Cheap Versus Steep: Kitchen Cabinetry
Cabinets are one of the most important ingredients of your kitchen's design, and they can consume nearly 30 percent of your remodeling budget. Find kitchen cabinet options to fit your price range, whether it's cheap, mid-range or steep.
By: Andrew Faust
Photo By: Designer, Judith Balis
Cheap: Refreshed Painted Cabinetry
If your current cabinets are in good shape but could use an aesthetic update, try brushing on a coat of paint to revive your cabinetry and give it a fresh new look. Design by Judith Balis
Cheap: Simple Stained Cabinets
While cabinetry with ornate embellishments and fancy storage features can be costly, basic flat-front cabinets will give your kitchen a clean and simple look at a reasonable price. Design by Jennifer Nilsen
Mid-Range: Shaker-Style Cabinets
Upgrade from plain, flat-front cabinetry to Shaker-style cabinets, which will give your kitchen a clean, classic look without breaking the bank. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, Shaker is one of the most popular styles in cabinetry in 2011, second only to traditional. Image courtesy of Atlantis Kitchens
Mid-Range: Special Storage Features
While specialty storage options were once only offered by custom cabinetmakers, these features are now available in mid-priced fixtures as well. Pullout spice racks, utensil drawers and built-in cutting boards are all available at a reasonable cost. Image courtesy of Merillat
Steep: Custom Cabinetry
Homeowners willing to spend significantly more on their kitchen’s cabinetry may opt for custom cabinets, which are built to exact specifications and can come in a wide range of materials, designs, finishes and accessories. Image courtesy of Plain & Fancy
Steep: Sleek Modern Cabinets
An option for larger budgets, sleek cabinetry with a high-gloss finish provides the perfect backdrop for modern or contemporary kitchens.