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TIPS On Picking Out Cabinets

Get designer advice

Your home is not only an investment, but a statement of your taste and personality. You will want to choose a cabinet company that offers design advice. Look for a designer or salesperson who listens to you and your ideas and who asks you what you want and need. You should feel comfortable your cabinet company and designer that will deliver the product, quality, service, and value you have in mind.

Your Budget

Start by researching to see what types of cabinets are available, and decide how much you want to spend. Compare custom cabinets, semi-custom cabinets and stock cabinets. Check companies that carry all different levels of cabinetry (from stock to custom) then you will have a better idea of what you want for your budget. Custom cabinets are made for your specific space (fit better, look better.

Custom Cabinets:

A term commonly used to define cabinets which have a wide range of options for customization when ordered. Custom cabinets will range from low to high end in pricing. They are generally higher quality, using better materials and construction methods than Semi-custom and Stock cabinets. With custom cabinets, you will have multiple choices for wood type, shape, size, glaze, finish, hardware, frame style and more. There are few limitations to what a custom cabinet can or will produce.

Semi-Custom Cabinets:

The sizes of these cabinets can be the same as stock cabinets, except you are allowed to order a la carte off the cabinet menu with some special decorative and size options available (either widths or depths).

Stock Cabinets:

These are cabinets which are ready-made or made in batches without any customization; they are built and warehoused. The actual cabinets themselves are modular units, based on industry sizing standards. One problem you may run across if you decide to order Custom or Semi-Custom Cabinets is in the delivery timing. It can take up to 6 weeks for delivery of your cabinets.  

Consider Your Circumstances

If you are planning to move soon, you will want your cabinetry to look good for the lowest cost. If you plan to stay in your home indefinitely, you will want your cabinetry to look great and to be organized, functional and accessible, providing enjoyment now and for years to come. In both cases, the type of neighborhood you are in should influence your budget.

Your Material

Value Cabinets specializes in wood cabinets. The basic wood cabinets are Paint Grade, Red Oak, White Oak, Ash, Maple, Cherry, Alder and Hickory. If you are wanting a wood with light grain, then Maple and Alder are good choices, but if you are looking for a heavier grain Oak and Ash will be the better choices.

Your Cabinet Box

Pick cabinets that are well made and tough enough to stand up to everyday use. They will carry the weight of your heaviest pots and pans, as well as grandmother’s fine china, so they will need to be durable and safe at the same time. This is where some low-end cabinet companies cut corners, so make sure you compare apples to apples.

Your Door Style

Cabinet doors can be flat, raised, glass, recessed, etc. They can be ½” overlay, ¾” overlay, full overlay, frameless, inset and inset with beaded face frame. With custom cabinets, you can get any style you want. Come and meet with a designer from Value Cabinets to discuss your options. Choose a cabinet hardware that fits in with your appliances and the rest of your décor.

Your Finish

You will need to decide how you want your cabinets finished. You can choose paint, stain, glazing, distressing or a combination. Again, make sure the finish is in harmony with the rest of your décor and fixtures.


Wood is one of the “greenest”, oldest and most traditional building products available. Wood is a green material for several reasons; it is natural and recyclable, it is a renewable and sustainable resource, it is long-lasting and durable, it can be reclaimed and used in other projects, and it uses less fuel to process than any other material.