If the cabinets in your kitchen are noticeably sagging, leaning, or falling apart before your very eyes, then perhaps it’s time to consider a kitchen overhaul complete with brand new cabinetry. Heck, you might want to undertake renovations even if your cabinets are in decent shape but they’ve become outdated or they’re simply not very functional for your space and/or your needs. Of course, demolishing your kitchen in order to replace the cabinets is bound to be a time-consuming process fraught with hassles and expense. For one thing, you won’t have a usable kitchen space until your renovations are complete, and the noise, dust, and eating out are going to get to you over time, especially considering a kitchen remodel will take at least several weeks to finish. In short, you should really take the time to think about whether or not it’s worth it. And here are just a few things you’ll want to consider when you go shopping for high-quality kitchen cabinetry.
- Materials and construction. If you aren’t concerned about the quality of your cabinetry or how long it will last, then head right over to IKEA for some cheap, laminate options at a low price. If, however, you’re looking for something that’s going to last as long as you’re in your home and well beyond, without showing signs of wear and tear, then you need to take a closer look at the materials and construction. You’ll pay for quality, no doubt, but you want to make sure that you’re getting what you pay for with the level of resources and craftsmanship. For this reason, you’ll probably want to avoid laminates and particle board in favor of solid wood construction. And if you see dovetail or mortise-and-tenon joints used rather than a simple miter or lap, you’re in business.
- Scalability options. You don’t want to find yourself too limited when it comes to finding the cabinetry that works best for your kitchen. But rather than shelling out beaucoup bucks for custom cabinets, you’d probably like to at least try to find pre-fab options that will meet your needs, providing you with the quality and function you seek for just a little less money. In this case you’ll need to find a company that has options for scalability, including cabinetry of varying sizes, shapes, and configurations, as well as interior options like moveable shelving, rolling shelves, and so on.
- Cost of unit and installation. Any time you’re undertaking a home improvement project, cost is of paramount concern. Of course, you stand to see a good return on investment with kitchen upgrades, but the more you spend, the less you’re likely to get back. Still, quality and usability is important, not only during your time in the house, but when it comes to making a future sale. So don’t hesitate to comparison shop and try to get the best price you can for quality goods and services.
- Reclaimed options. You don’t necessarily have to buy brand new cabinets in order to get the quality you crave. In fact, reclaimed and refurbished options could help you to find the high-quality wood, hardware, and construction you’re looking for at an eminently affordable cost.
- Functional amenities. Whether you’re going for custom solutions or looking at online outlets like exotic home expo for the extras that will make your kitchen one-of-a-kind, you need to consider how functional amenities like hardware, shelving, organizers, and other items can add to the value of your cabinetry. Luckily, any extras that don’t come installed can likely be added later on.