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Common Mistakes Made While Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Common Mistakes Made While Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

If you are thinking of renovating your house in full swing or just changing the look of your kitchen, the one thing that must be installed is a beautiful kitchen cabinet. Cabinets not only determine the entire look of the house but also are extremely useful.

If you research a bit, you will be amazed to see the variety of kitchen cabinets available these days. From maple kitchen cabinets to vintage white cabinets, there is one for every kitchen. The RTA (Ready to assemble) kitchen cabinets are gaining huge popularity because of their easy installation process and cost effectiveness. Despite so many articles and blogs being published, people make various kinds of mistakes while choosing a cabinet for their kitchen.


Common mistakes while choosing a kitchen cabinet:

  • Durability – The first and foremost mistake one commits is to compromise on the quality of the cabinets. We all know that money matters, but going for a cheap brand for saving some dollars is not a good idea. A good brand will ensure the quality of the wood is good and sturdy enough to withstand normal scratches, dents, and marks.
  • Color – If the rest of your house has a wooden finish and has got a very modern look, pick a cabinet which suits the interior. Picking a color which does not match the color scheme of your kitchen walls and interior in general, can spoil the entire appearance of the kitchen. If you are not sure which kind of cabinets will look good in your home, you must go for safe options like the cherry and white kitchen cabinet. There are maple kitchen cabinets available in two varieties. The glazed one is brown and the northern maple is generally available in pale colors like light yellow.
  • Installation process – A few years back, most people had this misconception that installing cabinets all by yourself is an impossible task. Avoiding RTA cabinets for the same reason will not be a very clever decision. The manuals and the various “installation made easy” videos are there for your help. The affordable RTA cabinets are thus getting sold fast. But if you need to follow the manual properly, one wrong screw and you need to rebuild it again.
  • Measurements – Wrong measurements is the worst possible mistake. If you buy a cabinet which does not fit the allotted cabinet space in your kitchen or if the cabinet size is not sufficient enough to serve its purposes, it will be such a waste. Isn’t it? There are various companies which will allow you to take kitchen measurements for free. So, avail their service if you are not sure and pick the cabinet which fits in your kitchen perfectly.


  • Number of chambers – Cabinets are not only purchased for storing food items and crockery, people tend to keep many household things in a cabinet like important keys, hardware items and a lot of other things. So, decide how many chambers you need to hold all your stuffs and buy accordingly Drawers should be easy to open, opting for dovetail ones can be a smart purchase.
  • Blocking space– Don’t get a cabinet that will block all the space available. If your kitchen carpet area is less, don’t go for a cabinet that will leave no space for the refrigerator and the chairs. Also, don’t install a cabinet in a way that when you open the drawers, it obstructs the way or clashes with other cabinet doors.
  • Too many open shelves – If you don’t have enough time to clean the open shelves from time to time, and you are also not confident about how the overall look will be, it is better you don’t purchase a cabinet with multiple open shelves. One or two is okay but not more than that. Open shelves require a lot of maintenance. You need to arrange and rearrange the stuff regularly and more so when there will be guests visiting your house and you have to cook extra food for them.


So avoid these common mistakes and get the best kitchen cabinet for the heart of your house. And see how kitchen renovation with these beautiful and sturdy cabinets can change the look of your kitchen entirely.

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Praveen Rajarao

Praveen Rajarao is an Entrepreneur and in his spare time blogs on his website – and His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides. Daily Morning Coffee is also accepting Guest Posts from Professional Bloggers at this time, take a look at “Write For DMC” page for more details on the same.


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  • Take it from someone that has installed their own cabinets that these are great tips. These are all things we had to think of and it paid off for us. Color was a big deal for me personally. I always have trouble choosing aesthetics so this took a lot of time but careful thought in all these areas helps a great deal.

    A good brand is important too. We looked around for a long time and found Kraftmaid to be one of the best.

  • I just had an argument with a contractor who purchased a set of ready-made cabinets from one of the big-box home improvement stores, but didn’t put any thought into what he was buying. The issue came from the fact that the kitchen had raised ceilings and he purchased short uppers. It made the cabinets seem like an afterthought. The kitchen is where the majority of your time will be spent, so even if you are looking to save some money, spend some time being thoughtful about your purchase. It will be worth it in the end.

  • Hi,
    I think it’s my wife’s job to make it perfect. But, after reading your post I think I can help her and gain some family value too ;).
    Thanks for the nice post

  • Definitely be thoughtful when choosing kitchen cabinets. What you might see as being creative, you never want someone to walk into your kitchen and ask “What were they thinking?” There are ways you can create a unique and efficient space on a budget, while still making sure you are picking the best cabinets for your home. Make a list of what you want out of your new kitchen and come up with a plan to achieve these results.

  • Nice article with helpful tips. Also, if you are going for other looks such as shabby chic, country or french style for kitchen cabinets there is so much more choice than ever before – even some with a modern twist

  • During kitchen remodel, you have to incorporate the style and appliances of the latest trend. For an attractive makeover of kitchen cabinets, you have to look into several aspects, in which appropriate paint plays important role. Colorful paints grab offer the kitchen a fabulous appearance. As per the article, you can do everything for the kitchen that should match with your home. To get rid of the puzzle, you can consult with your friends and relatives or experts. Also, try to avoid the mistakes given on this post.

  • It’s so easy to forget about durability or measurements when you find a set of cabinets you like. This is a great checklist for this sort of thing! Thanks.

  • Thank you for pointing out these mistakes Praveen.

