Kitchen Renovation 101: Top 5 Things to Consider When Replacing Your Cabinets

Replacing your kitchen cabinets can completely change the look of your kitchen. With new cabinets, you can turn a frumpy, dull old kitchen into a beautiful new space that you enjoy spending time in with friends and family. You can change the look without even changing the appliances or the fixtures. The cabinets are that important.

You need to make the right choice for your cabinets to make the right impact on your kitchen. Here are the top five things you should consider when replacing your cabinets:

Custom And Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Available Space

Unless you’re ready to knock down a few walls, the space that your cabinets currently occupy is the space you will have. You will need to measure all the space available before you start planning out your new cabinets. You may be able to squeeze out a few more inches based on some innovative maneuvering or using up some empty space. You may also be able to get some more space by thinking vertically.

Take your measurements several times. It’s easy to make a mistake, and you don’t want to discover it after you’ve already ordered your cabinets.


You probably have a lot of ideas for the look you want for your kitchen, but you may not have the budget to make them all happen. Before you start narrowing down your list, it’s important that you figure out a solid budget. Decide how much you can spend and how much you can afford to finance. Set a target, and then give yourself a little wiggle room. But have a hard limit ready for your planning. Kitchen renovations are expensive, but you can always find areas to save such as refinishing your corian countertop rather than replacing it. This can look great with both custom and semi-custom cabinets.


Some materials are more affordable, but they are not durable. Some materials are more durable, but they are high-maintenance. Talk to your contractor about the different options to decide what the right materials will be for your cabinets. The materials will influence the look of the cabinets, the cost, the maintenance, and the longevity. Spend some time weighing your options before you make a decision to ensure that you are getting the right balance of features to meet the majority of your needs.


This is the part that most people focus on when they think about renovating their kitchen. They have strong ideas about what design they want their kitchen cabinets to have. Usually, they are focused on the look of the doors and drawer fronts, but there is a lot more to consider. The size of the cabinets, functionality, materials, finish, hardware, and more can all influence the way the cabinets look.

Talk with a cabinet builder who can use computer programming to help you see how your kitchen will change with slight changes to the cabinet design. If that’s not possible, look through the cabinet builder’s portfolio to see different configurations.

Cabinet Type

You have three options for your kitchen cabinets: Stock, semi-custom or custom cabinets. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. Stock cabinets are those that are already built and are sold in home improvement stores and cabinet suppliers. These cabinets are ready to install, and they are cheap. However, they are also limited in design options, sizing, and more. What you see is what you get.

Semi-custom cabinets provide an option for more personalization if you like a stock cabinet but it just needs some tweaking. Semi-custom cabinets usually add custom door or drawer fronts or other changes to a stock cabinet. These cabinets are less expensive than fully customized cabinets, and it lets you get more of the look you want. Custom cabinets give you the ultimate flexibility in your design, but you will need to be ready to wait longer for them to be built and to pay more.

Careful research and planning can help you get the right kitchen cabinets for your home so that you get the look you want and enjoy your investment for years to come. It’s also important that you work with the right cabinet maker to get the advice you need and the right quality workmanship for your budget.

AZ Cabinet Maker can help you get a new look for your kitchen by creating semi-custom cabinets. We are a five star-rated cabinet maker, and we build and install our cabinets locally. We provide finishes and hardware for every style, and we can create semi-custom cabinets for every budget. Call us today to meet with a semi-custom cabinet designer and start creating the kitchen of your dreams.

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