Types of Kitchen Cabinets

Perry Hiiman
February 14, 2022
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Types of Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinetsChoosing the ideal kitchen cabinets for your house is not an easy job. There are various types of cabinetry, and each one of them offers different features. You need to consider the complexity of your budget, the overall look you are going for, and your requirements before purchasing a specific cabinet.
This article outlines the various types of kitchen cabinets, their sizes, materials, and popular designs.

Type of Kitchen Cabinets

Base Cabinets for Countertop Support

As the name suggests, base cabinets are kitchen cabinets that support countertops. These cabinets need to be strong and well-balanced. Most manufacturers make standard base cabinets 36 inches tall and 24 inches deep. But you can customize your cabinet to get more storage. One of the best customizations is increasing the depth.

Wall Cabinets

Wall cabinets are crucial in kitchen remodeling. Upper and wall-mounted kitchen cabinets are often 12 inches deep to provide enough storage space. These cabinets can make your kitchen look bigger or smaller.

Tall Cabinets

Tall cabinets or pantry cabinets start from the floor and extend to the ceiling. These cabinets provide maximum storage space and give your kitchen a dramatic vertical look.

Purchase/Design Options

Ready-to-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets

Ready-to-assemble cabinets have limited style, size, and material selections but are suitable for do-it-yourself kitchen improvement projects. You can get these cabinets from chain home stores. The cabinets are also quicker to install.

Stock Cabinets

Manufacturers mass-produce stock cabinets. These cabinets are economical, but you cannot change their size. You also have to install the cabinet yourself or pay for its installation price.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets have diverse styles, materials, finishes, and accessories. The possibilities are endless, and the only thing that can limit your custom cabinet design is your budget.

Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Semi-custom kitchen cabinets have a broader selection of style and material. You can customize these cabinets to increase their storage depth. Semi-custom cabinet prices are inclusive of installation fees.

Kitchen Cabinet Materials-style

The most common and durable kitchen cabinet material is solid wood. This material comes in many variations like mapple, oak, and cherry. Cabinet boxes use engineered woods like plywood or MDF board to withstand temperature and humidity fluctuations. Plywood cabinets are easier to install than solid wood cabinets.

Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles

You can create or remodel the kitchen of your dreams using various cabinet styles. The eight most trendy kitchen cabin styles include:

1. Shaker-Style Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker-style cabinets are unique, timeless, and simple to design. The cabinets’ drawers and doors have flat surfaces with recessed middle panels. For this reason, skaer-stye cabinets require regular cleaning to prevent dust accumulation on the panels. You can fit the cabinets in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, or your entire home.

 2. Raised Panel Kitchen Cabinets

Raised panel kitchen cabinets provide a three-dimensional structure to your kitchen. These cabinets are available in every color and wood type and fit well with any interior design. Raised panel cabinets are more expensive than shaker-style cabinets.

3. Slab Kitchen Cabinets

Slab kitchen cabinets are simple, cheaper, and easy to maintain. The cabinets are perfect for a minimalist kitchen. The lack of details in the cabinet’s wood further provides more room for your creative freedom.

4. Glass-Front Kitchen Cabinets

Glass-front cabinets have open frame doors. These cabinets are perfect for displaying kitchen items. You can add the glass-front design to wall cabinets or tall cabinets to elevate your kitchen space.

5. Beadboard Kitchen Cabinets

Beadboard cabinets add a Scandinavian touch to your home. The cabinets are perfect for minimal or modern kitchens with an island, but the uneven surface makes them more challenging to clean.

6. Inset Kitchen Cabinets

Inset cabinets create a smooth and cleaner look for your kitchen. The cabinet’s doors fit flush with its face frame, exposing the hinges. Any mistake during the installation of inset cabinets may result in a messy design.

7. Plywood Cabinets

Plywood cabinets look great in minimalist, Bohemian, or Scandinavian kitchens. Adding a clear finish to the cabinet protects the wood and shows off the grain.

8. Louvered Kitchen Cabinets

Louvered cabinets create the illusion of space. The cabinet doors have layered horizontal slabs and look great on base or tall kitchen cabinets.

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About Author

Perry Hiiman

Perry Hiiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He planted his roots in Manhatten, New York in 1992. A few years later, Perry met his wife and had three lovely daughters. Perry has always been excited about home improvement and design. He has been in the service industry for over 25 years. Perry and his partner founded New York Kitchen and Bath in 2001. They pioneered the One Stop Shop concept of home improvement and design firms. In addition, Perry is a New York State licensed contractor, OSHA certified, and a New York State licensed mold assessor. He specializes in custom design and is genuinely passionate about what he does—bringing people’s dream projects to life.
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