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What to Know Before Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

cabinet selection at five star kitchen design center in pearl river nyChoosing the right cabinets is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make for your new kitchen. Not only do cabinets serve as the backbone of your kitchen’s functionality, but they also contribute significantly to its aesthetic appeal. To have a kitchen that looks great and functions for how you live, it’s essential to be well-informed before making your cabinet selection. Here are several key factors to consider.

Space Constraints

Whether you are working within an existing footprint or reconfiguring the space, the layout will determine the best cabinet configuration for your space. Taking all dimensions into account, including the square footage of your existing kitchen, and whether you will be designing within the existing footprint and/or removing walls, are all considerations before selecting cabinetry. Custom or semi-custom cabinets allow for greater flexibility in accommodating unique layouts and spatial constraints.


Your kitchen should reflect your personality and design style. Whether you prefer traditional, modern, or transitional styles, there are countless cabinet design options to choose from. Choose door, drawer, and trim options that suit your aesthetic and complement the rest of your home.

Meal Prep Needs

The cabinet design and layout of your new kitchen should reflect the chefs in your kitchen! Consider your dream kitchen:

  •   Would you love to prepare elaborate meals?
  •   Cook simpler fare?
  •   Involve your children in the meal preparation?

How you plan to cook will help determine your cabinet choices, i.e., pull outs over shelving, spice cabinet adjacent to cooktop, etc.


Your dream kitchen should make entertaining easier. Think about your lifestyle – do you want easy-access storage spaces for holiday party dishes; or a visible display of barware; or a spacious comfortable area for chatting with guests. Cabinets and islands that match your entertaining needs can elevate the functionality and ambiance of your at-home gatherings.


Kitchen cabinets come in various materials, each with its own set of features. Common materials include hardwoods like oak, maple, and cherry, as well as engineered woods. Consider factors such as durability and aesthetics when choosing the material for your cabinets and how it fits into your specific tastes and lifestyle.

Storage Needs

Assess your storage needs before selecting kitchen cabinets. Consider the items you need to store, including cookware, utensils, and pantry staples. Features like pull outs, adjustable shelves, deep drawers, and specialized organizers can help maximize storage efficiency and keep your kitchen organized and easy to enjoy.

Kitchen Hardware and Accessories

Cabinet hardware and accessories play a vital role in both functionality and aesthetics. From drawer pulls and knobs to hinges and sliders, choose hardware that complements the style of your cabinets and enhances their usability.

Quality and Construction

Investing in high-quality cabinets that are built to last ensures your kitchen features’ durability and longevity. Cabinets with solid wood frames, dovetail joints, and sturdy hardware are likely to withstand the test of time and daily use in what is usually the busiest room in your home.

Professional Installation

Proper installation is essential for ensuring that your kitchen cabinets function as intended and look their best. Experienced professionals overseeing the installation process prevents structural issues and protects the integrity of your cabinets.

By considering these key factors before choosing kitchen cabinets, you can make informed decisions that result in a functional, stylish, and durable kitchen space. Whether you prioritize aesthetics, functionality, or affordability, there are cabinets available to suit every need and preference.

We encourage you to take your time to explore options and take advantage of our experienced kitchen design consultants to help create the kitchen of your dreams!

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