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Everything You Need to Know About Cabinets: The Ultimate Guide


By RaShea Drake
January 3, 2020
Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets sit at the intersection of style and function, which is why choosing the right style, size, and color is so important. They’re an instant focal point in bathrooms and kitchens, the foundation supporting the rest of the room. Our guide covers exactly what you need to know as you shop for cabinets for your home. 


What’s the Best Cabinet Construction?

Cabinet Construction

  

Materials

There are several common materials to use for your cabinets: particle board, medium density fiberboard (MDF), high density fiberboard (HDF), and plywood. All are forms of engineered wood, but their density and stability are different.

  • Particle Board: Made from small wood particles fused together with resin. This is the least dense and durable, but the most affordable. It’s used primarily as an affordable option for cabinet boxes, but it tends to sag and buckle under heavy weights. 
  • Plywood: Thinly sliced layers of wood are bonded together with resin and high-pressure. This is the strongest of the four, making it the best choice to use in cabinet boxes and frames.
  • MDF: Made from wood fibers instead of particles, MDF uses resins and high pressure to bond everything together. Works best for shelves and doors since it isn’t as susceptible to warping as wood is.
  • HDF: Similar to MDF but denser and stronger. Works well for shelves or doors. HDF is also much more resistant to warping than wood, which is why it works so well for doors.
  • Solid Wood: Wood features a beautiful wood grain that offers a natural look to any room. Because it is completely natural, it is susceptible to expanding and contracting over time. However, it’s also a long-lasting material as well.

All the Wilora cabinet boxes we sell are made from either ½” or ¾” thick plywood for a more durable construction than is found with particle board. 


Framed vs Frameless

Both framed and frameless cabinet styles each have their pros and cons. It all comes down to your personal preference.

Framed

These cabinets feature a frame installed to the front of the cabinet box. The drawers and doors are connected to the frame instead of the cabinet box. This frame serves as both a function and a style, as it adds durability and rigidity to the cabinet box  while providing a classic look when you open a cabinet door. 

The main drawback with framed cabinets is access.  Since the frame is 1” to 2” wider than the thickness of the cabinet box, the frame can get in the way when storing or retrieving things like pots, pans, or spices. 

With our framed selection of Wilora Hawthorne cabinets, the box interiors and exteriors are also given a UV coating to add protection to the natural Wood veneer finish. 

Frameless

The doors of a frameless cabinet attach directly to the cabinet box, so there’s no need for a front frame. Generally, a frameless cabinet is easier to utilize and access. On the other hand, it weakens the cabinet box, especially if you use subpar materials. This is why a frameless cabinet box needs to be thicker than a cabinet box used on a framed style. 

For this reason, our Wilora Paloma selection of frameless cabinets feature ¾” plywood boards in the construction of the cabinet boxes. The additional thickness provides the rigid stability necessary for holding doors and drawers. The Paloma collection also features European style flat-slab doors and drawers rather than the five-piece designs of our framed cabinet doors.


What’s a Door Overlay? Why It Matters?

With framed cabinets, a door overlay refers to the exposed front frame. 

  • With a full overlay, most of the frame is covered by the doors and drawers. 
  • With partial overlay, part of the frame is exposed. 
  • An inset overlay occurs when the door is flush with the frame. 

Our selection of cabinets offers full overlay for a more beautiful appearance.


Which Cabinet Door Type Do You Like Best?

The door drives the style of your cabinets because this is what people see when they enter a room. With that in mind, there are three main styles of cabinet door and drawer: slab, shaker, and raised panel. There are other types, such as mullion and open-frame doors, but these are used sparingly. Most drawer and door designs fall into one of these three types. There’s arguably no difference in quality of the different styles. The differences are purely aesthetic, so choose one that you love.

Slab Door

Slab

A slab style door is one solid piece and flat across the entire surface. It’s primarily used with frameless cabinet boxes to provide a smooth, minimalist appearance. As a bonus, the flat surface is easy to clean and maintain. The slab door is often referred to as a European style, but it leans well into modern, contemporary, and industrial designs. 

Shaker Door

Shaker

The Shaker style door is named after its inventors, the Shakers, a religious group that split from the Quakers in the 1700s. Shakers were known for their skill in woodworking and carpentry, inventing a simple yet beautiful design we still use today. This timeless door style features five pieces, a recessed center panel framed by four raised pieces. This style is very flexible, working within transitional, classic, cottage, farmhouse, and contemporary looks. 

