Have you settled on a style for your new kitchen, but aren’t sure how that helps you choose a set of kitchen cabinets? Not to worry. That is a totally normal problem to have. While “country chic” or “modern minimalist” are easy ideas to fall in love with, whether or not your cabinet doors have a front frame is a little less to lust over. Here we’ll break down some of the different aspects of kitchen cabinets to help you choose the right set for your style.
While on the topic of front frames, let’s start with door styles. Should you go with framed or frameless kitchen cabinets? Your deciding factor here is whether you prefer traditional or contemporary. Framed cabinets are classic, and resemble a picture frame when you open your cabinet door. The door is attached to the cabinet’s frame, and include raised panel or recessed panel details. The frameless look is a little more modern and minimal, and gives you easier access inside your cabinets, since the door is attached to the side of the cabinet box. When in doubt, Shaker kitchen cabinets are a popular choice in both modern and traditional homes.
Stock vs. Custom Cabinets
Another term you’ll hear thrown around a lot in your cabinet search is custom. Custom has this allure of being better because it sounds made-for-you, and who doesn’t want that kind of first-class treatment? The truth is that custom cabinets aren’t necessarily better. They are just sized to fit your kitchen perfectly, and allow you to pick the finish, material and hardware you want. Made to order can take a lot of time and money out of your remodeling project, so it makes sense to look into stock or semi-custom cabinets first.
Stock cabinets are premade (and typically the least expensive), but are a perfectly good option as long as they are constructed with quality materials. Alternatively, you can go with semi-custom, which sort of blends the best of both worlds. You get a little more leeway in your choices, without the cost and lead time of truly custom cabinets. Take advantage of the RTA Store’s free kitchen design service to get the custom look without the custom price tag, and choose from a vast selection of quality, ready to assemble or pre assembled kitchen cabinets and accessories.
Your cabinet choices don’t stop with the cabinets themselves. You also have to pick the perfect hardware. When it comes to knobs and pulls, there are many shapes, sizes, designs and finishes to choose from. If you want something traditional, indulge in the intricate designs and unusual finishes. If you’re trying to keep your kitchen modern, go with the smooth, sleek lines that are stunning but simple.
If the functionality of your kitchen cabinets is just as important as their look, don’t forget about optimizing storage as well. Inside cabinet accessories like spice racks and cookware organizers can really make your kitchen cabinets more functional.
At The RTA Store we help make your dream kitchen a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled kitchen cabinets, and accessories with the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your kitchen dreams come true with the help of our free kitchen design tool!