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Avoid Common Kitchen Cabinet Mistakes

by Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

The kitchen cabinets are the most important element in your kitchen design. As you plan a kitchen remodeling project, beware these common cabinet mistakes.

Don't Skimp on Kitchen Cabinets

While kitchen cabinets represent a significant investment, the cost will be recouped over time. By skimping on the quality of kitchen cabinets, you risk spending money on products that will:
  • Wear out quickly
  • Have uneven cabinet stains
  • Have cabinet doors and drawers that don't open properly



Think Function with Kitchen Cabinets

Another mistake people make is selecting kitchen cabinets based solely on how they look. While looks are important, there are other features to consider. As you use the cabinets each day, functionality will be key. Consider:
  • The ideal amount of cabinet storage space
  • What size drawers and cabinets to buy - make choices based on what is being stored
  • Where to place cabinet rollout drawers, spice racks, etc.

Avoid Trendy Styles

Kitchen cabinets are meant to last for 15 years or more. Look for a classic cabinet style that has longevity, regardless of your evolving kitchen design tastes. Avoid trendy cabinet styles or the latest chocolate and orange glaze. You may regret the cabinet decision in a few years.

Don't Forget the Kitchen Flooring

The kitchen flooring is an important part of any kitchen design. During a kitchen remodeling, look for kitchen cabinets that will blend with the flooring or provide an interesting contrast. Among the options are:
  • Maple kitchen cabinets with cherry kitchen flooring
  • Cherry kitchen cabinets with cherry or maple kitchen flooring
  • Oak kitchen cabinets with oak kitchen flooring


About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.




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