4 Things Tampa Homeowners Need to Know about Kitchen Cabinets


Cabinetry is one of the most important visual aspects when redesigning a kitchen. And with good reason; cabinets take up a large portion of your kitchen, and also tend to draw the eye. Your choice of cabinetry can really set the tone for the rest of your home’s kitchen design. There are many factors to consider before deciding on cabinetry for your kitchen.

Plan and Budget First
Decide on a kitchen layout before you decide on which cabinets to buy. Map out your kitchen with permanent fixtures such as doors, windows, vents and entryways mapped out. Be sure to also plan around major appliances, whether they be your existing ones or new ones who plan to purchase along with your redesign.
Plan for your cabinetry to take up a large portion of your redesign budget. If redesigning your entire kitchen at once, spending 40% of your budget on your cabinetry would not be uncommon.

Cabinetry Comes in Four Grades
The quality scale for cabinetry comes in four grades:

  • Ready-to-Assemble (RTA): Designed with budgets in mind, these cabinetry options are boxed and sold in chain stores, ready to be assembled and installed at home. Options are limited in terms of style and size. While the cost is low, the project will still require a lot of skill to properly install, so you may still wish to have a professional install the cabinetry.
  • Stock: These mass-produced cabinets are pre-sized (typically in 3” increments) and cannot be customized to fit special kitchen designs, but serve as an economical choice. Most are made of either laminated particle board or more economical solid wood. While size, colors and accessories are limited, if a design and size works for your kitchen, it should not be discounted from your options.
  • Semi-Custom: Generally viewed as mid-range for budgeting, these made-to-order cabinet options are made of higher quality materials and offer some sizing customization for a better fit in your kitchen. They also come with more options for accessorizing and usually offer more styles and colors from which to choose. Installation is often included with the price.
  • Custom:  With total control in size, style, material and finish, these high-end, made-to-order cabinets will cost the most but give the most personalized touch to your kitchen. Sizes are tailored to fit your kitchen precisely, to get the exact look you want. Installation and delivery of the custom cabinetry to your Tampa home are usually included in the cost.

To Frame or Not to Frame?
Frames on the cabinet doors can greatly affect the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. Frames can offer a classic look to your kitchen, while a more modern appeal can be attained by using cabinetry without frames.

Finishing Touches
Wood cabinetry comes in a variety of finishes including fainted, glazed, stained, stressed, and antiqued. It is best to pick a finish that is not too bold, as you may tire of it in a few years and need to invest again in another redesign. Picking something you can live with for a long time is always a safe bet.

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