Cabinets are one of the primary elements of a kitchen. As such, choosing kitchen cabinets can be really exciting. Picking out colors, finishes, hardware, and shelving layouts can be a lot of fun. As you do so, however, there are some common mistakes you'll want to avoid.
Mistake #1: Including a blind corner in your cabinet design.
Dealing with corner cabinets can be a little tough. In some cases, homeowners just put a cabinet in the corner and plan on reaching really deep into that corner cabinet. But often, this means that things end up getting shoved into this corner cabinet and then forgotten about. Avoid creating wasted space by choosing a more functional corner cabinet option. The lazy Susan is a tried and true option. Some people like to eliminate cabinets from the corner and put some open shelves in this spot instead. Ask your cabinet maker if they have any other ideas; they may have created some custom cabinet solutions for former clients.
Mistake #2: Choosing a textured door material or finish.
Even if you're a really tidy person, your kitchen cabinet doors are going to get dirty from time to time. When they do, you will want to be able to wipe them clean without resorting to a lot of scrubbing and scraping. This is tough if you choose a textured cabinet material. Avoid materials like knotty wood and heavy-grained composite. Instead, opt for cabinet doors made from smooth wood or MDF, and have them painted with a paint that has a little sheen and is easy to clean.
Mistake #3: Picking cheap or flimsy hardware.
Cabinet hardware gets a lot of wear and tear, especially when it comes to the hinges. So, this is not a place where you want to skimp to save a buck. Choose high-quality hardware made from brass, stainless steel, or another really hard and durable metal. Avoid aluminum and plastic hardware, which may bend or become detached from the cabinet. It is worth spending a little more on your hardware if it means you don't have to spend time or money replacing it in a couple of years.
If you avoid the mistakes above when choosing and designing kitchen cabinets, then you will be better off. You deserve to absolutely love the cabinets that you use every day, and you can ensure that you feel that way by choosing good hardware, a smooth finish, and a good corner design.
Contact a professional to learn more about kitchen cabinets.