5 Steps First-Time Cabinet Buyers Should Know

Updated: Aug 10

Congratulations, you are doing a kitchen remodeling!


As a first-time buyer, it might seem a little overwhelming to plan for the unknown. Don't worry, this blog post will walk you through the process.


First of all, you need to know what your budget is. If you are looking for around $5000-8000 for a regular-sized kitchen, our KZ kitchen brand will be able to help you with it. If you are aiming at $10,000-20,000 or so, we would highly recommend MasterBrand cabinets, which include Kitchen Craft, Diamond and many other sub-brands.


Secondly, you should decide on the cabinet style you want. Simple and modern European style, or classic and natural American style? Pick one that suits your needs and aesthetics.


Then, let's do some research on the board materials.


Solid wood - just as the name implies, it's solid homogeneous wood. The only variation might be boards or panels that are several pieces of solid wood joined together.


Particle board - an engineered wood product that's made from wood chips and particles that are combined with an adhesive and fused together into boards and panels. Particle board makes up a large percentage of the materials used in today's cabinetry, from shelving to the panels that make up the boxes to shelving.


Medium density fiberboard (MDF) - another engineered wood product that's made up of wood fibers. The fibers are combined with an adhesive under pressure and formed into boards and panels. MDF has a finer texture than particle board and is denser and heavier than particle board. It's used in cabinet doors, shelves and cabinet boxes.


Plywood - yet another engineered wood product but one that's probably most familiar to people. It's made up of thin wood "plies" or layers of wood that are glued together in a sandwich form. Usually the plies are oriented with their grain direction at varying angles with respect to each other to give the board or panel more rigidity and stability. Plywood is used for shelving, doors and cabinet boxes.


Now that we have decided the pricing level and the theme for our kitchen, we can start doing measurements. Knowing the dimensions of your kitchen is the foundation of designing where and how to place each cabinet. You should have a thorough measurement of your kitchen as below:

Ceiling Height (Just so we know what the height of your wall cabinet should be)

Wall to wall dimensions

Wall to Window Trim

Window Size (Including Trim)

Appliances location (Wall to Appliances edge or center)

Appliances' sizes (Refrigerator, Stove, Dishwasher)

What kind of stove and range hood you are using? (For Stove, is it slide-in or

Any other appliances you want to put in the cabinets? Microwave? 

After measuring all these dimensions, you are now ready for a kitchen cabinet design.


Fifth, walk into any of the KZ Kitchen cabinet and Stone Showroom (Detail location, please click Locations) and talk a sales rep and designer. They will help you from there. Pick a style you want from the showroom or even from our website right here. Show them the dimensions you have. Choose some other accessories like sinks, faucets, shower wall and door, toilets, tiles and much more. You will get your quote and design in no time.


Note that it is important to ask the lead time for the cabinets. Many cabinet stores do not have cabinets in stock. They have to order them for you and assemble thereafter. However, KZ have almost every color in stock. Your can get your cabinets in as fast as 3 days. If you have more questions for us regarding this process, feel free to drop us a line: support@kzkitchen.com; Or give us a call: 408-433-2288.



KZ Kitchen Cabinet & Stone Inc.

Founded in 2002, we provide high-quality home remodeling products to the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in cabinetry, stone countertops, tiles, wood flooring, bathroom products and building materials for kitchen and bathroom renovations.

 

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