The prospect of purchasing new cabinets for your kitchen is definitely exciting, but it can also seem overwhelming in light of the many options you have to choose from. Since kitchen cabinets play such an important role in the overall look and functionality of your kitchen, it’s wise not to rush into a decision without first considering all of the key variables that come along with this type of purchase.
One of the best things you can do to help you make a well-informed decision is to visit a kitchen cabinet showroom. Visiting a showroom is important for a number of reasons; for one, you can actually see the cabinets in “3D” and test their real-life functionality with your own hands. This will give you a much more thorough perspective versus just perusing different design magazines or websites and looking at pictures. Not only that, but by viewing various kitchen cabinet models in real life, you’ll be able to get a better feel for their actual color and size, which can sometimes be inadvertently skewed by inaccurate photography colors or effects.
In many ways, your first visit to a cabinet showroom will set the tone for your entire remodeling project. In order to get the most out of your visit, you’ll need to make some important preparations before you arrive, and keep in mind some key things to do when you get there. Below are some helpful tips to make your cabinet showroom visit as productive as possible.
Consult with a professional kitchen design coach
This should be the top priority on your list. Out of the veritable universe of potential renovation choices you could make, your kitchen design coach will help you narrow down those ideas into a workable set of options based on your preferences, needs and budget. Be sure to put together a kitchen renovation “wish list,” and bring any magazines or pages printed from the Internet that depict the type of cabinet styles that appeal to you. Your kitchen design coach will then help you create a balanced approach that will enable you to accomplish your renovation agenda within a practical and realistic framework.
Establish your budget
Have this figure firmly established in your mind before you get into the showroom, because once you’re there, it can be easy to get emotionally wrapped up in the excitement of exploring new renovation possibilities, which can tempt you to bite off more than you can chew in the budget department. Even if you’re still somewhat unclear about exactly what you want when you get to the showroom, you can at least gauge your decisions based on what you can afford.
Have your cabinet measurements on hand
You should measure every dimension of your kitchen cabinet area and have these numbers on hand before you arrive at the showroom. With this information, you can provide more accurate information to the sales representative, so that they can furnish you with more precise estimates and suggestions for your renovation project.
Think about Functionality
You should have certain functional elements in mind, so that your kitchen cabinets will provide you with optimal utility in addition to their visual appeal. This may include certain specialized features such as deep pull-out drawers, rotating shelves and so forth.
Test Cabinet Construction
Don’t be afraid to take a hands-on approach to selecting your kitchen cabinets. Open and close the cabinet doors and drawers to make sure that the hinges and drawer glides are of an acceptable quality. Physically handling the different aspects and features of the cabinet models in the showroom will give you a good idea of the type of durability and functionality you can expect from the cabinets you may want to purchase.
Be mindful of the finer details
It’s important to pay attention to the finer details of your prospective cabinets as well, such as the hardware (pulls, knobs and handles) and any molding or embellishments that the cabinets may feature. Decide if these features are what you really want, especially in light of their day-to-day functionality. The last thing you would want is to purchase cabinets that carry a visual appeal, but offer comparatively little in terms of making your kitchen an ideal food preparation area.
When it comes to renovating your kitchen, a little planning and forethought goes a long way. If you’ve done your homework using the tips listed above, you can maximize your cabinet showroom visit and make measurable progress towards accomplishing your kitchen renovation goals.
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