When having your custom kitchen cabinets designed, there are some things that you should ask your kitchen designer. After all, good custom designed cabinets will last a long time before you’ll need new ones, and quality is a big investment. So to make sure that you get what you want, below are some questions to ask your kitchen designer; or the cabinetmaker if you can:
- What type of wood will the cabinets be made from? You want a good solid wood core and for the face frames, a solid hardwood. This combination will make for longevity of product.
- What type of finishes will be used? A shop sprayed pre-catalyzed lacquer will give the best finish. Also, find out if the kitchen cabinets will be sprayed in shop or on site because you don’t want to be around the fumes, and on site means fumes in your home. If you have cabinets with glass doors or no doors at all also, the inside of the cabinets should be finished so they match the outside of the cabinets too. Additionally then, the shelves should be stained to match as well.
- What type of hardware will be used on the cabinets and kitchen drawers? If good hardware is used, then opening and closing the doors and drawers will be easier, and the hardware will last longer. Under mount soft-close is the best option and soft-close features will keep drawers from banging shut. Ask if the hardware is made from cold rolled steel or the more cheaply cast pewter also.
- How long will the custom designed cabinets take to make and then install? The time frame on this can affect how soon your kitchen will be ready to use. Have the designer make a note additionally that if any delays happen that you want to be notified.
- Is installation included? This is important because the cabinetmaker knows his or her own work, and the cabinet maker has seen your kitchen layout. So if the cabinetmaker installs the cabinets, then any adjustments that need to be made can be completed best by the person who built them.
It’s exciting to have custom designed cabinets in your kitchen. By asking the right questions, you’ll have peace of mind when ordering your new kitchen cabinets.
A high quality custom kitchen cabinet may last up to 50 years, if taken care of properly. But if you’ve moved into a home which already has cabinets, you really don’t necessarily know how long they’ve been there. Plus; depending upon the wear and tear of the kitchen cabinets, they may not be old, but worn out. So what are some signs that your kitchen cabinets may need to be replaced?
- If your cabinets are damaged by water: If your cabinets have dark spots, the doors are shutting with difficulty; or the cabinets are swollen, you have water damage. Water damage occurs because most cabinets are made from wood, and woods is damaged by water easily. Since there is a lot of moisture in a kitchen, this is a common problem.
- You find your cabinets frustrating to use: If you find it difficult to find things in your cabinetry and you have to move one thing to find another, you may need to replace your cabinets. Or if two doors bang into each other when you open two at once. Or if your drawers make a weird sound when opening; or get stuck, new custom designed cabinets may be needed.
- If your cabinets are soft: If you push on the sides of your cabinets and they give, that’s not a good sign. This means your cabinets are damaged and may soon fall apart. They need replaced as soon as possible.
- If your cabinets are moldy: Mold can grow anywhere, and that includes inside your kitchen cabinets. If it’s found out early enough, it can be cleaned off and the growth of mold stopped. However; if it isn’t found out in time, then it can develop into something severe. This can be a health problem for you and your family. So you’ll need to find the source of the mold and then replace your cabinets.
Replacing your cabinet when it’s time is a good thing to do.
Sometimes you need to use an extra room for a home office or craft room, but you also need it as a bedroom for unexpected company or overnight guests, but where is the available space for both? You can’t have your guests sleep on an office desk or sewing machine table. So what’s an alternate solution besides a blowup mattress that the cat always destroys? Why not have a custom designed hideaway bed built into a room wall so that you have a work or fun room and a guestroom too? This bed can be the answer to this kind of a problem and here’s why.
- Hideaway beds are designed to add as much space as they take away. When the bed isn’t in use, it folds up into the wall and the wall blends into the décor then. So you can have both style and multi-functionality here.
- It can be used in a teenager’s bedroom to give more space in the day while having a sleep area at night. It also takes care of that “hiding dirty clothes under the bed” issue.
- It can be used in a craft room during the day with the bed being pulled down for company in the evening. Your company won’t be sleeping on the couch anymore.
- These beds can be custom designed with increased storage in mind. Some beds can be hidden behind shelves which then rotate to either side out of the way. The bed comes down, and the shelves are still intact. Storage space and comfort all in one.
- You can have a single hideaway bed designed so that it looks like a storage cabinet with matching custom shelves on either side. The bed pulls down between the shelves. In the day, the bed is folded back into the wall again.
Another thought too, is to have built in hideaway cabinets. These shelves can be used additionally for files and other things which may clutter up a small room. When someone walks into your room, all they see is a nice neat and clutter free room then.
There are ways to have overnight guests without a big fuss which still gives them somewhere comfortable to sleep.