Kitchen cabinets are constructed furniture used for storing kitchen equipment and tools such as the oven, utensils, and cutlery. They are an integral part of every kitchen, so you should know the basics of cabinet upkeep and the dos and don'ts of cabinet care and maintenance.
This article will provide some important tips to note about kitchen cabinets. Keeping these insights in mind will ensure that you get the most out of your cabinets and kitchen.
Depending on your budget, in purchasing cabinets you should skip nonessential properties and focus on the most important or most convenient concerns.
If your old cabinets are still sturdy and plumb, consider refurbishing or refinishing them instead of replacing them entirely. Refurbishing and refinishing includes painting, drilling, and knob replacement. Adding convenience with lazy susans or roll-out shelves should also be part of your consideration in refurbishing old cabinets. Refurbishing saves significant cost and affects your house economy positively.
Depending on your budget or perhaps preference for quality, you may choose either stock, custom or semi-custom cabinets.
In the selection and purchase process, do not be distracted by the look of a cabinet. Rather, use an already pre-written plan to guide you throughout your purchase. This plan must include your budget, the features you need and the hardware to go along with it. Another important thing to consider is the storage capacity of the cabinet and the space of your kitchen. These elements should affect the type of cabinet you purchase.
Be sure to purchase kitchen cabinets with high quality hinges, doors, knobs and drawer slides. It is advisable to insist on long-lasting hardware for all moving parts because they wear with time.
A lazy susan is a turntable installed in cabinets; it rotates, allowing ease of access to all parts of the cabinet. The lazy susan allows accessibility for items that are difficult to reach-items in such areas as the edges or corners of cabinets. Therefore, lazy susans are useful hardware to add to your cabinets.
Since most kitchen walls aren't straight, scribes or filler pieces should be applied to the back of the cabinet to prevent moving parts like drawers and doors from touching the wall. This prevents damage to the wall and thus curbs extra bills that may go into repairs.
Before installing your cabinet, be sure to remove the doors and drawers so to make the installation process easier and less tasking.
Shims are thin wedges of material is used in filling small gaps. They are typically used to support or provide a level surface. Shims may also be used as spacers to fill gaps between parts that are prone to wear. They may be usefully employed in the kitchen to keep the cabinets in a straight line, thus leveling them if there's a bow in the wall. It is advisable to brace the weight of the cabinet with wood support. This will prevent the cabinet from slipping out of line or sliding over the wall (you definitely don't want this!).
Finally, be sure that a microwave outlet is installed in the cabinet. This makes it easier to plug the microwave in.