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Measuring for New Kitchen Cabinets: Obstructions and Final Layout

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked into some of the basic themes to consider while measuring your kitchen for new cabinets. This is a relatively straightforward process, and having a simple idea of what’s needed and how to proceed will allow you to move through it without issue.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re happy to offer a huge range of kitchen cabinet options that includes base cabinets, wall cabinets, oven cabinets and many others. We’ll also provide basic tips on many other parts of the cabinet process, including how to measure your space. Here are a few other general steps to follow as you’re navigating this part of your cabinet installation.

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Noting Obstructions

We left off in part one with you taking simple horizontal and vertical measurements of the desired cabinet space. Once this has been completed, the next important step is to take note of any and all potential obstructions that might be in the way.

These can include things like windows, pipes, outlets, switches, etc. You’ll want to make a simple diagram or sketch of your kitchen space that notes these potential obstacles so that you can avoid them when making your final measurements.

If you have any questions about potential obstacles in your kitchen, our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets would be happy to help.

Note Appliances and Utilities

Down related lines, it’s also important to make note of any appliances or utilities that might be in the way of your new cabinets.

This can include ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, and more. It’s important to take into account both their dimensions as well as how they’re currently being used in order to make sure that your new cabinets will be properly outfitted.

For instance, the presence of power sources or water lines might mean that you need to adjust the placement of your new cabinets. These are all simple considerations that can be made ahead of time in order to streamline the process.

Plan the Overall Layout

Now that you have a full idea of the space you’re working with as well as any potential obstructions, it’s time to start planning the overall layout of your new cabinets.

This is where you’ll really start getting into the nitty-gritty of measuring individual cabinet spaces and figuring out how everything will fit together. A lot of this process will come down to personal preference, but there are a few general guidelines you can follow.

As a rule of thumb, base cabinets should be placed 24 inches away from each other in order to allow for proper countertop space. Wall cabinets, on the other hand, can be placed up to 48 inches apart in order to give you more leeway with design.

Oven cabinets and other specialized units will have their own specific measurement requirements that you’ll need to take into account. But following these simple guidelines should give you a good foundation to start from.

And once you’ve got your layout, all that’s left is to select the cabinets that best fit your space — and you’re done!

For more on how to measure your kitchen space for new cabinets, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinet products, speak to the team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Measuring for New SLC Kitchen Cabinets: Materials and Measurements

There are a few important steps that will need to be followed while you’re designing and installing new cabinets in your kitchen, and one of these is measurement of the area. You need to know some precise dimensions as you go about this process, from the basic width and depth of your cabinet areas to a few possible others.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re here to help with a wide range of kitchen cabinet needs for our Salt Lake City clients, from base cabinets to wall cabinets and many others. Measurement is one area we’ll be happy to provide simple recommendations and assistance with, as well. In this two-part blog series, we’ll dig into the basic steps you should be following when it comes to measuring your kitchen space for new cabinets.

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Materials Needed

This is a simple job — all you need is some grid paper, a tape measure, and some kind of writing device. If you have all these, you’re good to go!

Drawing the Floor Plan

The first important step here is to generate a simple, straightforward floor plan of your kitchen space. This will help you understand the dimensions and layout of your kitchen, as well as what’s currently in it and where everything is situated.

Begin by sketching out a rectangle on your grid paper that represents the outside perimeter of your kitchen space. Then, draw in all important features within this rectangle, including doors, windows, appliances, and any pipes or other protrusions that might be in the way. Be aware that for this first draft, measurements don’t have to be perfect — you’ll get to that later.

Horizontal Measurements

Generally, we recommend starting with horizontal measurements first, as these will give you a good foundation to work from. Measure the width of your kitchen space at its longest point, then measure the depth at its deepest point. These two dimensions will be important when it comes to sizing and designing your cabinets.

Once you have these basic horizontal measurements, you can start measuring individual areas within your tape measure as well.

Vertical Measurements

Next up, take basically the same approach but with vertical measurements. Measure the height of your kitchen space at its tallest point, then take note of any lower areas where the ceiling might dip down. These measurements will be helpful when it comes to designing taller cabinets or ones that need to accommodate a sloped ceiling.

Again, once you have these basic numbers down, you can start measuring individual areas within your kitchen space as well.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some other important themes to keep in mind as you go about the measurement process for new kitchen cabinets. For more on this or any of our cabinet services to clients in SLC or nearby areas, speak to our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Personalizing Kitchen Cabinets: Pop-Outs, Compartments, Pet Beds

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked some basic themes you might consider as you’re looking to personalize or customize your kitchen cabinets. Cabinets serve both practical and aesthetic purposes, and there are ways to customize them in both these areas that make them not only useful, but also attractive and appealing.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re happy to offer the very best selection of kitchen cabinets and cabinet accessories in SLC and other parts of Utah, including numerous custom options to consider. What are some other common ways clients go about personalizing their cabinets, and which of these areas might you consider for your new cabinets? Here are a few ideas.

