Consideration of Kitchen Cabinet Design

There is much more to a kitchen design than how it looks. There is an awful lot of planning and designing that goes on long before that cupboard even hits the production line. Let’s delve a little deeper into how a kitchen cabinet is put together.

A kitchen is the heart of the home, and the quality and appearance of a kitchen directly impacts how you feel about it. This room more than even is a budget buster, and you really should spend as much as you can afford getting it right. The better the design, the better the build quality, the better your experience of it will be.

There are three types of cabinet door shapes; slab, recessed panel and raised panel. Each offers something different to a design and can work with traditional, country, shaker or contemporary designs, which are the more popular ones.

The vast majority of kitchen cabinets are still made from wood. The frames are either softwood or particleboard, depending on the quality of the kitchen. The doors are predominantly wood too, but they come in a huge variety of finishes to provide a vast array of choice. You can also buy plywood or particleboard doors for kitchen cupboards.

Before choosing materials, door design and ironwork, it’s better to have a theme in mind. It’s much better to have a pre-existing idea of what you’re looking for as the choice can be overwhelming.

We would suggest starting with the style, modern kitchens are completely different to a shaker style and will need different considerations too. The style will also influence the type of door, the material and color of the work surface and the type of handles, if any, you use.

There are also several styles of cabinet doors that can be related to one or other of the overall design styles. Doors for a custom kitchen cabinet can be flat or frameless, raised, curved, simple, or carved. Each will work with specific styles, but not with the others. That’s why it is important to select the style first.

Cabinet construction types include framed and frameless. Framed consists of a wooden box with a frame that surrounds the front edges. Hinges are used to attach the door to the frame. Frameless type kitchens consist of a box with no face frame. A framed design is ideal for a traditional, shaker or country design. More contemporary themes use frameless construction to offer smoother lines and that minimalist feel.

No kitchen cabinet would be complete without the ironmongery, or hinges and handles. These are the final consideration when designing a kitchen. They depend on the decisions made earlier with the style, material and frame type of the kitchen, so need to be decided upon last of all.

Despite being last, they are still very important. They are the finishing touch to the kitchen and either offer a lot, or take away from the overall design. Getting the metalwork just right is the one thing that might take the most time. It’s time well spent though as it’s an important finishing touch.

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