If you’re thinking about a kitchen remodel, it’s easy to lose yourself in the countertop materials and commercial-grade appliances. You should also spend some time thinking about your kitchen cabinets since you will use them constantly and they can last for decades. By considering your options, you can imagine different designs and determine which one is best for your home.
Replacing kitchen cabinets costs $3,000 to $10,000, but it depends on a lot of factors. Linear feet is the biggest indicator since someone who has a bigger kitchen will probably buy more cabinets. The price depends on the project, as well. If you are replacing the faces but keeping the boxes in place, you’ll spend less than if you are replacing them entirely.
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There are many cabinet types, and the right one for you depends on how you use them and your overall design plan for the kitchen. Keep in mind that much of what you see as a cabinet style are actually cabinet face types. It’s important to know the difference, especially if you want something like an open-face or frameless style. Here are a few of the most popular cabinets and cabinet faces.
Shaker cabinets have been the standard for at least a decade now. This cabinet face type has a basic design with inset panels and simple, straight pulls. In most cases, the cabinets are white, although they might be painted black or gray. It’s a stark difference from the wood grain styles of the 1980s and 1990s with an elaborate carving on the cabinet faces.
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Slatted kitchen cabinets contain a lot of variety, depending on the amount of texture you want. Some slat kitchen cabinets are very similar to shaker cabinets, with an inset panel that has wood slats set side by side. They are fairly flat and do not add a lot of texture to the cabinetry. Others might be as textured as a window shutter, with layered louvers. Some retro styles set the slats perpendicular to the cabinet, adding the maximum amount of texture. It’s a popular choice for mid-century and even some minimalist designs.
Flat cabinets are becoming a strong competitor to the shaker cabinets, for their simplicity. Flat cabinets are designed to practically melt into the wall, with a seamless look that offers clean lines and no gaps. You’ll find it in most minimalist kitchens, as well as kitchens for homeowners who favor a modern European aesthetic. Although these cabinets usually come with pulls, there are styles that allow you to avoid them entirely.
Open face kitchen cabinets take the cabinet face out of the equation completely by removing them. If you prefer the clean look of shelves, but you want something that is sturdier, or if you want to showcase your beautiful dishes, mugs, and cookware, open cabinets might be a good choice. Although many homeowners choose to keep them entirely open for easy access, you can also add glass cabinet doors.
Frameless cabinets are popular because they make the cabinets look like they are truly built-in. Most cabinets have a frame that sits at the front of the cabinet, to make a place for the cabinet face to attach. Frameless cabinets are essentially an open box. With this design, you can install the face on the inside of the cabinet, so that the doors close into a uniform layout.
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If you think that a straight line of upper cabinets is a little boring, staggered wall cabinets could be a wise alternative. These cabinets might be the same size, but their placement is a little off from the ones next to them. In some cases, you might install a slightly taller cabinet as a way to create a focal point in the kitchen.
Although you may decide to install cabinets that are all the same color, accent cabinets are also a popular choice. Accent cabinets might be freestanding or a permanent installation in the kitchen. For example, you could install cabinets in gray with an accent cabinet in blue or white.
The cost of the average kitchen remodel depends on the extent of the project. Minor updates that don’t change the layout or replace the cabinets might cost $20,000 to $50,000. If you’re aiming for a major kitchen overhaul, perhaps with a bump-out for extra space and all the best materials, you can expect to pay $100,000 or more.
If you have kitchen cabinets that are built to last, you might be able to give them a new life without replacing them. It’s common to replace the cabinet faces, drawer fronts, and pulls. Instead of upgrading to new cabinetry, consider retrofits like bread box inserts for kitchen cabinets. You can also change the color. You’ll be more likely to stay current with white or wood cabinets, but you could go trendy with blue or green if you want.
Although you can get cabinets for as little as $75 per linear foot, it’s better to invest in something that you can keep for more than five or 10 years. The most durable kitchen cabinets are custom, although you may get a decent return on your investment with semi-custom cabinets. If you plan to pay at least $300 per linear foot, you’ll get better quality.
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