Friday, 8 August 2008

Cabinets For Your New Kitchen

Your cabinets have a significant impact on the appearance of your new kitchen. With tons of choices in colors and styles, you can find almost any look to create the kitchen of your dreams. One of the things you need to consider is whether you want to re-face or completely replace your cabinets. Also consider the amount of storage room you need and your budget.

When deciding whether to replace or re-face your cabinets, you should first think about the condition of your current kitchen cabinets. If changing the color or overall look of your cabinets is what you need, re-facing may be best for you. Re-facing is also good for faded or worn cabinets.

On the other hand, if you want to increase storage space and or redo the layout of your kitchen, you should probably replace your kitchen cabinets. Also, if your current cabinets are broken or falling off the walls, cabinet replacement is a must. Ask your kitchen remodeling contractor about what is the best choice for your kitchen!

Once you have decided whether you are going to replace or re-face your cabinets, you will want to familiarize yourself with the different cabinet materials. Here is a look at two of the most popular choices on the market today:

Solid Wood
Made entirely of natural wood, these cabinets are very sturdy and last longer than many other cabinet materials. Wood cabinets have a natural beauty and can be found in most colors and stains. Solid wood cabinets tend to have a higher price tag than other cabinet types, but their beauty and strength are hard to match. The wood used to make these cabinets is usually ash, birch, oak, maple, pine or poplar.

Solid Wood Features:

  • Strong and durable.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Naturally beautiful.
  • Offered in many colors, shades, and stains.
  • If you remodel often, wood can be re-stained to update its look for a low cost.

Laminate is often used for kitchen cabinets because it is durable and very easy to maintain. Laminate is made of several layers of stacked PVC plastic and topped with a decorative layer that may have a color or pattern embedded into it.

Laminate Features:

  • Very durable.
  • Affordable.
  • Easy to maintain and cleans well with soap and water.
  • Offered in a wide variety of colors and patterns.