Raised Panel

Raised Panel 

A raised panel door features a contoured center panel tucked into a four-piece frame like a shaker door. But instead of a recessed panel, the beveled edges of the center panel create the appearance of a raised panel. Contouring ranges from simple to elaborate, making this style a popular choice. It works particularly well with traditional, classic, cottage, farmhouse, and transitional styles. 

  

Find the Best Cabinets for Your Home 

Since cabinets are a perfect combination of style and functionality, they’re increasingly being used outside the kitchen. Bathrooms and home bars are great areas, of course, but there is a rise in using cabinets for laundry room and mud room areas, too. The sleek look, the storage, the ability to organize chaos is empowering.


Kitchen Cabinets

Since kitchen habits and storage needs vary from person to person, there are a wide variety of cabinet combinations available. We have over 350 frameless cabinet sizes and 320 framed cabinet sizes in over a dozen colors and finishes. So whether you’re looking for a more open layout or a design fit to make a master chef jealous, we’ve got you covered.

Kitchen Cabinets

Base cabinets rest on your floor and support your countertops, sinks, faucets, and ranges. As such, it’s important to pick the right configuration for your home. 

We offer many base cabinets, from the ultra-thin 6” base cabinet to the 55” blind corner base cabinet. With heights ranging from 27” to 42” and a depth ranging between 24” and 32”, you can find a size to fit your needs.   

Types include sink base cabinets with false drawers, dozens of drawer and door combos, cabinets made entirely of drawers, cabinets with full height doors, and more. Some base cabinets include customized cabinet organization hardware from Rev-A-Shelf, such roll-out drawers, trash bins, and more. We also carry specialty base cabinets, like our thin 6” spice rack cabinet and corner cabinets with built-in Lazy Susans. 

Stick with one style for consistency or mix and match to fit your needs. There are no wrong choices. Only the right one for you.


Wall Cabinets

Wall cabinets install on the wall above base cabinets for storing glassware, bakeware, spices, utensils, and food. While the width and height range a lot, between 6” and 40”, wall cabinets are typically half as deep as the base cabinets. As such, most of our wall cabinets are 12” deep, but we include refrigerator wall cabinets as deep as 24”. 

Types include one door, two door, and corner cabinet types. Door designs include slab, shaker, raised panel, open-frame glass*and flip-up to provide a better fit for your kitchen.

*Glass not included. Due to fragility in shipping, the glass must be sourced locally.


Tall Cabinets

Tall cabinets, also known as pantry or utility cabinets, are like wall and base cabinets put together, plus a bit more. This type starts at the floor and reaches towards the ceiling to maximize storage space in the kitchen. While not as versatile as wall or base cabinets, there are quite a few configurations available. 

Choose from cabinets made completely of doors or drawers, or a combination of the two. Select a style with built-in space for wall ovens, whether you have one or two.


Choose the Best Cabinets for Your Kitchen

With so many types and styles available, there are a wide assortment of design possibilities. Some prefer to use base cabinets on their own, preferring open shelving or a minimal look for the kitchen. Others may prefer the traditional approach of base cabinets and wall cabinets, while others may combine wall, base, and tall cabinets to create the ideal kitchen. That’s the wonderful part of cabinets! Even with something so functional, you can shape it to your lifestyle. And with our wide range of ready-to-assemble cabinets, you get a customized kitchen without the customized price.


Bathroom Cabinets 

Bathroom Cabinets

Most bathroom cabinets are variations of base cabinets, since it’s rare (though not unheard of) to hang a wall cabinet in a bathroom. With limited space, you typically need only a few cabinets – a vanity sink-base cabinet and maybe a vanity desk base if you want extra counter space. These cabinets range from 12” wide four-drawer variations to 60” four-door sink base cabinets with six drawers and multiple false drawers. 

When designing your vanity cabinets, consider who uses the bathroom and their habits. For example, a bathroom used by three people needs enough drawers to accommodate their pleasantries.

You can also choose freestanding cabinets, which combine the base cabinet with the sink and countertop. These are convenient, as the countertop doesn’t attach to the wall, allowing you to move the freestanding cabinet like furniture. That said, buying your bathroom cabinets separate from your counter and sink allows for greater flexibility in customizing the look and feel of your bathroom. 

Available in multiple sizes, colors, and styles to match your kitchen (if you want). So whether you’re looking to outfit a small guest bathroom or the master bath suite, we have the right bathroom cabinets for your home. Pair your new cabinet with the ideal sink and faucet for a personalized look you’ll love.  

