Buying Cabinets – What to Expect
Most people only remodel a kitchen once or maybe twice in their entire life. Often, it is a project that people wait to do until retirement so they can have their dream kitchen for the rest of their lives. That being said, it can be an intimidating project because anything new and different is a little scary, especially if it costs a significant amount of kitchen designer money. However, going into the process prepared and finding friendly sales representatives can prevent it from becoming a stressful situation. Buying cabinets can actually be fun!
Before you go to the showroom to pick out a new kitchen there are some steps you can take to be as ready as possible. This will help you get exactly what you want and avoid any hassle.
Bring Pictures – If you can bring pictures of your current kitchen with you, either printed out or just on your phone or digital camera, this is a great help. The kitchen designer will be able to visualize what your current kitchen space looks and feels like.
Take Measurements – Even though someone from the design or installation team might come out to take precise measurements, it is a very good idea to bring in the dimensions of your kitchen so that you can get an initial estimate.
Find Samples or Magazine Clippings – Look around online or inside in-home magazines to see what you like. With a few ideas it should be easier to figure out exactly what you can get that will fit your budget.
Get Color Samples – If you are remodeling the entire room, bring samples of the flooring, paint, and countertops that you are considering. Matching the cabinets to these other critical components of the room will be much easier if you can put all the samples together to compare at the same time.
Look Inside Current Cabinets – Consider what you keep inside your current kitchen, and then as you are designing the new cabinets you can think about where you will put all of your utensils, dishes, pots, and pans. Knowing where everything will go before you even buy the cabinets will ensure that your new kitchen fits your needs exactly.