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The common sense thing is that there’s no kitchen without cabinets. Cabinetry is one of the most important and visible segments of your kitchen design and planning. It’s important to get familiar with different cabinetry door styles, different cabinet sizes, which one are the easiest to clean, which are crucial for your kitchen, and lastly, when it’s the time for you to replace them. So, without wasting more time, let’s start.



Most popular cabinet door styles


Shaker door style


Of course, we’re going to start with this one. Not just that the shaker door style is the most popular one, but it also emphasizes utility in combination with simple and clean lines. The shaker style is characterized by a five-piece door with a recessed center panel. Their versatile style and ability to fit into any kitchen design it’s what make them so popular. Their wood species, finish and many other things accommodate their cost and aesthetic. If you want to find out more about the Shaker style history, click here.


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Louvered door style


This door style is good because it has spaces between each slat. They are an excellent choice for cabinets that need ventilation. There’s a case of some louvered doors that are true on the ability to allow ventilation, while others just have their aesthetic. They can give that distinct architectural style to your kitchen.









Raised-Panel door style


This style gives elegance to the cabinets and makes them look more like furniture. Raised panel cabinets have an air of ornate elegance and make cabinets look more like furniture. It features a raised center panel with a profile imbuing the door face with a 3D look. Some will have a more simplistic frame around the edges while others boast a stepped frame or molding work around the edges.





Flat-Panel door style


This is for all who want a minimalist yet functional kitchen design. They can go both with modern and contemporary kitchen designs because of their clean lines. They’re also easy to clean. Flat-panel doors come in wood and laminate options and have a wide range of colors.





Standard kitchen cabinet sizes

Base cabinets



Base kitchen cabinets are installed directly on the floor. They’re pricier than other cabinets and before good reason. Base cabinets are remarkably useful since counters are set on top of them, sinks installed within them, dishes are stored within them, and much more.


Height without countertop 34 ½”
Height with countertop 35” – 36”
Depth without countertop 24”
Depth with countertop  25”- 26”
Standard widths 12”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 33”, 36”, 48”


→ All base cabinets are at 34 ½” tall. But when adding a countertop, the height of most base cabinets is between 35” and 36”, depending on the material used in the countertop. Also, adding an underlay might add another 1/2 inch to the height.


→ Base cabinets are usually 24” deep. The depth measurement is taken from the front outer front edge of the cabinet to the wall. You know how difficult it is to reach an item in a blind corner? Well, it’s the same difficulty with cabinet depths that are more than 24″. The overall depth with the countertop usually measures 25” to 26”. You can also find 12”, 15”, and 18” deep cabinets available for special circumstances.


→ Widths generally range from 9-48” in 3” increments, and are chosen both to meet spatial requirements and to provide specific functions:

Filler cabinets (pull-outs) 9”, 12”, 18”, 24”
Single basin sink 30”
Double-basin sink 33”
Double-basin sink 36”
Largest base cabinet 48”


Wall cabinets




Wall cabinets are mainly used for storing lightweight kitchen items or food. They are attached directly to the wall with screws. They are the most visible cabinetry in a kitchen and thus also serve as a showpiece.




Standard heights 12”, 15”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 42” 
Standard depths 12”, 15”, 18”, 24”
Standard widths 9” – 48”



→ Common wall cabinet heights are 12”, 36”, and 42”. The wall cabinets in standard kitchen sizes are typically between 30” and 36” tall if space above is closed by soffits. But, if the cabinets run to the ceiling then 48” cabinets are the logical choice. For a cabinet over the refrigerator, you will use a 12” or 15” tall cabinet.


→ Since the depth of wall cabinets shouldn’t exceed the depth of base cabinets, the maximum depth is 24”. But, opt for standard, shallower cabinets (12”). A 15”-18” deep cabinet will usually go above the microwave, while a 24” one will go above the refrigerator.


→ Wall cabinet widths range between 9” and 48”. But, it’s not common to install cabinets wider than 36”.


Tall cabinets






We all have at least one tall cabinet in our kitchens. These are usually pantry or utility cabinets.




→ Tall kitchen cabinets are usually 84” or 96” tall. For an 8-foot room, a 96” tall cabinet is a standard.


→ Tall cabinets are available at 12” or 24” deep. For a pantry cabinet, you will go for 12” depth, while for a utility cabinet you will want to choose a 24” depth. The difference is mostly because you’ll want to have more storage space in your utility cabinet. After all, you usually keep brooms and some appliances there.


→ Tall cabinets are available in 12”, 24”, and 36” widths:


Narrow pantry cabinets 12”
“Middle-of-the-road” option 24”
Pull-outs and storage on the doors of the cabinets 36”



 Which cabinet are the easiest to clean?


Every surface in your kitchen is susceptible to crumbs, dirt, stains, and splatters. This is especially true of cabinets. This leaves us with a question: which cabinets are the easiest to clean?

 Glossy vs. matte

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At some point in the past, everything glossy became popular and the kitchen was no exception. Glossy cabinets reflect light, but they also show fingerprints and stains which is not so great. Every kitchen cabinet needs maintenance but if you’ll feel stressed with these kinds of stains, you should avoid this finish.

Matte cabinets, on the other hand, hide smudges, scratches, and stains better than glossy cabinets. And they don’t show fingerprints, so that is a major plus. Their biggest enemies are grease and oil, but a proper countertop should protect your cabinets from this kind of damage.

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Flat vs. raised

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The kitchen’s biggest enemy is grease. It can keep the dust on the surface of the cabinet door and if not cleaned regularly, can become sticky and look dirty. So, design-wise, contemporary kitchen cabinet styles feature flat surfaces and little ornamentation. This makes their maintenance super easy so there is practically no room for grease to stick.

