Cabinet Styles

Cabinets are one of the most important features in a home. They provide places for storage and organization as well as adding a splash of style and color to a room. There are many different types and styles of cabinets to choose from, but not everyone is useful in every room.

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Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are designed to fit the style and space for your specific room, giving you the most flexibility out of all the types of cabinets. However, great flexibility comes at a higher cost and is the reason why this route is the most expensive. The construction of custom cabinets is most of the time, with dowels, dovetails, and mortise-and-tenon joints, and a lack of particleboard. The designs and quality between the cabinetmaker and designer can also make or break a successful cabinet.

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Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-Custom cabinets are the widely common and popular choices for most homes. They are less expensive, but also limits your personal customization compared to the custom cabinets and won’t last as long as the custom-built cabinets. However, this can be an advantage when you feel the need to remodel the kitchen from the cottage/farmhouse feel to a more modern and clean style. These cabinets are seen in stores such as Home Depot, Ikea, and Lowes. There are many options for styles and colors, which is an advantage.

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Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets are typically the cheapest in expense and quality and are readily available in stores and online, which is an advantage. Nevertheless, there are some companies that offer a higher quality and more luxurious type of cabinet, so this is also an option. That being said, they are the hardest to design spaces around, due to their prefabrication. However, that doesn’t make them impossible to use. Many rooms, such as the bathroom, can use them as a stand-alone piece or towel storage in that one empty, awkward corner. You’ve probably seen these before as storage spaces in the garage, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and bonus rooms without even knowing.

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Door Styles, Materials & Finishes

There are many different types of door styles, face constructions, materials, and finishes to choose from to design your room. Some of the door styles included Shaker, Revere, Mission as well as recessed, raised and flat panels just to name a few. Other face constructions include face-frame cabinets, which have raised borders around the face of the cabinet doors running horizontally (called rails) and vertically (called stiles), and the frameless construction type of or Euro Style, which is the more modern, clean style with a completely flat face.

Materials and finishes also have a say in how you want your cabinets to look. Different types of wood or grain patterns can help you to make your room feel a certain way. Knowing what’s in trend for types of wood helps. Maple and alder are the popular choices currently, while cherry was popular 15 years ago and oak, 25 years. Finishes, such as stains, paints, and secondary finishes will have an affect of your overall aesthetic for your room.


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