Choosing kitchen cabinets often feels overwhelming. With so many choices, where do you even start?

While you could just browse Pinterest and home improvement blogs (which are both great ways to compare styles), it’s also a good idea to create an initial checklist to help narrow your options.

The one important thing to remember is you should always pick what’s best for you in the long term. After all, high-quality kitchen cabinets can last a lifetime or more.

1. Cabinet Door Styles

While it is important to think of things like what type of wood and finish you want, a top consideration when choosing kitchen cabinets is your cabinet door style. Your doors are the focal point of your cabinets. Choosing a door style can change the entire theme of your kitchen.

The Spruce lists eight of the most common varieties, but you’re always free to try something different or even mix styles together to create your own. For instance, you might mix glass insert doors with slab style doors for a modern, yet minimalist style kitchen.

2. Function Of Cabinets

Function should always be a consideration. For instance, an open shelving theme isn’t going to work well with cabinets that are going to be used for canned goods, stacks of cookies and snacks and other items that may make your kitchen seem more cluttered than organized.

If counter space is more important than storage space, you might choose to have your top cabinets much shorter to allow for taller appliances to sit on the counter. If you tend to use numerous smaller items, you may want cabinets with more drawers than shelves.

When considering function, also consider the layout. After all, the layout makes it easier to accomplish what you want. HGTV lists six popular layouts that will guide you in choosing your own.

3. Style Of Your Kitchen

Choosing kitchen cabinets isn’t quite as difficult if you know what the style of your kitchen is. Of course, if you’re doing a remodel, you may have plans to change all that. However, your cabinets should match your kitchen’s style. For instance, if you want a more rustic look, you wouldn’t want more ornate cabinet doors and bright white finishes. You probably wouldn’t have oddly shaped cabinets, such as corner cabinets.

If you’re scratching your head and trying to figure out a theme, don’t worry. Before you shop or work with a designer, check out these styles from Houzz and Cabin Life.

4. Mixing With Hardware

Usually, hardware is the last thing anyone thinks about. But, think about how much of a style impact door and drawer handles make. You can take basic slab style doors and drawer faces and spice them up with vintage hardware or funky pop culture/hobby style hardware. For instance, if you’re creating a farmhouse theme, you might play around a bit with farm animal and tool shaped hardware.

5. Custom Sizes And Shapes

Stock cabinets are wonderful, especially when you’re in a hurry, such as after major water damage from your dishwasher fritzing out. However, choosing kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean you have to settle for standard sizing only. Custom kitchen cabinets are ideal for anyone who needs special sizing and shapes. For instance, maybe you need a cabinet that’s three inches shorter than all your other top cabinets to place your espresso machine under. You might have a corner where you want a large free-standing cabinet that functions much like an island.

6. Organization Style

Finally, think about your organization style. Do you want cabinets that offer more space on the outsides for hanging pans or something with custom shelving for stacking pots and pans? This is where custom cabinets really help. You’re able to get more organization options, such as various sizing for different types of items. You’re also able to mix and match styles a bit to create a theme that’s all your own. For instance, you may have two cabinets that are nothing but drawers and glass insert top cabinets for showcasing your best china.

Are you ready to start choosing kitchen cabinets now? Contact us today to learn more about our custom kitchen cabinetry services.

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