5 Big Questions to Ask Before Ordering Custom Cabinets

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5 Big Questions to Ask Before Ordering Custom Cabinets

One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is to invest in your kitchen. People are spending more time in the kitchen as quality home-cooked meals make a comeback. Stylish and functional kitchens are thus currently desirable. Installing custom cabinets in your kitchen is a great way to increase its aesthetic and functional value. 

Custom cabinets are designed and installed according to your desired size and style specifications. Storage lockers can be adapted to fit any existing kitchen’s needs. These cabinets often include special features that clients request, such as a beverage station. 

5 Factors to Consider Before Ordering Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The endless number of possible choices can overwhlem most homeowners. Discussed below are the five potential big questions you should consider if you plan to upgrade your kitchen with custom cabinets.

1. How Long Will Your Kitchen Cabinets Last?

Most homeowners want their kitchen cabinets to last for a long time. Quality kitchen cabinets with high-quality hardware are made to last for decades.  

In the past, homeowners typically upgraded their kitchens every 10 years because of fashion trends. You should consider classically tasteful designs that will outlive the current trend even in 10 years or more. 

2. Where Will Your Basic Kitchen Appliances Go?

Essential kitchen appliances like microwaves and ovens should be strategically placed in the kitchen. In the past, these appliances used to be exposed and sometimes awkwardly placed. Interior design and kitchen equipment have become sophisticated.  For example, it is now common to integrate the microwave into your cabinet space. 

Plan a location for your microwave and oven in your custom cabinet space. Do you want the microwave and oven located next to each other, or would you want the microwave below the countertop?

Refrigerators can also blend into your counters.  Make sure you size out your refrigerator appropriately and locate it where it is easy to open the doors. Do you want cabinet depth or standard depth? Do you want a stainless steel finish or cabinet panels for appliances to have a blended look ?

Do not make your kitchen appliances an afterthought. 

3. What Is Your Budget?

If you are remodeling your kitchen, you will typically spend half of your total budget on custom cabinets. The craftsmanship and materials used account for most of this cost. Custom cabinets can range anywhere from $100 to $2,000 a linear foot depending on the quality, size and cabinetry features.

Make a list of the requirements before commencing your custom cabinet installation. Such an approach will ensure that you get everything that you desire without straining your pocket. A professional can advise you on where to cut or not cut costs, allowing you to obtain what you like within an affordable budget.

4. What Space Is Available in Your Kitchen 

The available space in your kitchen will decide how much you can fit. Consult a professional, as they will need to measure the space to fit custom cabinets accurately. 

Smaller spaces may require more intricate designs, as they will need to be creative in order to be functional. Larger areas will allow for more available options.

5. What Materials to Choose for Your Cabinets?

Cabinet Materials determine quality and cost.  Here are the two most common materials used to build cabinets.

  1. Solid wood. Looks nice and there are many paint or stain options.  With all wood, it is susceptible to water damage.
  2. Laminates. Water resistant and less expensive than solid wood.  Not a recyclable and could peel off if damaged. 
  3. Particleboard
  4. MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

Some material processing techniques may leave formaldehyde, which is dangerous, in the kitchen. Always consider nontoxic green cabinetry. 

Custom Kitchen Cabinetry Services in St. Louis 

The overall quality of a custom cabinet depends on the maker’s craftsmanship and attention to detail.  At E&B Granite, we offer premier kitchen remodeling, including installing custom cabinets. Contact us for the best quality work. 

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