Choosing Kitchen Cabinets – Three Big Questions

It’s the biggest decision you’ll make for your new kitchen. Not only do your kitchen cabinets largely dictate the overall appearance of your space, they’re also one of the most significant expenses involved in any renovation or build. This means that being sure about what you want and getting it right is absolutely essential for a number of reasons.

At Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms, we specialise in creating stunning, liveable modern kitchens, so we know a thing or two about cabinets. If you’re looking to make your new space all it can be, read on and keep these three questions in mind when choosing your cabinetry.

What kind of style do you want?

Cabinetmaking is one of the oldest and most respected trades in the world, with a history stretching back hundreds of years. This means that if you’re coming with an open mind, there are thousands of styles and millions of configurations to choose from when designing your cabinets. From rich, classical styles to sleeker contemporary designs, there’s so much to look at. Think carefully about the kind of look you want for your kitchen and what other design features you’ll include – this will help guide your decision.

What are they going to be made of?

Do you want full timber? Solid glass? Smaller decorative windows? What about using something more modern, like aluminium, polyethylene or high gloss-coated particleboard? Materials impact not just the range of available designs, but help to add texture to your space. Of course, they also define what kind of maintenance work you can expect, and what length of lifespan your cabinets will give you. While technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years and it’s now possible to get a range of appearances out of synthetic materials, there are some things you simply can’t replicate. For example, a rustic, country-style kitchen absolutely screams for solid timber.

How are you going to open them?

Less obvious but no less crucial is how you’re going to touch and interact with your cabinets. What they look like is important, but it’s the day to day opening and closing that will really determine how satisfied you are with the finished product. A huge range of mechanisms are available, from handle-less soft-touch cupboards, to lift up doors, bifold doors, sliders and more, so whatever space you have to work with, there’s something to suit you.