Laundry Room Cabinets

Laundry room cabinets are just kitchen cabinets installed in a laundry room. As such, the style and variety isn’t different, though some people choose simpler, more affordable cabinets since the laundry room is more about utility than style. 

Add base cabinets for an easy yet accessible space to store irons, ironing boards, or folded linens, while the countertop makes a great place to pretreat stains or fold clothing. 

Wall cabinets look stunning above the washer and dryer, creating a perfect space to safely store bleach and detergents out of the way. 

Tall cabinets provide optimized storage for sheets, bedding, towels, and other linens in one central location. The best part of installing cabinets in a laundry room is how clean and organized the room stays thanks to plentiful storage options. Goodbye clutter, hello clean.


Cabinets for Home Bars and Theater Rooms

Cabinets, either base or wall styles, make an excellent addition to a home theater room or bar area. They provide a classy, inviting look with the promise of goodies and treats inside. Pair with the right lighting to add to the aesthetic of a room, even add a backsplash by the cabinets for complementary flair. Store beverages, snacks, and condiments in an easily accessible place that stays organized and declutters the room. For theater rooms, use cabinets to store movies, gaming systems, blankets, and board games for easy access.


Cabinet Heights and Sizes

We offer cabinets in a wide variety of sizes, allowing countless combinations so you can find the functionality of custom cabinets without the high price tag. Cabinet widths start at 6” with sizes spanning up to 60”. For heights, there are even more options, starting 12” and going up to 96” high. Depths range from 12” to 36”. These sizes cover base, wall, and tall cabinets, as well as specialty cabinets like spice racks, wine racks, and more to maximize your available space. 


Cabinet Features to Look For

Looks matter. But style means little if it’s not functional. As you shop for the right cabinets for your home, there are some features to look for to optimize the functionality. Quality features help to extend the life of cabinetry and make your life easier (and quieter).


Drawer Slides

Drawer slides are located on the sides or under the drawer to help it move back and forth. Slides can either be install on the sides of the drawer, or underneath (called an under-mount slide). Premium cabinets use soft-close mechanism built into the slide so drawers don’t slam as they shut. Even if you try to slam a drawer, the soft-close feature slows  down to a smooth, soft stop. 

Another feature to look for is whether the slides are full extension or not. Full extension means the drawer can be fully extended to see everything within the drawer. A ¾ extension glide leaves ¼ of the drawer inaccessible, making it harder to access items in the back of the drawer. That’s why full extension matters. It’s a small thing, but it affects your drawer organization later. 

Our framed cabinets feature Blum undermount, full extension soft-close drawer slides, so the hardware stay out of sight yet remains functional. 

Our frameless cabinets feature Blum’s “LegraBox” technology for a full extension, soft-close drawer as well.


Hinges

Even cabinet hinges are an indicator of quality. Much like drawers and drawer slides, a high-quality cabinet has soft-close hinges. These hinges prevent slamming doors, which extends the life of your cabinet boxes and doors alike. Quality hinges also make it easy to remove and re-attach doors for cleaning, painting, or organizing.

Known for their excellence in crafting quality cabinet hardware and accessories, Blum is a premium brand of hinges (and drawer slides). All our Wilora Paloma and Wilora Hawthorne cabinets come with soft-close Blum hardware. No upgrades required.

 

Bumpers

A sign of a quality cabinet is if there are soft bumpers made of rubber on the inside corner of the cabinet door or drawer. These little pieces minimize the loud thud associated with shutting a door a bit too roughly. Over time, these may need to be replaced over the life of your cabinets, which is easy to do, especially if you choose the self-adhesive kind.


How to Find the Perfect Cabinet Color

Kitchen Cabinet

Cabinet color plays a key role in the style of your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. The lighting, wall color, counter color, and hardware are all affected by the cabinet color. If you plan on staying in your home for more than three years, go with a color you enjoy rather than what you think holds resale value. However, if you do plan on selling your house in the next year or two, go with a more popular color. 


What are the Most Popular Cabinet Colors?

By far, white is the most popular color for cabinets. But it’s more complicated than that, as there are many shades of white. 

We offer styles 10 white cabinet collections. Other popular shades include gray, naturally stained wood, dark cabinets, or combining two different colors. 


Wonderfully White Cabinets

White Cabinets

White cabinets are a popular choice, and for good reason – White  reflects more light than other colors, making a room appear larger, brighter, and more open. White is also not one dimensional, as there are a multitude of shades, ranging from glossy white to dove. 

