Planning a kitchen renovation is not only exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming due to the many decisions you will need to make during the process. There are a myriad of possibilities and directions you could go in terms of cabinet style, color, functionality and construction, and if you don’t get a first-hand look at the full range of choices that are available, you could be making your buying decisions based on incomplete or insufficient information. For this reason, visiting a cabinet showroom is one of the most important steps you can take before committing to any particular course of action with your renovation. Here’s why:
1. Looks can be deceiving
There can be a big difference between the way a set of cabinets looks in a design magazine or website versus how they actually look in real life. This difference between 2D and 3D can sometimes be pleasantly surprising, while at other times it can be a complete deal-breaker.
For example, you may have your heart set on a particular cabinet configuration, but when you see it in real life, you discover that the shelves are too shallow, or there aren’t enough storage options for the under-the-counter units. In addition, many times a print magazine or online photo gallery doesn’t accurately convey the true color of a cabinet set; this can definitely throw your decorating plans out of whack.
By seeing the cabinet set in real life, you can get a much better idea of how it will mesh aesthetically with your overall design scheme. In fact, many homeowners will take samples of fabrics, flooring, wall colors, etc., with them to the showroom to ensure a good match.
2. Visiting a showroom is the only way you can evaluate the workmanship of a set of cabinets.
It’s very important for you to be satisfied with how the cabinets feel, and how well they function. When visiting a cabinet showroom, you can touch and feel the different finishes that are available. You can also get a good feel for the overall quality of construction of the cabinets, including how well the doors align, how sturdy the shelves and drawer bottoms are and how well the drawers glide in and out. You can also inspect the quality of the finer details such as hinges, drawer pulls and knobs.
3.You’ll have the opportunity to work with a kitchen design professional.
They will take the time to thoroughly understand your needs, and then offer knowledgeable suggestions and recommendations that can fit within your budget, which is one of the biggest advantages of visiting a showroom.
Your design coach will provide you with valuable expertise regarding important details such as wood selections, door styles and finish treatments. Once you’ve communicated your vision for the space, he or she will be able to take you around the showroom and present you with a selection of options that fit, so you can truly get a hands-on, “try-before-you-buy” experience. For the homeowner who may already feel overwhelmed by all of the details of renovating a kitchen, the advice and insight of a professional kitchen design coach will be a breath of fresh air during the buying process.