If you’re renovating part or all of your kitchen, the choice of cabinet style will be a big consideration since they take up such a large amount of the visual real estate in your kitchen. If you’re going to the trouble of remodeling this room, you may as well use design elements that will stand the test of time. If you plan to sell your house someday, overly ornate or personalized cabinetry that you love may repulse prospective buyers. The following are some time-tested cabinet types that will still give you plenty of choice in crafting a kitchen you’ll love walking into every day.
The door of this popular cabinet style consists of a vertical piece on either side and a horizontal piece on the top and on the bottom with a larger recessed panel in the middle. This style blends easily with other kitchen design elements such as various types of countertops, and it can even mix well with other cabinet types such as those with a flat front or glass front. Their relative popularity means they are commonly available, which also means that you should be able to get some for a good price.
In appearance, beadboard resembles a series of vertical boards fitted together. In reality, however, the material for these types of cabinets is usually made as a single piece with vertical grooves throughout to make it look like separate pieces of wood fitted together. This style is definitely more detailed and textured than most other basic cabinet types and may not be for someone who’s shooting for a minimalist look for their kitchen. With all the grooves, they can also make cleaning a bit more of a challenge.
Plywood is a fairly common construction material if you’re going for a basic and natural look to your cabinetry that is warm and inviting. Its greatest benefit over lumber is that plywood will not shrink and expand with temperature and moisture changes, which are rampant in any kitchen. This means they won’t be prone to warping over the long haul. You can use a clear finish to preserve the visual appeal of its grain, or you can paint it any color you like.
As the name implies, this cabinetry style is about as minimalist as you can get with no framing or other panels to it. It can work well in a variety of kitchens including contemporary and modern, and as you can imagine, its completely flat surface makes cleaning a breeze.
Unfinished Wood Cabinets
This may not be the best choice for longevity since moisture can warp the wood over time, but it’s hard to beat this choice when going for a completely natural look to your cabinetry. This is also one of the cheapest options available for your kitchen cabinets.
The literal transparency of this style choice immediately makes it stick out from all the other options above. It could be considered impractical in the sense that glass can break more easily, yet it’s also very practical in that it lets you see what’s in the cabinet before you’ve even opened it. Given the potential breaking problem, you won’t want to use glass cabinets below countertop height. As an added benefit, they mix well with shaker or flat-front cabinets that you can use in those lower areas where an inadvertent knee movement might take out a glass cabinet.
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Custom Cabinetry for Your Home
If you live in the foothills of North Carolina, then Walker Woodworking is your one-stop-shop for all your custom cabinet and woodworking needs. Located 45 miles west of Charlotte, we’ve been producing locally-manufactured cabinetry since 1999. We can provide beautiful, custom storage solutions for any room in your home. If you’re looking for distinctive cabinets for your kitchen, then most of what’s available off-the-shelf at retail stores will not do. Contact us and we’ll find out how we can make your kitchen stick out from the ordinary at a price you can afford.