Confused About Cabinetry? Here’s Help

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, one of the first decisions you need to make is what type of cabinetry you want. The options can be quite confusing. Before you make a costly mistake, carefully consider your cabinetry choices.

Imported cabinets from Asia are slowly entering the U.S. market. Although readily available, there are some points to consider before purchasing this type of cabinetry.

Price wise, cabinetry from Asia is the most cost effective. But, as the old saying goes: “You get what you paid for.” These cabinets are often made with different types of wood so you do not get a uniform look, plus the finish is usually poor. On top of that, the quality of hinges and hardware is usually inferior. While at first glance these cabinets may look nice, over time you will notice the flaws and the product may actually fall apart.

Of course there are plenty of pluses to purchasing cabinetry from Asia. You can’t beat the price. These cabinets are typically a fraction of the cost of custom cabinetry. Manufacturers keep costs down by offering only select sizes and colors. These cabinets come in kits which need to be assembled. While that may be great for do-it-yourselfers, it will mean additional expenses if you need to hire someone to construct and install.

Another option is stock or semi-custom cabinetry. These are the products you see at the big-box stores. Because of their enormous volume, these stores are able to offer quality cabinetry at value pricing. These cabinets are usually made in the United States, so the craftsmanship is superior. You are getting quality construction with fine finishing.

While the quality and selection is great, the issue is often service. The stores specialize in sales, not service. Their staff has been trained to help you pick the products you want to create your space, but they do not specialize in full-service remodeling. You will need to hire contractors to put the project together, and those costs can quickly add up.

Another issue is that because these cabinets are manufactured in another state, there can be problems in shipping. Some pieces may be on back-order and others may come damaged. This can mean additional time and aggravation.

The final option is custom cabinetry. In this case, the homeowner works with a professional kitchen and bathroom remodeling company to design cabinetry to complement the space. A reputable designer will provide a creative, functional and beautifully designed room.

The designer will work with a local craftsman to build cabinetry custom-designed exclusively for your home. Not only does this allow you to optimize the space available, but you will be able to select the type of wood, the finish and the hardware used. In addition, the designer will help you select the countertops, sinks, faucets, backsplashes and appliances to complete the project.

With custom cabinetry, not only are you getting exactly what you want down to the finest detail, but you get the satisfaction of knowing that is being built locally. If there are any problems they can be correctly quickly.

Custom cabinetry does cost more, but the result is incomparable. The result is a hassle-free experience and the sense of tranquility in knowing that things are done right. This is our specialty, so if you are considering remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, let Royal Kitchen Designs design custom cabinetry to meet your every need.

Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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