Kitchen cabinets are usually the core of any kitchen. They can be highlighted by appliances such as refrigerator, stove, cooktop, dishwasher and microwave, or these appliances can be modified to blend using panels that match your cabinets.
Shopping for them can be intimidating, especially for a first time buyer. There are hundreds / thousands of large closet companies, and many smaller custom shops, where you can get any closet made of whatever kind of wood your mind can imagine. Add to that list the explosion of importers of Chinese kitchen cabinets, and manufacturers of laminates, and suddenly the list can be overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that the higher price always means high quality in construction or more features available.
In the past, price has always been the way to categorize cabinets. Traditionally, high quality cabinets simply cost more money. As I mentioned before, with more and more importers meeting the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) building standards, some of the kitchen cabinets may offer a sturdier box than the traditional, custom-made cabinet. Regardless of the type of kitchen cabinet that you decide to go with, it does not take much effort to spend tens of thousands of dollars in the actual cabinets.
Most manufacturers create their base and wall cabinets in standard sizes. The base cabinets are often 34.5 inches high and 24 inches deep. They come in widths starting at 12 inches and can go up to 48 inches, often in increments of 3 inches. Wall cabinets are often 12 inches deep and 30 inches or 42 inches high. They also come in the same size widths as the base cabinets. Wall cabinets also come in various heights and different depths for locations such as over the refrigerator or over the microwave / hood range unit. With custom kitchen cabinets, you have even more options available, since they will be created specifically for your kitchen space.
Pay particular attention to the materials used to build the cabinets. Some of them are made with minimal quality engineering wood, chipboard or fiber boards . If you plan to load a wall cabinet with heavy traditional porcelain, the weight of the dishes can cause the cabinet to melt over time. This is especially true when it comes to the semi-custom cabinets that branded brand manufacturers sell in big stores (and that’s why price is not always an accurate indicator of cabinet quality). Many of the kitchen cabinet manufacturers use solid sides of plywood, which obviously creates a stronger box than a particleboard or fibreboard box.