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Buyers Guide to Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are a great way to make a bold statement in your kitchen design, while also adding the functionality you need to keep your kitchen tidy and organized. Choosing kitchen cabinets among all the various colors, styles, and designs can be difficult. At Patete Kitchen & Bath Design, we’ve put together the ultimate guide for cabinet buying to help you make the best choice for your kitchen!

Designing Your Space

The custom kitchen cabinets you choose will work to bring your entire design together. Working with a professional interior design company, like Patete Kitchen & Bath Galleria, can provide you with custom kitchen cabinets, expertly crafted kitchen designs, and access to the latest products and fixtures on the market for your design. We can work with you to determine the style you want to achieve and your budget for the project to ensure we can meet your needs.

The first thing you need to determine when designing your kitchen is what kind of look you are going for. Are you shooting for a more modern look with clean lines and neutral colors? A bright-colored space with fun accents? Or are you going for a more rustic look? Once you determine your goal for the style you are trying to achieve, you can begin picking fixtures, countertops, appliances, and kitchen cabinets to suit that style.

Once you have a look you are going for, we will work on the layout of the kitchen and where you would like to have your cabinets hung.

Choosing a Style

When choosing kitchen cabinets, you will find that there are a variety of styles and features available for modern cabinets ranging from simple to elaborate. When designing your new cabinets, you will need to decide on:

Framed or Frameless Construction?

For framed cabinets, there is a 1 ½ -inch frame at the front of the cabinet box. This helps to add dimension while also giving the hinges a place to attach. Frameless cabinets have a European-inspired, contemporary style and allow for greater accessibility since the face frame is eliminated.

Your Must-Have Cabinet Features

There are a variety of options available beyond the standard, swing-open cabinets. You can choose from base cabinets that feature solutions for hiding appliances and garbage cans. You can also choose from cabinets equipped with spice racks and pull-outs as well as drawers for storage.

If you have the budget for custom cabinetry design, you can create the exact kitchen cabinets you want for your dream kitchen!

Materials in Cabinets

When you choose custom hardwood cabinets from Tedd Wood Fine Cabinetry, you can choose from an array of natural wood material options such as oak, maple, alder, and cherry. If you are looking at a standard retailer for your kitchen cabinets, you will find they feature materials beyond hardwood. Each of these options has its advantages and challenges.

Particle Board

With a low price point, particleboard cabinets can be a tempting choice. It is created by adhering pressed wood together and then covering it with veneer. This type of cabinetry is sensitive to moisture and does not provide a lot of durability. With all the wear and tear that your kitchen experiences, particleboard cabinetry is not the ideal option if you are looking for something that will last.


Plywood is a more durable cabinetry option than particleboard. This material is made from multiple layers of wood laminated together, which is then finished with birch or maple veneer. Typically plywood cabinets can perform well against moisture and heavy use but carry a higher price point than particle board cabinets.

Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) Kitchen Cabinets

MDF is a type of engineered wood consisting of thin panels composed of wood fiber, wax, and resin. MDF is very durable and is usually considered to surpass plywood cabinetry and can perform just as well as a solid wood in many applications. MDF has a smooth finish that makes it a great option for painting.

Hardwood Cabinetry

With hardwood, you have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to grain patterns and finishes. With numerous finish options available from paint to stain, you can truly customize your cabinetry when you choose hardwood for your material.

Choosing a Color

You can make a major impact on the style of your kitchen by choosing a stunning finish and color for your new kitchen cabinets. Current design trends we’ve seen for kitchen cabinets are sleek cabinet switch rich tone or a mix of light and dark. Woodgrain finishes are also still a popular option if you want to bring warmth, elegance, and a more rustic appeal to your kitchen.

Selecting Hardware for Your Cabinets 

From handles and knobs to hinges and other hardware, there are a variety of options out there to choose from. Hardware is an integral part of your cabinet design, and it comes is a wide range of styles for both cabinet knobs and handles. While the options for knobs and handles may seem endless, our team of expert designers can look at your overall kitchen style and help you narrow down the hardware choices to help you find the best look for your new kitchen.

Installation of Your Kitchen Cabinets

Unless you have installed cabinets before or have a knack for handy work, kitchen cabinet installation is a job best left to the professionals. While installing the cabinets yourself may save on costs for installation, it is rarely the best decision. Proper installation is the key to your kitchen cabinets functioning safely, lasting for decades of use, and standing up to everyday wear and tear.

Having professionals install your cabinets comes with a wide variety of benefits, including:

Less Risk of Error, Less Waste

When you trust a professional to install your kitchen cabinets, they have the experience needed to reduce waste in your kitchen remodeling project and to reduce the risk of errors.


Safe and Secure Kitchen Cabinet Installation

Your kitchen cabinets are heavy and require a secure installation to ensure they don’t come loose from the wall. If you aren’t a professional, you risk improperly attaching the cabinets to the studs and drywall, creating a safety hazard.

Less Mess for You to Clean Up

If you’ve remodeled before, you know that kitchen remodeling is a very messy task, leaving behind debris and other messes that need to be cleaned up after the demolition and the installation is complete. When you hire a kitchen contractor to install your cabinets, they will dispose of your cabinets and clean up the rest of the mess left behind, leaving you with more time to enjoy your new kitchen.

Save Money in the Long Run

While hiring a professional to install your cabinets may seem counter-productive, it is one of the best investments you can make while remodeling your kitchen. If you want to install the kitchen cabinets yourself, you will need a variety of tools and materials to get the job done. Purchasing these tools and materials can add up for a homeowner who will likely never use the tools again, whereas a professional already has these tools. A professional will also provide you with a quality installation that will give your kitchen cabinets a longer lifespan and will save you money down the road for future kitchen remodels.

Professional Kitchen Remodeling Services

When you work with Patete Kitchen & Bath for your kitchen remodel, you receive expertly crafted designs, custom kitchen cabinets, and a dedication to quality and customer satisfaction every step of the way. Contact us today to get started!