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Pop-Out Appliances

We went over fold-out and slide-out surfaces in part one of our series, and a cousin to these is the pop-out appliance. While not as dramatic or extreme as either of the other two, this is a nice way to make things like your coffee maker, blender, or toaster oven more accessible while still keeping them stored away neatly.

There are numerous ways to build a custom nook or cubby for your appliances right into your cabinet design. A lot of this will come down to the size and shape of the appliances you’re working with, as well as how often you use them. You might even consider a rolling appliance cart that can be wheeled out when needed and stored away when not in use.

Hidden Compartments or Cabinets

In other cases, you may opt for a more hidden approach to appliance storage. If you don’t want your coffee maker or toaster oven on full display all the time, you can have a false front or door installed that will match the rest of your cabinets when closed but can be opened to reveal the appliances stored inside.

You might also consider a hidden cabinet or two that can be used to store away less-used items, like holiday dishes or serving ware. These can be installed high up out of the way or even below your countertops.

A Pet-Bed Cubby

One great use of cabinet customization for those who have pets is to incorporate a pet-bed cubby into the design. This can be built to match the rest of your cabinets and can be installed at just about any height. It’s a great way to keep Fido off the couch and give them their own little space in the kitchen. For instance, a pet-bed cubby in a lower cabinet can double as a food storage area, with the bed on top and food stored below in pull-out drawers.

These are just a few of the ways you might personalize or customize your new kitchen cabinets. As always, our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets is happy to help you explore all the options and find the perfect cabinets for you. Call us today to learn more!

Personalizing Kitchen Cabinets: Stacking, Finishes, Fold-Outs

Personalization is a major concept for many homeowners, and the kitchen is a common room where this sort of theme is applied. Within the realm of kitchen cabinets, for instance, there are numerous upgrades or other options that will allow you to personalize or customize your cabinets in particular ways without losing their basic functionality.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re proud to offer a wide array of kitchen cabinet options, from base cabinets and wall cabinets to utility cabinets, oven cabinets and more — and we’re happy to work with you on numerous personalization themes or upgrades you might be considering. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a number of different ways you may choose to go about customizing your kitchen cabinets.

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Storage and Stacking Upgrades

Cabinet organization is a major theme for any kitchen cabinets, and there are many personalized upgrades you can add on to get the most out of your storage options. Cabinet stacking, for example, is a great way to add vertical storage space and make better use of your available cabinet real estate. You can also upgrade to specialty shelves or bins that will help organize your pots, pans and other cookware.

If you’re looking for a way to store your dishes and glasses, consider cabinet door mount racks, which can hold a large number of items securely. Similarly, you might want to add a lazy Susan or other rotating storage option to make it easier to access the items at the back of your cabinets.

Custom Finishes and Colors

One of the simplest and most popular ways to personalize your cabinets is to choose a custom finish or color. There are numerous finishes and colors to choose from, and you can mix and match as you see fit. If you have a favorite color, for example, you can have your cabinets painted in that color to really make them stand out.

If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, you can choose a custom finish that will give your cabinets a unique look and feel. There are a number of different finishes to choose from, including wood grains, metallic finishes and more. With so many options available, you’re sure to find the perfect finish for your home.

Fold-Out and Slide-Out Surfaces

Many homeowners choose to add fold-out or slide-out surfaces to their kitchen cabinets, as these surfaces can provide a lot of extra work or storage space. For example, a fold-out cutting board can be a great way to add an extra surface area to your kitchen, while a slide-out pantry can be perfect for storing canned goods and other food items.

If you’re looking for a way to add even more counter space to your kitchen, consider adding a fold-out or slide-out surface. These surfaces are a great way to add extra work space or storage space without taking up any additional cabinet real estate.

In the next part of this blog series, we’ll go over several other themes you might consider here. For more on how to personalize kitchen cabinets, or to learn about any of our cabinet options, speak to the team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Which Cabinet Face Style Is Best for You?

When it comes to kitchen design, picking the right kind of style for your kitchen cabinets is essential for defining the long-term aesthetic of your kitchen. The faces of your kitchen cabinets are what make the kitchen design, as so much of the visible surface area will be impacted by them.