Another reason for white’s popularity is its versatility with interior designs. White works well in almost any aesthetic, from contemporary modern to farmhouse and traditional. It helps to highlight centerpieces and pops of color within a room without clashing. 

Here are the shades of white we offer:

  • White: Ideal for making the most of the natural light, this white is the standard. It is as white as it gets, catching the light and flinging it across the room for a cooler, roomier ambience.
  • Dove: This white has a slight tint of grey. The grey softens the natural and artificial light in a room while providing a touch of elegance. 
  • Antique White: This white has a slight cream or beige tint to it, giving the color an aged ivory look. This patina style is very desirable for some and the hint of nostalgia fits well in cottage and farmhouse kitchens. 


Gloriously Grey Cabinets

Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Grey cabinets are seeing an increase in popularity in recent years because it’s easy to match with other colors and looks brilliant when paired with metal finishes such as iron, chrome, brass, and polished nickel. Grey features a wide variety of shades, ranging from light, almost white, to deep cinder. Where white provides a certain freshness, grey offers a beautifully neutral tone that’s easy on the eyes. 

Grey is incredibly flexible in its design stylings as well. It’s one of the most popular choices for transitional, industrial, and contemporary. 


Warm Wood Cabinets

Wood Cabinets

The best part of wood cabinets is the many colors and finishes, spanning from light white pine to beautiful chocolate browns. Since the stains used to color the cabinets enhance the woodgrain, every cabinet is unique because no two planks of wood are the same. Wood look finishes also have the advantage of adding a natural element to the room, bringing a warm and cozy feeling into a room. 

Wood style cabinets work particularly well with modern, classic, and traditional styles. They’re also one of the most flexible styles when choosing hardware, as almost every finish and material looks great with them.


Delightfully Dark Cabinets

Dark Cabinets

Dark cabinets add mood to a room with deep, rich tones, contrasting well with light countertops, walls, and flooring. As far as finishes go, dark cabinets go well with chrome, silver, polished metals, glass, and stainless steel. The deep tones accentuate the silver metals, making the shine pop.

Dark cabinets add polish and depth, making them an ideal match for traditional or modern styles.


Tantalizing Two-Tone Cabinets 

A practice that’s quickly catching on is using two colors of cabinets. There are a couple ways to do this to make sure colors work well in tandem. 

The most common method is to choose one color for the base cabinets and one for the wall cabinets. A general rule is to keep the base cabinets a darker color than the wall cabinets. Placing the darker color, such as dark grey, on the floor anchors the room, while the lighter color, perhaps a light grey, opens it up to create balance between the two. 

Another method is to choose a color for the kitchen island while the base, wall, and tall cabinets are a different color or shade. This provides an additional pop of dimension to the room, preventing it from potentially looking flat.


Cabinet Finish: Paint, Stain, or Glaze 

There are three options for cabinet finishes: paint, stain, or glaze. Each one has different properties and strengths that affect the longevity and appearance of your cabinets. The look also depends on the material of your cabinet doors. MDF and HDF don’t have wood grain, so they can’t be stained like solid wood. 


Painted Cabinets

Painted cabinets feature an  even coat, providing an opaque layer of solid color, hiding any wood grains or defining markings. Because of its smooth, pure appearance, it works best on MDF or HDF doors. On wood doors, paint hides the wood grain below, which may be a positive or negative depending on how you feel about wood grain. 

Paint is the best choice for a flawlessly smooth color and surface. The main drawback to paint is tends to peel and crack over time, so take that into consideration as you think about what’s best for your home. 


Stained Cabinets

Stains are a translucent coating meant to enhance the grain and natural features of wood. Where paint covers, stains seep into the grain itself, darkening features like grains and knots while adding rich color tones. 

Since it’s translucent, stains are really only used with natural wood doors and cabinets instead of MDF or HDF materials, as these lack the natural grain stains are meant to enhance. 

Stained cabinets tend to be easier to maintain over time and last longer because it doesn’t peel or crack. But stains don’t have as many color options as paint, and they don’t have the smoothness paint’s consistency offers.


Glazed Cabinets

Glaze is applied over stains or paints to add more dimension and contrast to cabinets, particularly with shaker and raised-panel style doors. Where stains seep into the surface, glaze sits on top, with two different application methods that each have different effects. 

