We’ll be honest – there is no shortage of decisions to be made when undertaking a kitchen renovation. Cabinetry, picking your countertops, fixtures, and color schemes can leave your head spinning (this is where our professional designers come in handy). Knowing what’s out there and the level of investment you are able to make before you start your remodel can help eliminate some of the pressure and stress that is bound to come your way.
Different Types of Cabinetry
Shaker style cabinets are hands down one of the most popular cabinet styles on the market today and not without good reason. Traditional style Shaker cabinets typically come in oak, maple, and cherry and are characterized by a five-piece construction (four pieces to build the frame and one panel in the center). More modern takes include replacing the classic wood center panel with glass, creating an open and airy vibe.
One of the more modern cabinets styles available today, Flat Panel or Slab cabinets are highlighted by a single, frameless front panel. If you’re looking for something to modernize your space or love, Slab cabinets are a great choice.
Inset cabinets are ones in which the cabinet doors are set into the framework of the cabinetry versus sitting on top of the frame. Their flush-fitting appearance provides a sleek, clean look to any kitchen. With Inset cabinets, you will want to keep in mind that they provide less storage space than their overlay counterparts because the door is set within the frame. Additionally, if you live in a humid region, remember that wood can expand and may cause some rubbing between the door and the frame.
If you’ve been bitten by the rustic farmhouse bug, you’re probably familiar with beadboard cabinets. Similar to Shaker-style cabinets, these cabinets are typically made of 5 pieces of wood with vertical beads cut into the center panel. Popular in southern homes, beadboard cabinets definitely fall under “traditional” in terms of cabinetry but can work with most design aesthetics.
None of the above really speaking to you? Custom cabinetry is always available as an option. Be prepared though- the price tag associated with custom cabinetry can be a hefty one with little room for error.