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Things to Consider Before Installing New Cabinets

The kitchen is often considered the the heart of your home and should reflect your own personl style and authentic taste. Prior to jumping into the design process there are two main things you should consider before selecting your brand new kitchen cabinets.

Materials

Traditional cabinets are created using a variety of woods. A quick list of popular wood choices include red oak, white oak, hard maple, hickory, cherry, birch, ash, and pine. Each material has specific qualities, color, and grain. Grain refers to the longitudinal arrangement of wood fibers or the pattern on the surface of the wood. Some woods have very fine grain, creating a more contemporaty look, as opposed to other woods that have a heavier grain, resulting in a more traditional asethic.

Before renovating your kitchen be sure to brush up on which type of wood will best suite your needs. If you are prone to knocking and stratching your cabinets consider cherry wood or white oak, both materials are sturdy, durable, and able to withstand more than a couple dings.

Construction

The way your cabinets are built will have a noticable effect on their appearance. For example, wooden cabinet drawers can be created using dowels, rabbets, or dovetails. Kitchen cabinets constructed with dovetails will be more durable but will also require more wood to create. If longevity is something that is important to you, it would be a mistake not to consider the way your cabinets are constructed and how that will effect overall functionality. You want your kitchen to look beautiful and you also want it to function smoothly (and at a reasonable price)

If you are installing your cabinets yourself don't forget to dive into some research concerning these two points. If you have a design team at your deposal ask them about materials and construction and get their professional opinion before you start your kitchen cabinet project. You will be glad you did!


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