Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are a design feature not to be taken lightly. They can set the aesthetic tone of your entire kitchen design, and can eat up most of your renovation budget. When selecting new cabinetry, you will need to carefully choose door and hardware styles, colours and finishes, mouldings and details that are both stylish and functional. Use this guide to help you choose the right kitchen cabinets for your home, and speak to a cabinet maker for more professional advice.

Should I choose flat-pack, semi-custom or custom-made?

Flat-pack kitchen cabinets are a popular choice among DIY enthusiasts and thrifty renovators but are manufactured in a limited number of specifications and materials. The quality can be on par with custom-made cabinetry, but may not fill your space in its entirety. Semi-custom cabinetry is slightly more expensive and is made to order with a wider variety of options, such as drawers with slide-outs or unusual sizes. Custom-made cabinets come with a steep price tag but are built to maximise the space in your kitchen, both in terms of efficiency and design.

How do I decide on cabinet door style?

Available in shaker style, flat or inset, just to name a few, cabinet doors can be one of the biggest expenses in a kitchen renovation or fit out. Shaker cabinets are a timeless option known for their simple, clean lines, while flat-panel cabinets tend to work best in modern kitchens. Inset kitchen cabinets can be the most expensive option but are a classic style that will go the distance. To maximise functionality, look beyond the standard swing door and consider flip-up and pocket doors, and corner drawers, too.

How do I decide on cabinetry materials?

Laminate, timber, stainless steel and glass are the most popular materials used for kitchen cabinets. Laminate is the least expensive option, but can easily chip and be difficult to repair. It does, however, give you the widest choice in terms of colour. Timber is often chosen for its natural-looking aesthetic and durability but is prone to expanding and warping. It is sometimes paired with glass to help light move throughout the space or to show off cookware. Stainless steel are easy to clean but can easily show up fingerprints and scratches.