Millions of people tend to remodel their home annually, especially the kitchen because the heart of the home draws so much attention. New cabinets can turn an old-fashioned bathroom or kitchen into an organized, functional and modern space. In recent times, they are accompanied with arrays of options and finishes at different price levels. So, you need to get smart about the choices you make.
Here are some essential things you need to know about installing new cabinets:
- Pick a Certified Brand
Search for products that have been certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, as they are subjected to series of tests that resemble years of usual bathroom and kitchen abuse. These cabinets tend to endure exposure to humidity, and dousing of mainstays in kitchen such as lemon, vinegar, ketchup, fruit juice and so on without exhibiting signs of discoloration, blistering or damage.
- Know the Lingo
The most common cabinets in the market are the stock and semicustom cabinets. Stock cabinets reign because of the low cost of purchase, instant delivery and, increase in accessory options such as furniture feet and extension glides. The semicustom cabinet models provide a wider range of finishes, styles and sizes. Custom models take longer to fabricate, and they are the most expensive.
- Personalize your Storage
Most cabinets that are fabricated nowadays have user-friendly options like the full-extension glides, big drawers in the base cabinets, and in-built open storage systems.
- Select the Right Look
Woods, maple and oak that are light-colored makes the bathroom or kitchen look brighter and larger than normal, while the dark-colored woods create a furniture-like and dramatic effect.
- Consider the Box
The box is the backbone of the cabinet- the stronger it is the better for you. Box materials include Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), but most people tend to go for plywood with mortise joints and wood or metal corners for rigidity. Cabinets that are of high-quality possess dovetail joints in the boxes of the drawer.
- Be Prepared for Future Repairs
Before parting ways with your cabinet supplier, you should pick up some repair kits such as putty, markers or colored wax to conceal repair dings or set nails, buy surplus drawer slide systems and hinges because these are the items that tend to wear out first. Also, remember to unpack your cabinets before they are installed and make sure you receive the correct sizes of unit you desire.
- Make Use of the Right Screw
Attach the cabinets to studs with 2-inch screws; avoid drywall screws as they tend to easily snap under the heavy weight of upper cabinets. Join the cabinets together to form a single unit and ensure fitted seams between the frames.
- Provide Support
Screw in 1×3 cleat beneath the layout line to provide support before placing upper cabinets in their positions. Try to get some help when doing this, but if you can’t get any help, hold the cabinet with a cabinet jack while you attach it to the wall.