Cabinet Design: Get the Kitchen of Your Dreams by Building the Perfect Cabinet
By Linda Parker
One of the best ways to revamp your kitchen is to give the kitchen cabinet a makeover or to install brand new cabinets. Even though building kitchen cabinets is not a very complicated task, the project would definitely require some basic knowledge of woodwork and even for the most experienced carpenter, the task can be a daunting one. Making kitchen cabinets is essentially a repetitive process of creating a box shape. However, creating matching drawer fronts can make the job more complicated.
The process can be broken down into four main steps:
- Assemble the cabinet base, except the front, using heavy wood. Add shelves to the inside using nails and glue.
- After placing the base on it’s back, place the cabinet door on top, making note of where to place the hinges.
- Insert handles or drawer pulls. This step will require a screwdriver or a drill.
- Install the cabinet into the wall using screws and a drill.
If you are designing and building kitchen cabinets for the first time, it may be a good idea to bring in a professional to give you advice or to handle certain more complicated parts of the task. Another option for those wanting to avoid too much woodwork would be to give old kitchen cabinets a makeover to make them as good as new.
Before you begin, it’s important to get organized. This means keeping track of your wood materials and various pieces, because once you begin the process everything could become hard to keep track of, leading to confusion and misplacement of wood pieces. It’s important to label the wood pieces according to where they will need to go.
When it comes to construction, safety is the number one priority. This means keeping all your tools in a safe place and easily visible. In carpentry, tools can easily turn deadly, so make sure you keep important tools such as nail making machines and any sharp tools away from children and on steady ground.
Before you begin building the kitchen cabinet, your must decide on a style for the cabinets. It’s important to ask yourself if you want the kitchen to match the rest of the house or to be different and unique. Three of the most popular categories for cabinet styles are:
- Modern – Lacquered wood cabinets in colorful shades
- Traditional – Arched cabinets, recessed panels to give a cozy and more homely feel.
- Vintage – For a more old world style, give the cabinets some decorative molding and use beaded boards.