On the contrary, traditional cabinets have decorative features such as raised panels and beadboards. These features are high maintenance and require more detailed cleaning. Louvered kitchen cabinet doors are stylish but they’re not easy to maintain.

Shaker-style kitchen cabinets blend with any contemporary or traditional design style. Even though they’re not completely flat or raised, they’re the perfect middle (leaning towards flat) option when it comes to cleaning. With finishes in neutral hues such as white or gray, Shaker cabinets are a very popular choice.

In conclusion, if you want a modern kitchen where you can spend a lot of time cooking and entertaining, opt for matte kitchen cabinets. They are easy to clean and their only enemy is excessive grease, but as long as you regularly wipe your cabinets, there’s nothing to worry about. When it comes to door styles, the more complex the look, the harder they are to clean. An ideal alternative for this is Shaker-style cabinets as their look isn’t complex or completely plain, it’s just right.


Which cabinets are crucial for your kitchen?


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Drawers are not appreciated enough. But, they are the ultimate source of accessible storage. You don’t have to bend down, but they come to “meet” you. Just pull the drawer out and look down.
Three-drawer cabinets are especially effective. They usually come with a smaller top drawer and two larger lower drawers for holding different sizes of kitchen items. Using a drawer requires just one easy pull, so that’s the main reason why so many people fall in love with drawers. Although they’re more expensive, stacked drawer cabinets are huge and feature efficient storage space.

Most interior experts suggest that a kitchen should include at least one stacked drawer cabinet for every double-door cabinet.



Waste cabinet

Your kitchen can’t be impeccable if there’s a trash bin on the kitchen floor. Luckily, we have a solution for that now. One of the best kitchen storage solutions is to include a pull-out trash unit inside the cabinetry. where it won’t be seen. Also, you should include at least one two-bin trash unit. You can use one for regular trash and the other for recycling. Many of them are short enough to fit into a base cabinet with a top drawer.

Vertical dividers

This is highly useful for storing many large kitchen items such as: cutting boards, baking pans, large lids, etc.
These cabinets are often placed in the upper part of tall cabinetry, such as an oven cabinetpantry, or deep refrigerator upper. They can also be used in base cabinets from 9″-12″ wide.


Kitchen corner base cabinet 

Corners can be one of the best storage areas in the kitchen. There are three popular solutions for corner storage:







→ Lazy susan for corner base cabinet: these cabinets are corner units with 90 degree angles on both sides, and are found in 36″ wide sizes. Both base cabinet and upper wall cabinet versions are available. They usually have two independent carousels. Each carousel can hold a surprisingly large number of kitchen items. These are chosen because they have more efficient storage than most blind corner cabinets.

→ Blind corner cabinet: what is a blind base cabinet? These project out from one wall with a filler on the adjacent wall, and come in many different designs. Blind corner cabinets work best for storage if fitted with pull-out shelves.

→ Corner drawers: Corner drawers are an expensive option, but for a good reason. These are drawers with “L” shaped fronts that fit into corner cabinets. They are set up on rollers that allow you to pull the drawer out into the room. When extended fully, they can be up to 30″ deep.

It is also crucial to actively do your own research.  That way your money will be well spent. The proper cabinet  storage units can make a big difference between a kitchen that is just visually appealing and one that is highly functional.

When it is the time for you to change your kitchen cabinets?


You keep repairing your cabinets, but the repairs don’t last long. Have you thought about replacing them? It makes more sense to spend money on a replacement than on regular repairs. It’s not easy to establish the lifespan of your cabinetry, but the quality of the wood can dictate how long they will last. Generally, high-quality cabinets can last up to 50 years. Also, some cabinets don’t hold up as well as others, so they will definitely not last for 50 years. So, when the age of your cabinets can’t quite tell you when it’s time to replace them, what can?

Water damage

Since most of the cabinets are made of wood, water damage is likely to occur. If you’ve noticed that your cabinets are showing dark spots, are swollen, or hard to close, then the problem is water damage. To determine if the water damage is serious, look for these signs:


Signs of mold

Color changes

Wood warping

Hard to open or close


You need to find and try to stop the source of the water, and dry out your cabinets. But, since most of these repairs are going to take your time and money, we suggest replacing instead of repairing them.

Mold damage

Mold is usually caused by a water leak. As in the instructions above, you should find the source of water so that the problem stops occurring. Mold is easy to clean when it’s noticed in the early stage, but if it’s not, it will only get worse. Mold isn’t only bad for your cabinet’s health, but yours as well.


Your cabinets may look perfect. Its aesthetic might be pleasing, but that doesn’t matter if the cabinet’s functionality isn’t optimal. This might be one more sign that you should replace your cabinets. But how can you recognize if this is really a problem?

→ You can’t open your cabinets properly.

For instance: when you try to open two at the same time, they keep slamming into each other.


→ There is damage beneath the surface.

For instance: the drawers get stuck when you try to open them or they make an odd sound while opening them. In this case, replacing the cabinets is the only solution to your problem.


→ Your cabinets are hard to access


Identify the cause of your problem and the reason why you are replacing your cabinets. Check over your cabinets for any of these three signs. Even if you replace your cabinets, it won’t stop the issue from happening again if it’s not solved.


Firstly, we at Nelson Cabinetry don’t offer every style and color of the cabinet, instead, we focus on the two most popular (gray and whiteShaker styles. Due to this, we put more focus on producing higher-quality cabinets. If you want to learn more about us click here.

We also provide free design services. We have a team of professionals that will help both you and us ensure that every project is a success. They’ll recommend their very best advice for choosing the right cabinets that will stay within your budget yet be perfect for your wanted kitchen design.






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