Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinets: What to Tell Your Clients
When you are working on a project that involves installing new cabinetry, there are many different options for your client to choose from. As this can be overwhelming for many clients, it is important to present this information in a clear and concise manner. To help your clients decide, guide them through the following four main elements of choosing new cabinets.
Stock vs. Semi-Custom vs. Custom
First, your clients will need to decide between stock, semi-custom, and custom options for the cabinets. Stock cabinets are the least expensive as they are stocked in stores, but they offer little customization. Semi-custom cabinets are slightly more customizable, allowing you to specify certain options. Finally, custom cabinets are most expensive, but they are fully customizable.
Choosing the Wood
The next step in deciding on new cabinets is choosing the wood. There are many different wood options for clients to choose from, including cherry, oak, pine, maple, birch, hickory, mahogany, bamboo, and more. Suggest cherry to clients looking for a luxurious feel, or oak for others who want a more traditional look. Bamboo and mahogany are best for clients who want to add a unique, exotic element to their kitchen.
Door Style & Mounting
The next element that your clients will have to decide on is the door style and how they will be mounted. There is a variety of styles for them to choose from, ranging from traditional rectangular or arched panel designs to more modern and complicated styles with raised panels, beading, and other detail work. Determine what look your client is going for first to narrow the options.
In terms of mounting, ask your clients to choose between regular overlay, full overlay, and inset. Regular overlay means that they can see the face frame of the cabinet around the doors, full overlay hides the entire case behind the door, and inset refers to the doors resting flush within the cabinet frame.
Finish & Hardware
When it comes to finish, explain the various options to your clients – painting, glazing, staining, distressing, antiquing, etc. More often than not, the finish will correspond with the wood choice. For example, cherry darkens well with age after being stained. Finally, to complete their cabinets, clients must choose between hardware options. These also come in a wide variety, ranging from traditional to contemporary styles, and should be chosen to match the overall look of the cabinets.