Kitchen Remodeling
 

The World of Kitchen Cabinets
By: Khieng Chho

 

Perhaps the most prominent feature of any kitchen would be the cabinets. They occupy a significant portion of the kitchen area and are the ones that people would usually first notice when entering the room. Among all other components of the kitchen, cabinets are the ones that carry a kitchen?s personality the most. Not even the floors, walls, or ceilings can match with the cabinet?s presence in the kitchen. Cabinets comprise the most significant portion of the entire kitchen cost. With this understanding, it can be inferred that careful planning and consideration should be taken when purchasing or building a kitchen cabinet. This is one part of the kitchen that one should not be careless about.

There are three common types of kitchen cabinets. Each has its own sets of pros and cons as well as their purposes for the kitchen owner. It is a very important matter to consider from which of these groups a homeowner should choose from.

The first type of kitchen cabinets is the traditional ones ? those that are built by carpenters on the actual kitchen. These cabinets are built to last; therefore the materials used in making them are of top quality. Usually, medium hardwood is used in building these cabinets. Among the commonly used kinds of wood are ash and birch, which are sturdier than maple, cherry, oak, or other woods used in making furniture. Different styles of cabinets can be made from the mentioned types of wood, depending on the taste of the homebuilder. These types of cabinets are best for permanent homes because of the great investment one has to make in order to build them. When choosing this kind of cabinets, it is important to carefully consider the builders. The carpenter who would make the cabinet and the painter who would make the finishing should be good enough for a homeowner to invest in. These types of kitchen cabinets should match the design and strength of other furniture in the house.

The second type of kitchen cabinets can be bought from stores. These cabinets are manufactured in factories for mass distribution. A lot of such cabinets are collapsible and can easily be reassembled wherever they are needed. This type of cabinet is ideal for those who do not plan to stay at a certain house for a long time, or those who move frequently. Such cabinets are quite cheap and are available almost anywhere and anytime. The downside is that the designs of such kitchen cabinets are rather limited and there is no guarantee that they would fit kitchens perfectly. Nevertheless they serve their purposes of storing food and supplies well enough.

The third type of kitchen cabinets are manufactured in factories but are custom-designed to fit a client?s specifications. Usually these cabinets are made of hardwoods that are finished with veneers and laminates. The best examples of this type of cabinets are usually multi-layered with specially baked-on finishing, which makes them very durable and attractive at the same time. The designs and options for storage are endless. One can add different kinds of drawers, sliding shelves, pull-out pantries, and any other components that can fit into the space involved. Such cabinets are usually installed by specially-skilled builders that concentrate in cabinet making.

It is important to consider all options before deciding which kind of cabinet are to be installed in a kitchen. There are many resources about the matter; one just needs to look in the local library, the yellow pages, or the internet to be immersed in the world of kitchen cabinets.

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