When starting a kitchen remodel for your Rhode Island home, the cabinets are often one of the first things to go. Old or cheap kitchen cabinets can have broken drawers, moldy shelves, and chipping coats of paint. The appearance and functionality of your kitchen largely depends on your countertops and storage, making proper cabinets a functional and aesthetic necessity.

However, it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for when buying new kitchen cabinets. While many factors depend on your personal preferences, budget, and how much space you have, there are a few factors other you should consider.

Consider the following tips when buying updated cabinetry for your Rhode Island home. And if you’re still on the fence, or want to view a wide selection of high-quality affordable options, contact or drop by Northeast Kitchen & Flooring Center today!

What is within your price range?

There are three different price ranges when ordering pre-made cabinets. Stock, mid-level, and custom. While mid-level cabinets can vary wildly in price, they usually cost as much as custom cabinets.

Stock cabinets can be bought easily, and offer a budget option for buyers. Mid-level can vary in quality, but are usually a sound option for those with a larger budget. Custom cabinets offer luxury materials and extra features, but they can run for higher prices.

Check for features.

Specialty features can bump the price up significantly, but they can save space in your kitchen and make organization easier. Pull-out trash cans, adjustable counter space, roll-out drawers, and spice organizers are all sought-after features.

If you’re starting a kitchen remodel in your own home, you might have personal preferences regarding which features are included. Otherwise, these features will be selling points for potential buyers or renters.

Do the cabinets use dovetail joinery

The quality and construction of the cabinets is arguably the most important factor to consider. Regardless of how useful a cabinet may seem, if it isn’t assembled correctly, it’s added functionality will be useless.

While dovetail joinery used to be the hallmark feature of expensive cabinets, cheaper manufacturers have started using it to mimic high-end brands. However, cabinets using dovetail joinery tend to be more well-made overall.

What materials are being used?

Material matters, especially when starting a kitchen remodel. Ceramic tile will always last longer than laminated floors, and actual wood will always be preferable over particleboard. Before buying any cabinet set, make sure to inspect the materials and check the construction. If a cabinet seems unstable or hastily made, consider looking at a different set.

While going for cheap cabinets might seem appealing, you might be replacing them in a few years time. It’s better to go with well-made cabinetry that uses proper materials.

Closing Thoughts

Updating or buying new kitchen cabinets is a big undertaking, and often represents a significant investment into your Rhode Island home.

In the end, your decision will largely depend on how much you’re willing to spend, what options are available, and your personal preferences. However, all well-made cabinets should use sturdy materials, have additional features, and use dovetail joinery.

If you’re not sure how to begin looking for cabinets, the friendly team at Northeast Kitchen & Flooring Center can help you find well-made cabinetry that fits both your style and budget. Stop by or contact us today to learn more about how we can help.