Host Joan Kohn gets tips from kitchen design expert Janis Magnuson for selecting the right cabinets for the desired look and function.
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Colors and Styles
- Some of the choices that must be made when selecting cabinets include door style, wood species, color, hardware, molding, types of drawers and accessories.
- Kitchen cabinets fall into three categories: stock, semi-custom and custom.
- Stock cabinets are constructed of particleboard, cost $150 to $200 per linear foot and are modular, with limited door styles and colors. They cannot be modified in size but can be detailed with filler panels, trims and moldings for a more interesting look. The woods generally used for stock cabinets are oak, cherry and maple.
Custom OptionsSemi-custom will have particleboard or 1/2-inch plywood, cost $600/foot and have more wood species, door styles and finishes available. Their height, width and depth can be modified. Wood choices include those found in stock, plus pecan, pine and hickory.
Custom cabinets will use 3/4-inch plywood and cost up to $1,500/foot. Nothing is made until the customer specifies it. Any size, width, style, wood and finish can be used.
Glazes and FinishesThe latest trend in cabinetry is the variety of finishes available. Glazes are used over stains to create depth, and distressing can age a new cabinet instantly. Stock cabinetry does not have the glazing option; semi-custom finishes might include a white or brown glaze; custom cabinets can be finished any way the customer desires.
Hardware is important in cabinetry. The glides and hinges become more sophisticated in higher price ranges. The smoothness of the motion, the length of the drawer’s extension and weight the drawer can hold are affected by the quality of the glides.
Availability differs among the types of cabinets. Stock cabinets have the quickest delivery time or may already be in stock at the store; semi-custom take four to six weeks for delivery and custom need at least eight weeks or longer for delivery.