New Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the options for new kitchen cabinets to see whether brand new kitchen cabinets are the right choice for your kitchen renovation.
Hardware manufacturers like Blum are changing the way cabinet doors and drawers function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way with the touch of a button.

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Hardware manufacturers like Blum are changing the way cabinet doors and drawers function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way with the touch of a button.

By: Amy McEvoy

Whether you are building a brand new home or renovating an existing kitchen, planning and installing new kitchen cabinets can be a major task.

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There are lots of options for purchasing new cabinets on the market, and with a little research you can find a wide range of designs that meet the needs of any style and budget.

The first decision to be made when choosing new cabinets is whether you want them to be custom made or if you'll be purchasing them stock or pre-fabricated from a home improvement or design store. Custom cabinets are built from scratch according to the homeowner's specific design requests. They are typically built by local cabinetmakers or carpenters hired individually by the homeowner. The labor costs of custom cabinetry are significant, as nothing is pre-built and every cabinet part must be crafted, assembled and then installed. This laborious process takes time and in turn costs money. Custom cabinetry is popular among homeowners looking for creative freedom with their kitchen design as well as homeowners with tricky kitchen layouts where pre-fabricated kitchen cabinets may not fit.

If your kitchen renovation budget does not afford you the luxury of custom cabinets, another option for new kitchen cabinets is to purchase stock or semi-custom cabinets. True to their name, stock kitchen cabinets are pre-built and ready to take home from cabinet specialty or home improvement stores. They are either sold fully assembled or ready to assemble, so that many DIYers are able to personally install them, thus dramatically reducing their labor costs. Stock cabinet doors come in many different styles: flat, raised, paneled, and Shaker are common examples. This wide variety allows homeowners to pick their new cabinets based on their own personal style.

Once you've decided whether you will use custom or stock cabinets in your kitchen, you'll need to figure out the layout and sizing of your bank of new cabinets. You'll want to map out the layout of your existing kitchen in order to see what size cabinets will fit in a given space. Custom cabinets are easier to work with when you have a unique space as they can be made to order and therefore can be made any size or shape. Stock cabinets typically come in standard sizes, so they will need to be installed accordingly.

In terms of materials, wood is the most popular choice for new kitchen cabinets. Wood comes in a wide variety of styles, colors and costs. Wood substitutes such as steel, laminate or thermofoil are also used in new cabinets in order to portray a certain design aesthetic or bring down the cost of the project.

Whether you have your new cabinets custom built or purchase them already put together, there are numerous choices out there to give you the exact look you want in your new kitchen. It just takes a little research and planning to find the cabinets you are looking for to give you the kitchen of your dreams.

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