New cabinets can convert a dated and often inefficient kitchen into a functional, organized, and multitasking space. No need to be confused with the array of finishes and options at many price points. With nearly 7.6 million homeowners remodeling their kitchens every year, the heart of the home is the center of attention.
Where in your most used rooms are cabinets searching for a home?
Get smart about your choices:
- Look for products certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association or similar, which are subject to tests that replicate years of normal kitchen abuse. Certified cabinets survive exposure to humidity, temperatures ranging from –5 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and dousing of kitchen mainstays like vinegar, lemon, fruit juices, ketchup, and coffee without showing signs of blistering, discoloration, or other damage.
- Stock and custom cabinets are the most popular types on the market. Stock items provide quick delivery and an array of accessory options like furniture feet and full-extension glides. Custom models offer a wider range of sizes, finishes, and styles. Custom cabinets, while a bit more expensive are often more dramatic and functional because the cabinets are designed for the space. They often look and function better for you.
Today’s cabinets include user-friendly options such as full extension roll-out shelves so you won’t scrape your knuckles as you reach for items buried deep in back. Large drawers in base cabinets can hold pots, pans, and dry goods; they’re as popular as pull-out recycling bins. Built-in open-storage systems like wine racks and china displays look sharp even when empty.