Top 5 Tips in Selecting Cabinets

By Luster Custom Homes Posted Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Okay, you’ve made the decision to remodel your current kitchen into your dream kitchen but you’re not sure where to get started. For inspiration visit Websites likes Houzz, Pinterest and design magazines before you undergo a kitchen renovation.

For any kitchen renovation or remodel, there are several exciting decisions that have to be made and we’ll help you through all of them. First things first. One of the most important decisions is the cabinetry. From farmhouse to transitional to modern and contemporary, your kitchen’s cabinetry can set the tone for the rest of your home.

To help you get started, we put together the following five tips to navigate you through the planning process to design your dream kitchen:

  1. Define Your Budget. Cabinetry can range greatly depending on quality, style and finishes. There are often three ranges, entry level, mid-level and high-end products. Depending on the size and features expect cabinetry to range on the entry level from $15,000- $20,000, Mid-level from $20,000- $30,000 and high-end cabinetry from $30,000 on up.
  2. What is Your Style? Once you’ve selected the product level that best fits your budget, take a look at cabinet appearance. What type of finish do you want? Do you want stained or painted finish cabinet? The best woods for painting are tighter grained woods like poplar, soft maple, alder, pine and birch. Your kitchen is the focal point of the home so it’s essential to invest in cabinets that reflect your home’s personality and style and seamlessly tie in other parts of your home.
  3. Customize Your Cabinets to Fit Your Needs. Consider adding special touches that will make it uniquely your own. Knobs and cabinet pulls can be customized easily and come in a wide range of options from natural stones to wood, and unique metals to rare, one-of-a-kind finishes. Do you need height adjustments for the cabinets, custom nooks and spaces, appliance storage, etc.? Take note of your wish list items. Work with your contractor to design your kitchen the exact way you want and need it to suit your family’s everyday needs. This will ensure maximum functionality.
  4. Do Your Research. Do your homework on the product and style you like the most. Research design magazines and blogs, or pull inspiration from top sites like Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest and share those ideas and style preferences with your contractor and/or designer. Having an idea in advance and sharing it with your team will help expedite the process by narrowing down the selections based on your taste and budget.
  5. Protect Your Investment. It is critical to ensure your general contractor is licensed and that the cabinetry has a warranty to protect your investment. Be sure to ask your general contractor these questions before moving forward. Even with the most high-end products, problems can and do arise. However, with a warranty in place, you will have reassurance that you will be covered. Take a look at your preferred company’s warranty beforehand, so you know how customer focused it is and how quickly they resolve issues.

At Luster Custom Homes and Remodeling, these five steps are a guideline we use with our clients before beginning any kitchen renovation.


  • October 7, 2016, 4:46 pm

    When remodeling a kitchen, one can easily get overwhelmed by all the available cabinet options. Cabinet doors and knobs truly do make or break a kitchen. The picture of the kitchen above is a beautiful example of how cabinets can add to the balance and feel of a kitchen. Whenever I make a list of possible new cabinet doors and knobs, I always try to remember to trust my gut and first instinct. Thanks for the great tips!

    • Luster Custom Homes
      October 18, 2016, 10:18 pm

      We couldn’t agree more!

  • October 27, 2016, 4:59 pm

    I appreciate your suggestion to do research before you meet with a contractor to put in your custom kitchen cabinets. I imagine it would be a lot easier to do communicate and work with the contractor if you had visuals to refer to. I’ve heard white cabinets are harder to keep clean, is that true?

  • March 30, 2017, 8:14 am

    Really best information regarding countertops. This information really helpful to remodeling the kitchen and bathroom countertops.

  • April 27, 2017, 7:26 pm

    That’s a great point you make about how the kitchen is the focal point of your home, and you want to make sure that it stands out. I’ve heard, too, that having new cabinets can really add some valuable storage space to your kitchen that you’ve previously been missing. I’ll be sure to keep this great information in mind as I consider whether or not it’s time for us to get new cabinets.

  • May 13, 2017, 7:04 am

    You have to set a budget too. Custom cabinets can cost twice as much as stock, but if you can dream it, a cabinetmaker can build it. Semi-custom cupboard prices usually fall somewhere in the middle.

  • June 8, 2017, 6:23 pm

    I like how you say that you need to find a cabinet contractor who will provide a warranty. This would help protect your cabinets in case anything goes wrong. My sister and I are remodeling our mom’s kitchen for her birthday, so we’ll have to get kitchen cabinets with a warranty to keep them safe.

  • November 9, 2017, 12:33 am

    I’m planning on remodeling our kitchen for next year, and I’m thinking of having custom kitchen cabinets for that personal style. It’s good that you mentioned how knobs and cabinet pulls can be customized easily to suit our everyday needs. I think I’ll consider working with my contractor to design our kitchen with maximum functionality.

  • November 15, 2017, 5:18 pm

    My wife and I are remodeling our kitchen at the moment, but we can’t decide what kind of cabinets we want. I like that you suggest getting inspiration from blogs and magazines. This sounds like a good way to see how different color wood stains might look with the new wall color. Thanks for sharing!

  • February 16, 2018, 5:16 am

    What really got my attention was how you said that by adding touches to your cabinet, you can make it uniquely your own and can make sure that it will suit your family’s needs. My sister and I want to surprise our mom with new cabinets in our kitchen. We know very well what her preferences are, and it will surely make her happy if we can install cabinets based on her preferences and needs. I will

  • May 3, 2018, 3:22 am

    We’re working on remodeling our kitchen and I really need to work on my storage! I have so much stuff that I don’t need in my cabinets!