Off-the-Shelf Kitchen Cabinets

By Boughton, Barbara | Sunset, April 1999 | Go to article overview

Off-the-Shelf Kitchen Cabinets


Boughton, Barbara, Sunset


a Cabinets can make or break a kitchen. The best cabinets provide the storage and display space you need while meeting your budget and expressing your personal style. But one-of-a-kind, custom-designed cabinetry isn't the only way to go. A broad spectrum of manufactured cabinets is now available, from Shaker-style wood varieties to sleek, contemporary models made with brightly colored laminates. You can special-order such features as glass doors with mullions, built-in wine racks, movable shelves, and utensil holders. Other options include divided wood drawers, pullout wire baskets, and even collapsible tables and refrigerated drawers.

It doesn't take a fortune to buy new cabinets. Most economypriced lines can furnish a typical kitchen for $5,000 or less. If you're handy, you can also save money by buying cabinets that you assemble and install yourself

To help you find the cabinets that fit your needs, we've put together a list of shopping tips from designers and contractors, a glossary of common terms, and a chart to illustrate the array of choices now on the market. rips from designers and contractors

Bring a rough layout of your kitchen to your designer or cabinet shop. Be sure to include the exact measurements of doorways and window openings and casings.

Measure your extra-large pots and pans so you can buy cabinets that are big enough for them.

Consider going to a local cabinet shop if you want something that manufactured cabinets don't provide, such as exotic woods, elaborate detailing, or rounded corners. …

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