Kitchen cabinets, available in an array of styles, materials and finishes, can set the aesthetic tone of your entire kitchen. Whilst wooden cabinets finished in clear varnish will give your space an organic feel, a custom-made stainless steel option will result in a sophisticated, contemporary vibe. However, choose wisely as kitchen cabinets can eat up a large chunk of your overall kitchen renovation budget particularly bespoke kitchens. So before you decide between custom-made or off the shelf; wood, frosted glass, gloss or metal, be sure to consider these tips:
What kitchen cabinets do I need?
Which kitchen units are best for you will depend on largely on your budget and overall style. Consider the following when making your decision:
Off the shelf fitted kitchens
Available from high street retailers, these kitchens are manufactured in a limited number of sizes, materials and finishes. As the least expensive kitchen option, the main issue is they cannot adapt to your space and may require “dead” space or filler strips to disguise spaces between cabinets and walls. However, there is still a wide variety available, and the quality can be just as high as custom-made provided you do your research and shop around.
Semi-custom fitted kitchens
More expensive than buying straight off the shelf but offering greater flexibility for fitting to your space, semi-custom cabinets are made-to-order with a wider variety of sizing and accessorising options available, such as variations on the storage fittings inside cupboards. However, they’re not completely custom-made, so customisation will be within a set of parameters.
Created exactly to your specifications, custom-made kitchen cabinets are the most expensive but the result can be well worth the investment. A bespoke kitchen service will result in a kitchen built specifically for your space and personal requirements, so these cabinets will maximise your space in terms of efficiency and design.
How do I decide on my kitchen cabinet material?
Aesthetic value, budget and quality all come into play when choosing the right material for your kitchen cabinets. Generally, the decision lies between MDF, laminate, wood, metal or glass cabinets:
MDF kitchen cabinets
MDF, being cheap and easy to work with, is one of the most economical materials for kitchens and also offers great flexibility in terms of finish. If you are looking for a white gloss kitchen off the shelf, it is likely MDF will be your material of choice. For mid-range fitted kitchens it is also common to have MDF units with doors made from glass, wood or metal to improve the overall aesthetic.
Laminate kitchen cabinets
Laminate cabinets, made from multiple layers of kraft paper, are usually the least expensive. The upside is they can be found in nearly any colour. The downside is they can be easily chipped, which is difficult to repair.
Wood kitchen cabinets:
Durable and available in a variety of types, colours and finishes, wood cabinets fall into the mid-range price level. However, they tend to expand and contract according to humidity levels, and can warp over time.
Metal kitchen cabinets
Usually made of stainless steel, these cabinets are pricier than wood. Metal cabinets tend to show fingerprints and scratches easily, but are durable and easy to clean.
Glass kitchen cabinets:
Glass cabinets are often paired with wood cabinets to add texture and colour variation to a space. They help light move throughout the space, but because your dishes are noticeable, your cabinets and the items in them need to be organised and worth displaying.
How do I keep my drawers organised with my kitchen cabinet design?
Our kitchens are often stocked with a wide variety of tools and gadgets, so finding a way to organise them in a cohesive way can be a challenge. Pull out drawers or plastic bins can make deep cabinets more accessible, while modular drawer organisers can help keep cutlery, utensils and smaller items in check. A pull out larder can be a fantastic way to efficiently store food packets and tin cans and a corner cupboard can be furnished with a swing door unit for storing pots and pans out of sight. When it comes to spices, make sure you can find the right one when you need it by adding a spice rack. In the end, ensuring that each item has its own space will lead to more organised cabinets and drawers, which will lead to a better cooking experience.
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