The first method is an accent glaze, which applies the glaze in corners and lines to create decorative contrast, like with our antique white collection. It’s used to highlight details in the cabinets without affecting the overall look. The second method is to add texture to the overall look of paints or stains.


Overall: Choose the Option You Love

Since paints and stains have such different qualities, it’s best to choose the style you like over the style you think others like. Go with the perfectly smooth finish of paint or embrace the natural features stains enhance. We offer both types so you can find the best fit for your home.


Which Cabinet Design Style Matches Your Vision?

With so many interior design styles out there, our Wilora Hawthorne and Wilora Paloma cabinets were designed to fit under the following styles: farmhouse, modern, classic, transitional, industrial, and cottage. They match other designs as well, but we choose to focus on the most popular styles to keep our collections simple and easier to filter down as you browse.

  

Farmhouse Cabinets

Farmhouse Cabinets

The farmhouse aesthetic is popular thanks to a combination of fresh colors mixed with a priority on  features designed to make kitchen life easier. Farmhouse sinks, cabinets, lighting, organizational accessories, and beautifully durable flooring all contribute to the ease and comfort found in farmhouse styles. 

White is a popular color thanks to its bright appearance and how it pays homage to an era of farmhouses where whitewashed furniture and walls were popular. Enjoy light shades such as white, dove, or antique white, or go with a wood tone or gray to change things up. 

For the quintessential farmhouse look, we recommend white painted cabinets. This provides a smooth, simple finish that’s almost understated in its beauty. Wood, iron, metals, and glass fixtures make ideal accents to complete the look.


Modern Cabinets

Modern Cabinets

First hitting the art scene over a century ago, modern design  focuses on clean lines with minimal decorative elements. Turning away from the unnecessary decorative details popular in the Victorian era, modern styles developed to elevate unobtrusive shapes and minimalism by focusing on function over form. As such, every element of the modern kitchen serves a purpose that’s relaxing yet stylish. 

Cabinets are the anchor in defining a modern kitchen, so choice and color are important. For the optimal clean look, glossy white slab style cabinets are an ideal choice. White matches everything, offering a simple, uncomplicated look. To add a touch of color or wood tone, check out slab doors in colors like grey wood, white pine, oyster shell, or dark wood. Hues range from light and airy to dark and rich, matching your ideal aesthetic.

When choosing pulls and knobs for modern kitchen cabinets, look for simple shapes with straight lines, smooth curves and very little beveling or other decorative details. Avoid pulls and knobs with floral patterns, excessive beveling, or knotwork designs. Popular finishes include glass, natural stone, wood, and chrome. This creates an inviting mixture of both manmade and organic elements to keep the room pleasing but inviting.


Classic Cabinets

Classic Cabinets

Classic kitchens feature traditional trimmings and decoration. It’s all about adding extra details and décor to elevate a room’s look without overwhelming it. The goal is to look beautiful, warm, and welcoming. Shaker cabinets or doors with raised panels work best with a classic look, with colors ranging from antique white to rich wood tones like saddle. Additional accessories such as fluted legs, wine racks, and crown molding are classic flourishes for adding an upscale look to your cabinets. 

With other fixtures, such as lighting, hardware, and faucets, popular accents include iron, crystal, glass, oil-rubbed bronze, silver, and brass. Chandeliers and pendant lights are also impeccable choices to make a statement.


Transitional Cabinets

Transitional Cabinets

Transitional refers to a newer style that combines the sleek look of modern with a few decorative twists from traditional. It’s bold and comfortable. And the best characteristic of transitional design is how well it lends itself to personalization and customization. While many interior design styles have well-defined rules, a transitional style is a hybrid. You choose what you want it to be. 

For cabinets, grey is popular because neutral tones match well with other finishes and accents. Both raised panel and shaker cabinet styles are popular in transitional kitchens, and because it’s such a flexible style it embraces a wide range of colors from light to dark and wood grains.

With lighting fixtures, hardware, and faucets, stylish finishes include glass, polished nickel, gold, and matte black. 


Industrial Cabinets

Industrial Cabinets

Industrial style kitchens draw inspiration from manufacturing and industrial buildings. Transforming old factories and buildings into livable spaces holds an unexpected charm. Designing interiors featuring exposed brick, ductwork, plaster, cast-iron fixtures, and concrete is very popular, especially with the environmentally conscious.

Industrial styles embrace raw minimalism, finding the beauty in bare architecture and utilizing it as an aesthetic feature rather than a blemish to cover up. When selecting the right cabinets for an industrial look, a flat slab door provides a minimalist aesthetic that works well, or shaker doors are a simple option that add dimension.. White and grey are popular because neutrals match everything, while wood tones pair well with concrete or brick.

