Cabinetry 101: The Best Cabinet Designs for Your Space

Are you about to undertake a full kitchen remodel or are you simply looking to give your cooking space a fresh appearance? Either way, you’ll want to install new cabinets in your kitchen. Even if installing new cabinets is the only thing you do in your kitchen, it’s enough to completely transform the space.

Because cabinets claim so much floor and wall space and they tend to be the most expensive item in a kitchen remodel, they’re be the focal point of your new kitchen. You can alter the look and feel of the entire space by installing new cabinets.

Understanding Your Options

Whether you already know how you want your new cabinets to look or your goal is to get more storage for your kitchen gadgets, it’s important that you’re familiar with the various options available to you.

Here are some of the kitchen cabinets you can choose from:

  • Custom Cabinets: While custom cabinets are the most expensive option, they’re the choice that permits the greatest design flexibility. Custom cabinets are made with the highest quality materials, as well. Custom cabinets are the smart choice if you need a custom design to make the most of the space in a kitchen that’s small or one that has an odd shape. When choosing custom cabinets, you have an unlimited selection of finishes and woods.
  • Semi-Custom Cabinets: Semi-Custom cabinets are a popular choice because they’re functional and versatile and available at cost less than custom cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets offer many of the design features available with custom cabinets, but you will find less variety in woods and finishes. If your heart is set on natural Cherry cabinets that don’t show any sap marks or other naturally occurring wood characteristics, possibly semi-custom cabinets are not for you.
  • Stock Cabinets: Stock cabinets offer the least amount of customization and the fewest number of options when compared to custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets. By limiting options, stock cabinets can save you money. If you’re on a tight budget for your kitchen remodel, stock cabinets are your best choice. A good designer can help you get the most kitchen for your money.
  • Construction Choices

    There are basically two types of construction methods used to make cabinets: framed and frameless construction. Framed cabinets have vertical stiles and horizontal rails that cover the cabinet box. This kind of construction is more conventional than frameless construction.

    Frameless construction is often called Euro style because the style originated in Europe. Frameless construction eliminates the frame and creates a modern look. Frameless construction makes the most of interior cabinet space.

    Door / Drawer Options

    When it comes to the doors for your new kitchen cabinets, you have a nearly unlimited number of styles to choose from. Here are some of them:

  • Doors with Raised Panels
  • Doors with Recessed Panels
  • Doors Made Using Mitered Construction
  • Flat Panel Doors
  • If you get custom kitchen cabinets, you can choose any kind of door you want. With Semi-Custom cabinets, you’ll still have plenty of choices, but you won’t have as many options as you would if you installed custom cabinets instead. If you choose stock cabinets, the selection for your new cabinets will be more limited than with custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets, but you should be able to find a door style you will like and enjoy for years to come.

    Construction Materials and Cabinet Finish

    Kitchen cabinets can be built using various wood species, such as Cherry, Oak, Maple and Alder. If you’re going with custom cabinets, your selection of wood species will be more varied than if you’re choosing semi-custom cabinets or stock cabinets.

    Whether you choose paint or stain for your cabinet finish, you will want to see samples from the dealer you’re working with and make sure the color matches your expectations. White painted cabinets and gray painted cabinets are very popular, but if that’s not for you, stained finishes let the beauty of the wood come through, and many people choose stains.

    The key is to pick the finish color that works with the wood you choose. The wood and finish you select for your cabinets will have a big impact on your finished space, so investing the time to make your selections will pay off in the end.

    Contact Craig Allen Designs

    If you want new kitchen cabinets, we can help you make all the right choices. Based on your input and preferences, we’ll create a custom cabinet design for your kitchen. Contact Craig Allen Designs to learn more today.