5 Tips for Selecting Kitchen Cabinets

Updated on: September 5, 2022

5 Tips for Selecting Kitchen Cabinets5 Tips for Selecting Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in a home and there are so many decisions to be made when starting the process of renovating or designing a new kitchen. Your design style, functionality, and budget are the three biggest factors when making decisions and can help guide you in figuring out the best cabinets to install in the space.

Beautiful kitchens take thoughtful planning and knowledge!Beautiful kitchens take thoughtful planning and knowledge!
Beautiful kitchens take thoughtful planning and knowledge!

Below are five factors to consider in selecting the right cabinets for your kitchen project...


This is the most important factor in designing a kitchen. Any space can look beautiful and be within budget, but if it doesn't work for you and your family, none of the other things matter. Are you an aspiring gourmet chef and want your kitchen to be able to accommodate many cooking appliances and accessories? Or, are you someone who has beautiful family heirloom serving pieces that you want to display in the kitchen and glass cabinets are a must for you? It's crucial to take stock of all the items you would like to store, display, etc when beginning the kitchen design process. There are also many accessories that can be installed within the cabinets to help with organization and storage.

Accessories added to the interior of cabinets help with organization.Accessories added to the interior of cabinets help with organization.
Accessories added to the interior of cabinets help with organization.

Desired Style

Your door style and cabinet finish play a big part in setting the tone and style of your kitchen. If you desire a more traditional look, we suggest selecting a cabinet door with features like ornate molding or glazing to emphasize the details of the door. Also, look for darker stained cabinets if you're leaning towards a more traditional appearance. If you're aiming for a transitional, clean-lined style in your kitchen, we suggest looking at our Shaker-style Cabinets. They have just enough detail, but the door style doesn’t overwhelm a space. Here at Cabinets.com, we also pride ourselves on offering the large selection of painted and stained finish options. We have an option for every design style!

Wood Type

The type of wood the cabinets are constructed of determines the durability, appearance, and longevity of the cabinets. Two very popular wood types for cabinets are cherry and maple, both of which we offer at Cabinets.com. Cherry is a sturdy wood known for its red undertones. Cherry has a uniform appearance with visible pin holes and graining. It is a popular choice for stained cabinets. Maple is another popular wood for cabinet construction and is much lighter in color with a uniform graining. Maple is used a lot for painted cabinets, but is just as beautiful stained with mineral streaks becoming more apparent, adding to the character of the wood.

Example of stained cherry cabinets.Example of stained cherry cabinets.
Example of stained cherry cabinets.
Example of stained maple cabinets.Example of stained maple cabinets.
Example of stained maple cabinets.

Framed vs. Frameless

Traditionally, American cabinet manufacturers build cabinets using a frame construction. With a framed cabinet, there is a 1-1/2\'" face frame at the front of the cabinet box. The doors are then attached to the frame, which increases the strength and stability of the cabinet door. Frameless cabinet construction is more popular with European cabinet styles. There is no surrounding frame and the doors attach directly to the sides of the cabinet box. Frameless cabinet construction provides a sleek, seamless appearance and is popular with more modern cabinet design styles.

Our designers can help you make the right decision in selecting kitchen cabinets for your space and budget. All you have to do to get started is submit a design request.