For hardware, matte black, raw steel, oil-rubbed bronze, or polished nickel are popular finishes, especially when used with bar pull handles. Glass light fixtures featuring vintage Edison style bulbs are also a hallmark of this design. Choose a bright accent color such as red, blue, yellow, or green to catch the eye.


Cottage Cabinets

Cottage Cabinets

Cottage kitchens focus on light, airy spaces with touches of rustic simplicity. A few vintage elements, like an oil lantern and a white cast-iron sink, add old-fashioned charm, while linen window treatments and flannel tablecloths provide warmth. The cottage style is a blend of the old and new. It feels natural and inviting. 

With cottage style cabinets, antique white is the ideal color, with door styles varying between raised panel and Shaker. Glass doors both work well in this aesthetic, especially if you have fine china to show off. And accessories like fluted legs and wine racks add tasteful hints of refinement.

Ornately decorative hardware works well with cottage cabinets, especially antique pewter, bronze, or iron. Consider latches for cabinets. These add an antique touch while keeping doors secure. Pair with wood floors or subway tiles to complete the look.


Installing Your Kitchen Cabinets

When you purchase cabinets, you are either buying them custom made by a local woodworker, preassembled, or ready-to-assembled (RTA). Custom cabinets are expensive and time consuming to install. Preassembled cabinets require little work, as you simply mount the boxes and install the doors, but they have the highest risk of damage during the shipping process.  RTA cabinets have the least risk of damage during shipping and are more affordable overall.  

For RTA cabinets, you have a couple options when assembling and installing your cabinets. You can choose to build and install them yourself or hire a professional. For the DIYer, check out our  guide on how to install cabinets in your home.. 

When we create a design of your cabinets, we annotate measurements to promote a smooth assembly and install experience. We also keep our installation instructions simple at less than three pages. Don’t forget to download our instructions. 


How to Organize and Accessorize Your Cabinets

Cabinet Organization

Choosing cabinets is the first step in organizing your kitchen to fit your lifestyle. The next step is to find exactly which accessories provide the best way to store dishes, glasses, bakeware, utensils, small appliances, and more. You have the space. Now find out how to best utilize that space.


Kitchen Cabinet and Drawer Organizers

To make daily life easier, there are a wide range of organizers available for cabinets and drawers. If there’s something commonly found in kitchens, chances are we have an organizer for it. 


Organizers for Drawers

Drawers can be used to store virtually anything that fits. Here are some organizers we offer:

  • To store bowls and plates easily and safely, browse through our peg board drawer inserts. The pegs keep the items from shifting when opening and closing drawers, saving plates and bowls from chips and cracks. . 
  • To keep pots and their corresponding lids together, check out pot and lid organizers
  • For silverware, choose from single tier or two-tier cutlery trays
  • Keep knife blocks off the counter and out of sight with a solid wood knife organizer
  • Keep spices neatly organized with a spice drawer organizer so you can see the labels to quickly spice up your life. 

With so many options, you can keep your drawers neatly arranged to find what you need when you need it. 


Organizers for Cabinets

For cabinet organization, there are quite a few options as well. 

  • Available in single can and double can options,  a cabinet pullout keeps garbage cans and smells behind closed doors.. 
  • Install tray dividers to keep cookie sheets, cutting boards, and pizza pans neatly organized and ready to use. 
  • Add a pullout under your sink to neatly arrange cleaning supplies. 
  • Use solid shelf pull-outs to store larger bakeware, pots, pans, and lids so you don’t have to practically inside the cabinet to find what you need. 
  • Include a Lazy Susan with a corner cabinet to improve access to all items in the spaces. 
  • Have a heavy stand mixer taking up counter space? Store it with a specially crafted pullout that lifts the mixer to counter height so you can use it when you need and store it when you don’t. 
  • Whether your kitchen is large or small, we have cabinet storage to help keep things in order.


Cabinet Accessories, Panels, Trims, and Additions

Adding accessories like trim and molding elevates the style of your cabinets while panels are necessary to complete the look. Legs and feet are popular decorative accessories you can pair with a pullout spice rack to be both functional and beautiful. Corbels are like brackets installed on range hoods or under cabinets for added support or decoration. These accessories range from simple to elaborate carved designs, meaning they’re compatible with most styles. 


