The Ins and Outs of Custom CabinetryJuly 9, 2014
Sizing Up Your New KitchenJuly 23, 2014
So you’ve brushed up on your cabinetry vocabulary, and learned the true meaning of the words “custom cabinetry”—now what? Now it’s time to break down the various costs associated with choosing custom cabinetry, and the elements that will truly make them unique to you. The NKBA estimates that about 29 percent of a kitchen budget consists of cabinetry and hardware—by far the largest single expense—with installation (overall) taking up about 17 percent of the budget. Let’s take deeper look into the details that make cabinetry such an important investment.
Your kitchen’s configuration will affect the price of your kitchen—one of the biggest reasons to have a certified kitchen designer on your side. For example, a wall oven/cooktop combo will cost more than a free-standing range, and certain drawer configurations will also be more expensive. Even the shape of your kitchen will affect the overall cost; U-shaped versus L-shaped, island or no island—each option will shape the outcome of your budget, unless you shape your budget first! Working with a designer from the beginning can help save you money on expensive redesigns down the line.
How a cabinet is constructed has a big impact on the price of the cabinets. High-end cabinets can attribute half or more of their cost to the construction process. Again, working with a kitchen designer is an essential part of understanding the construction behind your cabinet options. What combination of hand and machine processes are involved in the manufacturing process? Does the manufacturer use any special or patented techniques that set them apart from their competitors?
Learn a few additional cabinetry vocabulary words, like:
- Particle board—Engineered wood product made from particles and wood chips, fused with an adhesive into boards and/or panels.
- Medium density fiberboard (MDF)—Also an engineered wood product, also made of wood fibers; this option has a finer texture than particle board, and is also denser and heavier.
- Plywood—A third type of engineered wood product, plywood is made of layers of “plies” (thin wood) which are glued together.
Door Style and Finish
When it comes to style, a simpler door will cost less than a door with more details—no surprises there. Look at various styles—full and traditional overlay, inset doors and those mounted over the cabinet frame—to better understand the relationship between style and pricing. Don’t forget to factor in hardware, which will also affect cost.
Ask about the price difference for painted versus stained cabinets, as well as the cost of glazing. Distressed finishes also add to the price, but homeowners often love the unique look it offers.
Looking for more information on how to find the right cabinetry for your kitchen remodel? Stop in to the Cabinets & Designs showroom to speak with one of our certified kitchen designers today.