Choosing and Buying the Right Kitchen Cabinets for Your Home

February 18, 2011

There are so many different options available when you are shopping for new kitchen cabinets that it is easy to become rather overwhelmed rather quickly. There are some basics though, many that go beyond appearance which is what most people look at first, to keep in mind while you are hunting for the perfect new cabinets for your kitchen. Here are some of the most important:

Opt for a Certified Brand – When shopping for new cabinets at any store or in any showroom look for products that are certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer’s Association. This designation usually means that these are cabinets that meet some pretty high standards.

When the KCMA test a cabinet they really do put it through it paces – exposing it to extreme humidity then to extreme cold, and dousing its surface with things like vinegar and ketchup. The ones that pass the test do not show any significant ill effects from all this abuse so it is a fairly safe bet that they will function well in your kitchen as well.

Personalize Your Cabinet Storage Space – Today’s kitchen cabinets can be fitted with all kinds of rather neat extras to make kitchen storage neater and easier than ever before. From built in cookware organizers and in drawer space racks to neat pull out filler cabinets that make the most of every square inch of space, it pays to check out what additional storage options are available for use with the cabinets you choose.

Choose the Right Shade – If you are opting for wood or laminate kitchen cabinets, the shade you choose is every bit as important as any other styling detail. Lighter colored woods such as oak and maple will make your kitchen seem brighter and larger, while richer, darker woods like cherry and mahogany have a far more dramatic and “furniturey” feel when used to make kitchen cabinets.

Be Prepared – Before your kitchen cabinet installers head into the sunset with another job well done  under their belt, make sure you ask them about where you can pick up a “first aid” kit for your new cabinets for possible future use. Such a kit should contain colored wax or putty and paint or a marker in a color that matches your cabinet to cover up any accidental little dings that may occur over time as well as a few extra hinges, as they tend to wear out long before a good set of kitchen cabinets do.

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