Panels

Panels finish the look of your cabinets. If there is an exposed side of a cabinet box or an appliance you want to hide, there are panels to cover it, creating a consistent look throughout your kitchen. Toe kicks bridge the gap between the cabinet and the floor, covering up the cabinet legs. Fillers cover any gaps between cabinets and appliances. Valances add a decorative panel to bridge gaps between cabinets and ceilings or to decorate range hoods. 


Molding

Molding is available for both above and below cabinetry. Crown molding sits atop the cabinets, adding a high-class look that goes perfectly with classic, cottage, and farmhouse styles. Toe-kick apron molding goes at the bottom. Rope molding features a curved design like the pattern of a rope. It works well as a decorative touch above or below cabinets and pairs with crown molding for a sophisticated look. Light rail molding is most often installed below wall cabinets to conceal under cabinet lighting while adding a classy touch.


Cabinet Touch Up Kits

Touch up kits are small pen-like items that match the color of your cabinets. Hopefully you never actually need one, but if if your cabinets are scuffed or scratched, the touch-up kit is an easy way to fix the area. It is helpful to know you have a way to help repair it with a color that perfectly matches.


Cabinet Hardware: The Final Touch

Drawer Hardware

Cabinet hardware includes pulls, knobs, and latches. Think of them like a watch on your wrist – functional yet beautiful. Hardware adds the final punctuation to the statement your cabinets make. 

Pulls tend to be longer and bigger than knobs. Since your hand wraps around the pull, it provides greater leverage for opening and closing, making it ideal for drawers with heavy items and large doors. Lengths vary from around 1” to over 30”, meaning you have plenty of options for your cabinets, drawers and appliances. Consider the projection measurements, which tells you how far the pull protrudes from the cabinet. A longer projection allows for bigger hands and saves your knuckles from rubbing against cabinets. Projections range between ½" to 2”. Popular shapes include cup handles, bar pulls, rectangular, and curved. 

Knobs are smaller and designed for fingertips rather than palms.  Shapes for knobs consist of square, rectangular, round, simple, detailed, beveled, artisanal, and even translucent styles. Knobs have projections ranging from ½" to 1 ¾", though it’s not as important as a pull’s projections. 

Latches are a quick way to secure loose doors while adding a rustic touch. They’re perfect for cottage and farmhouse kitchens. Latch styles range from simple to ornate, with materials like solid brass, stainless steel, nickel, gold, chrome, bronze, antiqued finishes, transparent acrylic, and matte black.

 

How to Update Kitchen Cabinets Without Replacing Them

If new cabinets aren’t a feasible option yet, you can take some steps to revitalize and extend the life of your current cabinets. 

 

Replace or Add Parts

As glides and hinges get older, smooth motions becomes squeaky, rough, or parts may break altogether. Upgrade old hinges and slides with new versions to restore effortless motion and operation. If you’re tired of being woken up on Saturday mornings from cabinet doors being slammed, add bumpers to the corners to dampen sounds and prevent banging and upgrade to soft-close hinges.

 

Add or Update Hardware

Cabinet pulls and knobs are an affordable way to upgrade the look and feel of your cabinets without having to redesign the entire room. Styles range from modern to vintage, from simple to ornate. Try a different finish. Change from knobs to pulls. Try a completely different design style for a new aesthetic. 

Older cabinets often don’t stay closed when you shut them. To solve this problem, add a beautiful finish by installing latches to keep cabinets secure so they don’t awkwardly hang open. These work well on wall, base, and tall cabinets.

 

Replace the Face

If your cabinet boxes are in good condition, you don’t need to replace everything. In this case, you can change the face of the cabinets by choosing a different door style or color with our replacement doors

Available in laminate, MDF, HDF, or solid birch, we carry doors and drawer fronts for both framed and frameless cabinet boxes. Choose a similar color to your boxes or add a different color for contrast. 

 

How to Find Cabinets Online

With fast shipping, responsive customer service, and quality products available online, you don’t need a store to find the right cabinets for your home anymore. No waiting in line. No searching for the right person to help. At Vevano Home, you can shop when and where it’s convenient for you, taking time find the right style, the right design, and compare options.  

 

Cabinet Design and Room Planning at Your Fingertips

While new cabinets are fantastic for reshaping the look of a room, you might find yourself overwhelmed at all the combinations, accessories, and styles. But what if you could have a personalized design from an expert? You can

Our designers are experts at turning “I wish I could…” into “I’m glad I did.” Each room has potential. So, whether you have a small kitchen, a large one, a bathroom with uncommon measurements, or you want to transform a bedroom into something new,you have a professional dedicated to taking your vision to the next level. 

