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When guests enter your kitchen, their eyes likely focus on your kitchen cabinets first, as they are typically the most prominent feature in the space. Cabinet design plays a key role in shaping the look and feel of your kitchen. So if you’re considering new cabinets, custom-made Kitchen cabinets are the ideal option.

With custom cabinets, you have total control over everything from how they look to what they’re made of. There are a number of design features you will have to consider if you want custom kitchen cabinets; below are a few of the most important ones.

Cabinet Placement & Sizing

When installing new kitchen cabinets, you have to decide where they’ll be placed. While having a large, open kitchen would make the design process easier, not everyone has this option. Your kitchen might have nooks and corners that can’t accommodate standard-sized (or stock) cabinets. Your larger appliances, such as your fridge and stove, might also influence the size and layout of your cabinets.

Unlike stock cabinets, custom cabinets can be constructed in non-traditional sizes to fit your specific kitchen layout, including unique spaces or corners. This is a huge advantage for those who want to maximize on storage space.

For example, you can have cabinets made to fit above your fridge to make use of the unused space. A customized cabinet design provides you with the freedom to create cabinets that fit your needs, while stock cabinets do not.

When deciding on the right height for wall-mounted cabinets, consider sight lines and which parts of the cabinets you’ll notice first when entering the kitchen. Ideally, your upper cabinets should be 54 inches above the floor and 18 inches above the top of your countertop.

Cabinet Materials

Your options are endless when it comes to choosing the material for your custom cabinets. One major benefit of having custom-made cabinets is that they’ll be built with high-quality materials. This is highly beneficial for clients, as it will be reflected in their cabinets’ overall appearance, durability and lifespan.

Cabinet doors can be made with a range of wood types. Some of the top cabinet woods include maple, walnut, red oak, white oak, birch and cherry. Each species of wood varies widely in how it absorbs stains and glazes. This gives you the option to choose from many colors and finishes. Once you’ve made a choice, discuss with your custom cabinets manufacturer if you can create the exact design you want in terms of grain and color.

Maple Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Maple is a popular cabinet material choice, because it’s so versatile and reasonably easy to work with. Since it has fine grain, maple can be easily stained or painted. It’s ideal for both traditional and modern kitchen designs.

Walnut Kitchen Cabinets

Walnut is another popular option. This hardwood has significant grain and varies in colors, from off white to dark brown. Since it’s available in a range of colors, walnut can be used in traditional and contemporary kitchen designs.

Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

There are alternative options to wood cabinet doors, such as laminate cabinet doors. Laminate is a synthetic material placed on top of particleboard or MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Laminate is a durable material that can withstand heavy use, and it’s also available in a wide range of colors and door styles.

Cabinet Finishes

Cabinet finishes provide the final coat of color or laminate to bring your cabinet design to life. Just like cabinet materials, there are plenty of finishes to choose from. Options range from: stained, painted, glazed or natural. The cabinet finish you choose will play a big role in accentuating your kitchen and cabinet design.

Rustic & Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinets (Distressed Finish)

To establish a rustic or farmhouse style kitchen, for example, you might want your cabinets to have a distressed finish. This hand-done technique makes cabinets look aged or worn by the use of paint, stain or glaze. Complete the look with antique drawer pulls or hinges.

Scandinavian-Style Kitchen Cabinets (Natural Finish)

A natural finish is ideal for those who like a clean look with minimal alteration to the wood. This type of finish is clear and shows the wood’s natural color beneath the protective layer. Go with this finish if you’re aiming for a Scandinavian-style kitchen.

Since the finishes on custom cabinets are applied by hand, your cabinet design will be completely unique and unseen anywhere else.

You have unlimited choice when it comes to the design of custom cabinets. No matter what your preferences and needs are, an experienced manufacturer can work with you to create your dream kitchen cabinets. To get started on designing kitchen cabinets tailored just for you, contact your local cabinet designer and manufacturer.