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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying New Cabinets

August 13, 2019

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re proud to serve as your one-stop shop for all custom cabinets, vanities and other custom woodworking projects. We have hundreds of stain and glaze formats available, with the latest technology used for everything from functionality to aesthetics.

For our wide range of customers, our top priority is to make the process of selecting and installing custom woodwork simple and easy. There’s one area where you can help us, and yourself, out here: Asking yourself a few very basic questions about your home’s needs and your personal desires before we consult with you to determine the right products and materials. Here are a few broad question types you should be considering in advance of purchasing kitchen cabinetry or any of our other quality materials.

questions before buying cabinets

What’s the Budget?

It may not be the most attractive question to answer, but it’s one of the most important. Determining your general budget range and where you want that money to be spent is vital for laying out the foundation of your entire project, whether it’s a full-on remodel or a minor cabinet upgrade.

What Do I Like and Dislike About Current Cabinets?

Are you fully replacing all your cabinets, or just looking to upgrade a certain area? In either case, taking some time to list out the positives and negatives from your current cabinets can go a long way. If some of them are remaining in the space, you may want to mimic some of their qualities in the new cabinets you choose.

A few areas you may want to consider include color, style and modernity, size and storage space, height, opening and closing capabilities (some older models may begin to squeak when opened, or may even become more difficult to open over time), and even the actual location of the cabinets themselves.

How’s My Storage Space?

We mentioned storage above, and it’s a top priority for many purchasing new cabinets. Consider what you plan to store in your cabinets, and whether this changes your needs. Think about not only general cabinet depth, but also height. In some cases, homeowners go as far as measuring the space and comparing it to major items or appliances they plan to store.

Which Cabinet Add-Ons Do I Need?

Finally, consider which items you want to add onto cabinets for increased organization and layout purposes. Possible items here include storage racks, slide-out shelves, spice racks, holders for pots or pans, spaces for trash bins, soft-closing doors or drawers, and potentially even a wine rack for certain cabinet types.

For more on the questions you should be asking yourself in advance of purchasing new kitchen cabinets, or to learn about any of our other materials, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.