Later down the line when you’re looking to refresh your kitchen, it’s easy enough to paint over the current finish of the cabinetry. However, when you do this, you won’t be able to fundamentally change their style.

This is why picking the right face style of cabinets now is vital. There are several factors you need to consider when looking to purchase new kitchen cabinets in Salt Lake City, but most importantly may just be style.

Cabinet Face Style

Understanding the Major Cabinet Styles Available

There are a lot of possible kitchen cabinet styles for you to choose from, but some of the most go-to designs are raised panel doors and shaker-style cabinets. These are popular for several reasons, which we will explore, and have been staples in homes for many years now.

Both of these styles have lasting beauty and style that make them timeless, so your kitchen renovation won’t be dated in a few years.

Raised Panel Doors

Raised panel doors are often the kinds of kitchen cabinets people picture when they think of kitchen design. These doors have layers of wood details that create a look of tiered detail. These cabinets are well suited for traditional and cottage-style kitchen designs. They often have more complex designs, so they look more luxurious. They’re perfect if you prefer a more visually engaging design. However, many also come in a simpler finish.

Get a cabinet maker in Salt Lake City that values quality and good service, to ensure that your cabinet dreams will stay your reality for years to come.

Shaker Style Doors

Shaker cabinets have a much more contemporary finish than a raised panel design. The shaker cabinets are also tiered, but in a way that focuses on the streamlined look that is more popular among modernists and minimalists.

However, these also look very good in eclectic kitchen designs that often include busy, patterned, or colorful finishes that are meant to draw the eye. The shaker style design has become so popular because they are easy to clean, versatile, and can work well in a wide variety of kitchen designs.

Get the Best Cabinets in Salt Lake City

If you’re interested in the cabinetry styles available at AWA Cabinets and Countertops, consider how you can get some of the best kitchen cabinets in Salt Lake City by getting in contact with us!

We offer a wide variety of cabinets in Salt Lake City in a wonderful selection of colors that can fit nearly any style and price point.

If you need base and wall cabinets in Salt Lake City, AWA Cabinets and Countertops have you covered! Get a free estimate for your kitchen renovation idea today!

Light Vs Dark SLC Kitchen Cabinets: Impact of Color Psychology

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic considerations to keep in mind while choosing between light and dark kitchen cabinets. From the way this impacts your overall aesthetic to the ways these shades influence size perception, mood and more, this might be a more important decision than you had realized.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re proud to offer a wide range of color options for our high-quality kitchen cabinets to our Salt Lake City clients, including a huge selection of both light and dark shades for our base cabinets, oven cabinets, vanity cabinets and others. While part one of our series went over some of the other variables influenced by your choice of color shade, today’s part two will dig specifically into the psychology of color — we’ll look at four popular cabinet colors and the kinds of moods or feelings they commonly evoke, elements that may play a significant role in your selection.

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White Cabinets

White has become a very popular color for cabinets and other kitchen elements, largely because it’s associated with a bright, welcoming and clean look. This is a great color for those who love natural wood but don’t want to settle for the yellowish-brown tones that some woods have, as white cabinets give more of a bright, fresh and modern appearance.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that this lighter color also comes with a drawback: it shows more dirt and fingerprints than darker colors. If you can deal with that and don’t mind a little extra housework, white cabinets are an excellent option that has the potential to look great.

Black Cabinets

In many cases, those using pure black cabinets or other very dark shades are looking to achieve a contrast with white countertops, light kitchen walls and other elements. Dark colors are often used to create a very modern look that’s bold and striking.

However, while this is an excellent choice for some kitchens — especially if you’ve got lighter colored appliances or fixtures — be aware that darker elements can actually make smaller kitchens feel even more cramped. However, you can mitigate this by contrasting dark cabinets with lighter elements or adding contrasting color to your flooring.

Gray Cabinets

Another popular choice, gray cabinets can be a simple way to pick up on the blue-ish undertones of white appliances. If you don’t want to work with black or another dark shade, gray is a great option that still offers some boldness and visual interest through grayscale patterns.

Gray colors evoke neutral, warm and cool associations, which means it has the potential to look great with a variety of other colors.

Blue Cabinets

Finally, another trend emerging in recent years is blue cabinetry, which provides a combination of elegance and warmth and shows undertones of yellow. Blue is a very popular choice among homeowners who don’t want to go all white but still want a fresh, clean look. Be aware, however, that this color may not be as versatile as others; it tends to evoke cool associations and thus looks best when paired with warmer elements such as yellows, but can also look great with grays and other cool colors.

For more on choosing ideal cabinet shade between dark and light hues, or to learn about any of our custom kitchen cabinets in SLC, speak to the staff at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.