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Questions to Ask Yourself When Selecting Cabinets

Kitchen Workspace with Cabinets and Drawers

You can print out the questionnaire and refer to it as you read through the site and while visiting a designer's showroom.


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  1. Do my current cabinets provide enough storage? Do I need more cabinetry, or do I need more organization accessories?

  2. Who will be using the kitchen? Do their needs differ by age, height or other factors?

  3. What activities besides cooking and eating take place in the kitchen? Do I need a desk area, recycling area, or cabinets to conceal a washer and dryer or TV?

  4. Is easy maintenance a must? Which material is least likely to show fingerpaints and scratches?

  5. What features do I need with my new cabinets and which could I live without or add later?

  6. What is the architectural style of my home? Is it distinctive enough that I want the kitchen to reflect it?

  7. What kind of overall style do I want to create in the kitchen? Contemporary? Traditional? Country?

  8. Depending on the overall style, do I want a wood door or would another material better create the right look?

  9. What type and style of door will help to create the look and style I want?

  10. If choosing wood, what kind of grain appeals to me? What finishes will create the look and style I want?

  11. Do I want my cabinets to include display space, such as open shelving or glass-front doors?

  12. Do I need wall cabinets for storage or do I prefer to keep wall space open for windows or decorative items?

  13. Do I need moldings and trim to create the look I want? Do I want to dust them?