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Tips to Buy The Right Cabinets

As the numbers of home sales are dropping and the tighter restrictions in the mortgage industry, it's getting harder for homeowners to sell their homes. Perhaps to increase their home value, homeowners are taking great care to renovate their kitchens.

White shaker kitchen cabinets

In the kitchen renovation, your white shaker kitchen cabinets present the largest expenditure in your remodeling budget. Because they are the centerpiece of your kitchen, many of the renovation decisions of your kitchen will be based on your cabinet choice. The other things like appliances, hardware and countertop decision will depend on the style and layout of your kitchen cabinets.

To start the renovation, you can either ask for a kitchen designer or do it by yourself. If you want to do that by yourself, there are several factors that you should consider like the cost of cabinets, wood types, construction and features. Do some research before buying cabinets but remember that a higher price doesn't always correspond with higher quality.

To make things easy, few kitchen cabinet buying tips may help you in your kitchen cabinet research.

Wood Choices

Whether you choose custom made cabinets, stock or RTA cabinets, they will all come with a wide range of wood choices. Cabinets such as Oak, Hickory, Maple, Cherry typically cost more than veneer or laminate finished cabinets.


Face Framed Kitchen Cabinets

Face framed kitchen cabinets is the most prevalent kitchen cabinet construction type and are lower in price. This construction type involved the building of kitchen cabinet face out of hardwood pieces. Usually, the construction size is 1X2 vertical and horizontal hardwood pieces.

Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

In today kitchen style, frameless kitchen cabinets construction is becoming increasingly popular and these cabinets are considering to be more contemporary. These kitchen cabinet doors are attached directly to the side of the cabinet and are secured with dowels and pins. This style of construction is wider access into the cabinet space and the hinges are completely hidden.

Proper Finishes of Kitchen Cabinet

There is a various range of kitchen cabinet finishes to choose from when using natural woods. Finishes such as paint, stain and glazing are great options for cabinets. Also, there are many other types of laminates that you can choose from.

Kitchen Cabinet Sizes

Kitchen cabinets come in a variety of standard shapes and sizes, however, custom sizes can also be easily specified and manufactured - at a price. Standards kitchen cabinet sizes, known as stock cabinets, are usually much more affordable than custom or semi-custom cabinets and usually have shorter lead times. Most manufacturers, unless custom built, stock universal sizes so if you have a kitchen designed at a supply store or by a designer it will usually be transferable to another cabinet line.

Kitchen Cabinet Quality

If you're planning to live in your home for many years, don't skimp on your kitchen cabinets. They are the most used and only sturdiest will stand the test of time. The best quality kitchen cabinets employ solid frames, drawers and doors with fully self-contained along with reinforced corners.


As mention above, it's important to look for cabinets that have a plywood box versus fiberboard or particleboard. This is the reason it's important to look at all the available cabinet lines, even the cabinets that are sold online.


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