 

Find Inspiration

We welcome your inspiration, whether from Pinterest, pictures of a loved one’s remodel, a magazine, or a unique idea. We want to know everything so we can set to creating the ideal design for you, tailored to your taste and how you use the space. 

Share your favorite colors, finishes, fabrics, the kind of appliances or furniture you like. Every detail helps to inspire a design for your home.

If you aren’t sure what you like, we can help with that as well. That’s one of the benefits of having your own personal designer.

 

Enjoy Personalized Design Services

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What does a designer actually do for you? It’s not just color palettes and décor. A designer takes all those details that make your home uniquely yours to create a rendering of what your real home could like - the shape of your room, where cabinets are currently located, what your lifestyle is like, whether you have kids or pets, where the plumbing is, and your inspiration. They’ll tell you what floor matches the cabinets best, what kind of molding and details would bring out the aesthetic you’re looking for, and what layout would make your life easiest.

They don’t stop there, either. Our designers take feedback from you to improve upon the design until you’re satisfied. From there we keep your design as well as all of the products used on file so you can order when you’re ready.

 

Sample Kits Delivered to Your Home

While a 3D rendering is great it’s even better paired with samples. That’s why we send a sample kit to your door. Compare the samples with your 3D rendering to test how everything looks under different lighting throughout the day and night. Compare how the different colors and materials look next to each other. Examine the quality of the cabinet door, the feel of the floor, the texture of the backsplash, how the samples work together to create a cohesive, refined palette to elevate the look of the room.

 

Cabinet FAQ

Below are some common questions about cabinets. If you have more questions that we haven’t answered, feel free to ask us at design@vevano.com

 

What are RTA cabinets?

RTA stands for ready-to-assemble. These cabinets are shipped unassembled, or flat packed, to your home. You can assemble and install them or hire a professional.

 

How to Choose Hardware for Cabinets?

The first decision is to choose pulls or knobs. Both serve the same function, but some prefer handles to knobs, while others prefer knobs. You can also mix knobs and pulls for a more diverse look to your cabinets.

Next, decide the finish. Contrasting finishes like chrome, brass, stainless steel, or polished nickel tend to work well on darker cabinets. For light colored cabinets you have a wider variety as both light-colored materials and contrasting tones work well.

 

How are wall cabinets attached to a wall?

With wall cabinets, a wooden support rail is attached the wall. Cabinets are then mounted to the wall  where the studs are located. For more information on how cabinets are installed, see our cabinet install guide.

 

How do I design my cabinets?

You have a few options when designing your cabinets. You can shop and choose cabinets for your home according to what you need, using an interior design program to help you visualize the the cabinets, but these programs require powerful computers and a moderate level of technical expertise. You can also go with a professional designer by hiring one in your area or go with one of Vevano’s virtual interior designers. Our designers have years of experience in designing both new builds and remodels.

 

Can I paint my kitchen cabinets?

While you can paint your kitchen cabinets, we do recommend opting for a professional application, or buying newly painted kitchen cabinets that arrive the exact shade that you want. Professional painters ensure a smooth process and clean finish that lasts longer than most at-home applications. The same is true of new painted cabinets as well.

 

How much are kitchen cabinets? 

Kitchen cabinet costs vary by style, customizations, and color, but a good rule of thumb is that, for in-stock cabinets, you can expect to pay $100 to $300 per linear foot. For more details on cabinet costs, check out our article “How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost?”

 

How to measure kitchen cabinets?

To begin measuring your kitchen cabinets, start by drawing an outline of your kitchen. Mark any doors and windows you have. Next, mark where your cabinets and appliances are (or where you want them to be). 

Then start measuring the following:

  • Cabinet heights
  • Lengths
  • Depths
  • Widths
  • Distance between wall cabinets and base cabinets. 

For more detailed instructions and an example of what completed measurements might look like, see our post on “8 Easy Steps for Measuring Your Kitchen for New Cabinets”.

 

Ready to Find Your New Cabinets?

Now that you’ve learned about the different styles, types, and sizes of cabinets, browse our cabinet collection to find the styles that match your home’s aesthetic. If you’d like to consult with one of our expert designers, check out our Design Services page to get started. No measurements required. All we need to begin is your name, a contact method, and an image of your room to be redesigned.