How to Choose the Right Cabinetry for Your Home – And Beat Decision Paralysis at the Same Time!

How to Choose the Right Cabinetry for Your Home – And Beat Decision Paralysis at the Same Time!

We demand a lot from cabinets. Not only do we require them to be organizational overachievers, we expect them to do the heavy lifting when it comes to design. The good news is that they can deliver – and then some. The functional, practical, beautiful cabinet is a powerhouse. And choosing the right cabinetry ensures you reap all of the rewards. 

Choosing the Right Cabinetry for Your Home  

Decision paralysis is the state we work ourselves into when presented with an overwhelming number of options. And we’ve all been there. A simple trip to the grocery store to buy a loaf of bread, for example, can become mind-numbing as we stare at dozens of whole-grain, 5-grain, 12-grain, gluten-free, low-carb, whole wheat, honey wheat, enriched wheat… Our stress levels elevate and our ability to make good choices goes right out the window. 

Now imagine that instead of sandwich fixings, you’re deciding on a critical element of your home. It’s no wonder decision paralysis is a common challenge during remodels. With the right information and the right guide, though, you can regain momentum. That’s why we’re here.  

When it comes to choosing the right cabinet solutions for your home: 

Think About Levels of Cabinetry  

Among the decisions to make is which level of cabinetry will be the best fit as we approach your design. 

  • Stock. Ideal for those who want to save their decision-making energy for other aspects of their project, stock cabinets are functional and economically friendly. While you will have some options, they are greatly simplified. You’ll get what you need, and it’ll still be beautiful. 
  • Semi-Custom. Your options open up a bit here with more door styles, finishes, wood species, and accessories (e.g. molding) that can be modified to make your space your own. As Amanda Wagoner, Director of CAD, says, “There are more SKUs in our spec book,” when it comes to semi-custom.  
  • Fully-Custom. If you can imagine it, we can likely draw it and our custom cabinet lines can build it. Unless it defies the laws of physics, we can probably make it happen. The possibilities are virtually endless, from stain and paint matches to unique inlays to one-of-a-kind details. Overwhelming? It can be. But think of us as your in-store bread consultant. We’ll help guide you to the right selection.  

Consider Different Types of Cabinets  

The type of cabinet you want in your space is yet another consideration. This detail will inform pricing, useful life, and the overall look and feel of your final product.  Let’s go over common options: 

  • Inset. These classic cabinets are simple and stunning. The doors and drawers are flush to the cabinet frame, creating clean lines that are ideal for many aesthetics. While refined and timeless, inset cabinets do cost more than overlay and you can lose a little bit of space. 
  • Full Overlay. Another great option for a streamlined look, full overlays feature extra-large doors and drawer fronts. These cover the cabinet face completely and there is a very narrow space between each one. Expect a long, beautiful life from these cabinets.  
  • Standard Overlay. Also called “partial overlay,” part of the face frame is visible around the doors and/or drawers.  
  • Frameless. If you want to maximize cabinet storage and achieve a contemporary vibe, frameless is a great option. They do not have a face frame or a center stile between the doors, which is why they are also known as “full access” cabinets.  

The cabinet type you choose will have a significant impact on your overall results. 

Get Inspired with Cabinet Door Styles 

Just when you thought you’d made all of your cabinet decisions! There’s one more big piece to consider: the style. For many, selecting products that align with design is just as important as choosing cabinets that perform optimally. Popular choices include: 

  • Shaker (and, recently, thin shaker 
  • Slab (a.k.a. flat front) 
  • Raised Panel  
  • Recessed Panel
  • Beadboard 
  • Glass-Front 

There is a style to fit any and every home. Additionally, you can make the cabinet suit your space by being intentional with your selections in terms of material, finishes, stains, and unique hardware. Trim and molding, toe-kick versus furniture-style legs, and other options can also affect both the aesthetic and cost of your cabinets. But if you tackle these three big areas first, the rest of your decisions will become much easier. You’ll even have some fun, we promise.  

Love Where You Store Your Essentials! 

We do demand a lot from cabinets. ACo is here to ensure that all of your expectations are met – and exceeded. There’s a great deal to think about, but our client-centric process means that you have all the information, guidance, and support you need to make the right choice for your home. 

Take a deep dive into cabinetry with our guide, Cabinets for Your Home: What You Need to Know. If you’re ready to talk about your project (or need a cure for decision paralysis!) connect with our team. 


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