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5 Rules For Cabinet Shopping




Whether you’re going shopping cabinets for the first time or you’re simply updating your existing kitchen, there are two ways this process can play out. It can either be fun or overwhelming. We’re here to help you make the best choices with 5 rules you need to consider when you go cabinet shopping.



Buying a house or apartment for the first time is an exciting process. Most of the time, you’ll need to renovate and update a kitchen or a bath to fit your needs. And even if you’re the first real estate buyer, you’ll still need to buy kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Those who are updating their existing kitchen after a decade or two will face the same challenges.


The cabinetry industry has changed a lot and even if you were an expert back in the day, new rules apply. And with so many choices you’ll need to make simultaneously, we’ll make it easier for you by laying them out for you in advance.



Shopping for kitchen cabinets locally vs. online


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Local stores offer showrooms where you can check out the cabinets. Seeing a cabinet up close can make a difference when shopping as you’ll get to see what the color and texture are without the intermediary of a screen. You’ll be more likely to form an opinion about its quality and other things that matter to you. And naturally, this will cost you a little bit more. Online shopping, for instance, requires only internet access, a computer, or a phone. You can do the research yourself in your free time, which makes the process extra convenient. It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping for kitchen cabinets in Miami or kitchen cabinets in San Antonio – online cabinets get delivered to you. Tip: If you want to check out the quality of the kitchen cabinet, all you have to do is order a sample door at Nelson Cabinetry.


The online cabinet business is booming and for a good reason. If the manufacturers can save on expenses like showrooms and sales staff, they can lower the price of their products so that you can get the best deal. 



Picking the right cabinet color


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Colors add freshness to any interior, and they are an important part of your personal style. But what if your favorite color is rather too intense and bright? Should you let it dominate your interior? This is a tough choice and you don’t want to make a mistake. Ask yourself a question: Will I get tired of this color and will it become outdated in a few years?


Opting for neutral colors in kitchen cabinetry is the best long-term choice you can make. White kitchen cabinets are America’s favorite and best-selling kitchen cabinets. But if you prefer a similar tone, opting for gray kitchen cabinets or beige can also save you from making bad color choices. 



Picking the right cabinet style 


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If you’re opting for a modern kitchen look, Shaker-style cabinets are the most versatile solution. They can serve as a transitional element that goes well with many kitchen styles. Their minimalistic design allows you to add accessories that will determine your final kitchen style. And you can reverse your kitchen look anytime without spending money on the cabinetry. 


If you’re more of a traditional kitchen fan, opting for raised panel cabinets is a perfect choice. They are rich in color and add real grandeur to space. But, since these cabinets are detail-oriented, merging with other kitchen styles won’t be possible with these cabinets.



Custom, semi-custom, or stock cabinets


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Custom cabinets are custom-made just for you. They’re made to fit your needs and layout and like anything custom made, they are expensive. It also takes a lot of time for them to be ready for delivery. Semi-custom cabinets offer a bit more freedom. You can pick different color finishes or hinges, depending on the cabinet manufacturer. Their price is somewhere in the mid-range between custom cabinets and stock cabinets. 


Stock cabinets are the least expensive as they are already made and ready for delivery. If you know your cabinet color preference and your kitchen layout is pretty standard, you can opt for stock cabinets. Not only will it save you money and time, but you’ll get quick delivery too. And many stock-ready manufacturers offer free 3D kitchen design, which is a great start in making sure these cabinets are right for you.



Quality kitchen cabinets


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You might end up updating your kitchen or building one from scratch a few times in your life. Does it have to be that way? To be frank, in times of excessive spending, products aren’t what they used to be. They’re made to sell and that’s okay for a t-shirt. 


Opting for quality in kitchen cabinetry is a must. But to cut corners in costs, cabinet manufacturers often use plywood instead of wood. And although wood may be the best choice in terms of longevity, it also comes at a significantly higher price than plywood. And with today’s technology, the differences are getting smaller every day. If you’re opting for plywood, make sure it’s class A because that’s the best alternative you have in comparison to wood. 





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Shopping is fun when you know you’re getting the best for your money. When something feels overpriced and you feel like a novice, the excitement can turn into stress. These rules can help you prepare to shop confidently.

If you’re in the middle of renovating or still in the planning stages, try our free 3D kitchen design and see how Shaker-style cabinets look in your kitchen.









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