Kitchen cabinets are the most prominent and defining feature of your kitchen, so it’s no surprise at how overwhelming the decision can be.
Your cabinets will set the design tone for the whole space while also massively contributing to — or detracting from — the usability of your kitchen.
It’s a choice that will not only have the biggest impact on your budget, but also the joy you get from being in your newly remodeled kitchen.
No pressure, right?
Properly designed kitchen cabinets that are well built and designed to maximize the space can last you a lifetime. Solid kitchen cabinets are future-proof; they can be refinished again and again to suit your changing tastes.
We’ve written this comprehensive guide to help you narrow down the choices and find the perfect kitchen cabinets for your home.
Decide What Features Your Kitchen Cabinets Should Have
Before getting to the really exciting part of deciding wood, color, or style, you have to figure out what your needs are. There is a world of interesting features available to you, depending on what you want out of your kitchen.
Take some time to think about what you currently dislike in your kitchen. Maybe you wish one of the shelves was big enough for your juicer? Do you wish your spices were displayed better so you don’t have to dig for the one you want? The more specific you can be about what you want, the better chance you’ll have of absolutely loving your redesigned kitchen.
Corner cabinets are traditionally the final resting place for old kitchen appliances, long-forgotten wedding gifts, and the protein powder you thought was a good idea 3 new year’s resolutions ago. Their depth and awkward location make them impractical for most use beyond messy storage. However, something as simple as adding a Lazy Susan (or 2!) will give you easy access to everything in your corner cabinet and greatly increase your kitchen’s storage space.
Pull out cabinets
Pull out kitchen cabinets are an extremely versatile and popular option for all types of kitchens. They can be used in a variety of ways to maximize storage and make all items easily accessible. Pull out cabinets are in no way limited for food storage; one of their most common uses is for pull out trash cans.
A charging drawer looks just like a standard utensil drawer but provides a hidden charging station for your electronics. It’s a great way to let your phone charge and keep it safe while you’re cooking and cleaning.
You can have almost anything custom made to suit your personal needs: wine racks, spice storage, waste holes. Talk to your cabinet maker about what you need and they can help you find a solution.
Getting your appliances off the counter and into a specialty designed kitchen cabinet is an easy way to free your space of clutter. They are an especially great option for minimalist aesthetics where everything should have its own place.
Oversized / deep drawers
Deep pullout drawers add more versatility to the kitchen as a way to neatly organize almost anything you want. They can be used for pots and pans, dinnerware, table linen, and appliances.
Choosing the Best Style for Your Kitchen Cabinet Remodel
Now for the really fun part! The style you decide for your cabinets will completely change the feel of your whole kitchen. European-style, minimalist cabinets will work great in a modern or contemporary kitchen. If you prefer a more rustic, cozy feel, you’ll want to look at more traditional framed cabinets.
If you want your kitchen cabinets to have a clean, sleek look, then inset doors are a great option worth considering. However, they tend to have a higher price than the standard overlay door style.
Frameless cabinets, also called European-style cabinets, have a clean design and more accessible space. American-style, or framed cabinets, will add more texture to the kitchen and provide more design choices.
Deciding on the design of your cabinet doors is where you can really have some fun. Flat-front cabinets are perfect for modern design while beadboard cabinets can bring an element of warmth and comfort. Shaker-style cabinets, one of the few traditional styles that is seeing a rise in popularity, will bring personality to almost any aesthetic. Glass front cabinets are a stylish way to show off your wares and provide unique opportunities for changing the decor, such as painting the inside of the cabinets.
The options for kitchen cabinet hardware are almost endless. Handles tend to make more of a statement than knobs and are more likely to completely change the style of the cabinets. If you want a pop of color, go for a high contrast option that will really add flair to your new kitchen.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match handles and knobs for more variety.
Stock or Custom Made?
You have a few options when deciding how you want to buy your cabinets.
In-Stock Kitchen Cabinets
In-stock cabinets are the cabinets that are on the show floor and can be ready to go home with you that day. This is the most economical option and a great way to see exactly what you’re buying.
Semi-custom kitchen cabinets allow you to choose from a huge number of customization choices. You can get any combination of door style, hardware, and color or finish that your heart desires.
Having your cabinets completely custom made is the best way to get the kitchen cabinets of your dreams. You can ask for exotic woods, completely unique door styles, custom features, and have them made in any size you need.
The Kitchen Cabinet Remodel Experts in Colorado Springs
We’re here to help with your kitchen cabinet remodel. Stop by our Colorado Springs showroom and meet with one of our design experts who can help you design the kitchen of your dreams, all at an affordable price.