cabinets: The name is pretty self explanatory, but these cabinets are typically 84 inches in height and are used for elongated items like brooms and mops, but also serve as the kitchen pantry.
Specialty Units: These cabinets are customized for the kitchen in order to include specialty items like hutches, wine racks, unusual corners, a sink, etc.
Now that you’re equipped with the basics, your kitchen cabinetry choice should be getting easier, but we’re not done, we’ve also included the four grades of construction, which is helpful for DIYers and Professionals, alike. Cabinets are grouped based on the quality of construction: ready-to-assemble, stock, semi-custom, and custom. Here’s a little more information of each.
Ready-to-Assemble: Generally the cheaper option and especially useful for do-it-yourself kitchen projects. These cabinets come out of the box with instructions for assembly and installation. Although these cabinets are the biggest money saver, their longevity and durability may not be the best choice over time.
Stock: These mass-produced cabinets are available in different sizes, but cannot be altered. Stock cabinets are typically made from plastic laminate or melamine covered wood. This is another affordable option, but gives you a bit more quality.
Semi Custom: These cabinets offer the option of decorative enhancements and more variety for accessories. You have the ability to pick the material, style and finishes, but from a predetermined catalogue.
Custom: The most original cabinets are the ones that are custom built for a kitchen. These cabinets tend to be more expensive as they are completely made to order, but they offer the most diversity in style. An artisan can create exactly what you’re looking for and also offer flexibility for resizing.
If the pre-made, out of the box, look isn’t what you’re looking for, our team of professionals can build custom cabinetry that fits your lifestyle, check out our services here. Whatever your budget and design ideas are Domicile can help you select the perfect kitchen cabinetry to create your dream kitchen.