    I agree with the points you made. One potent among these is the issue of quality. Sometimes, it may not be the fault of the buyer especially if the buyer doesn’t know how to spot poor quality cabinets. I believe the seller too has a part to play in helping us buy durable kitchen cabinets.
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  • Kitchen looks great but I am not a fan of RTA cabinets. Its bad enough the that you have to install them!
    Go with pre-assembled!

  • A kitchen is a place in every house where everything should be placed in the right manner and after proper planning, otherwise, it would be a complete mess for you. The kitchen should be clean entirely and it should be kept cleaned every time. You have described best words to avoid common mistakes when choosing kitchen cabinets. Thanks for this post!
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  • This is an amazing kitchen with modular cabinets. We have to be sure if we are going to use such type of kitchen that there no space left which can leak. If this happens, we need a plumber which cost a lot in term of money as well as the design of the kitchen is also ruined.
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  • Thank you for pointing out the mistakes we make in choosing kitchen cabinet. I’m actually more concerned about the obstruction of space due to the cabinets blocking out available space. Right now, I’m renting a new apartment and will need to supply some things into the kitchen. Will definitely pay attentions to these things to ensure I have a well organized kitchen.

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  • Thanks for the great read!

    I personally like choosing cabinets that are pretty neutral so that they wont date too quickly and then add accessories into the kitchen to add personality and character.


  • You are right. Despite the blog posts and articles available on how to choose a kitchen cabinet, most people still make the same mistake. I believe the durability mistake is the most common and it should have been the #1 priority in choosing a cabinet. I guess people just want to buy things cheap, which is why some people don’t choose a long lasting cabinet. I don’t mind spending more on a piece of furniture if I know it’s going to last me a long time.
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  • Getting accurate measurements is so important whether putting in new cabinets or a new sink. Always remember, measure twice, install once.

  • The information you provide is really important and these will come to our advantage, especially those who want to decorate new kitchens. Thank you so much for your kind information.

  • Thank you for this guide. One thing I don’t like to see in the kitchen is too much stuff or objects. I’m sure selecting a kitchen cabinet that will eventually obstruct the way in the kitchen is going to give me a lot of problem even if I’m not cooking but just passing to the kitchen to pick up a few things. When fixing a new cabinet in the kitchen, I will definitely pay attention to these mistakes to avoid suffering the same fate as those who have made the mistake.

  • Kitchen is a place where your cook your food and get rid of from the hunger. Everyone home have a kitchen big or small depend on the needs and affordability but you nicely explained the big mistakes people made while they choosing kitchen cabinets. thanks for writing such a good thought.

  • Thanks for the instructions. Kitchen is an important place to every home. So gave more importance to kitchen design , kitchen cabinet be a good suggestion, surely I will try.

  • Awesome post. I agree with the points you have made especially with the order they were written out. It is honestly a huge concern with things dont measure out properly or the colour scheme doesn’t match with the overall home.

    Keep it up

  • You mention really all everything in very detail, anyone building, renovating their kitchen should read it first. As it happened with me when i building my kitchen, i buy the Marble top with wrong measurement and it is little short. I can not exchange it and it was really a big headache for us that time. A complete plan and a sketch is must before making or renovating the kitchen.
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  • Choosing kitchen cabinets doesn’t have to be confusing. With a little research on your part you’ll know what to ask for, what you want and need, and where to find it. All while saving the most money you possibly can.

  • Praveen, I personally wanted to thank you for posting such an informative post. In fact, I’m actually in the process of moving into a new house with my significant other and we were torn on which type of cabinets we should get. But after reading your article, we will definitely narrow it down to the most durable cabinets and how it affects our kitchen space. Thanks again!

  • Hello Praveen, very good article, it is true that we must take the right choices for his choice of cabinets, I am plumber and I can say that sometimes it can make things difficult. Follow the advice of Praveen guys!

  • Well, that was a pretty fascinating read, not going to lie. I really hope you continue to write. Probably one of the more informative pieces I’ve read on this subject. Thanks! Really great tips kitchen is the heart of the home and it should be functional.

  • Bright colors seem to be better for our house, you will also be more excited in the kitchen if it looks eye-catching.
    Do not save too much, then regret it later, because it is so important to your daily life so take care of it. Space if possible let’s do wide

  • It’s a really amazing kitchen cabinet. Looking so great. I like your information. Your information is really helpful for the people choose the right kitchen cabinet. Hey Praveen please tell me what type of kitchen faucet best for a kitchen. Thank you for share such helpful tip.

  • Hey Praveen,
    Thanks for this.
    Kitchen is the best part of our home, if we don’t care about that then it seems very bad design of our home.Your post may resolve this problem and can help to choose best about our kitchen.
    I like it……

  • My wife and I will always argue about buying furniture for our house. There’s one time we need new cabinets for our kitchen renovation and it took us so many days to decide which one is the right one. She’s more into color and designs. But for me, I will always make sure the measurements and durability come first. We don’t want to make mistakes and regret it. So that is why it took several days before we come up with a good decision and it was a good one.

  • Great job. It’s a awesome article. Your information is really helpful for the people choose the right kitchen cabinet. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Your tips and ideas are super cool and really beneficial to enhance anyone home decor. I have surf various home decor websites but this one really catches my attention. Your blog post is also very interesting. Loved it! Keep sharing with us more ideas.

  • Thank you for these tips, I’ll also add that a good research is also necessary for before carrying out anything. This will not only prevent making the wrong decision, but it will also enrich the understanding of financing a home and investing in it in a wise way

  • WOW…!
    I am searching for a design to construct my kitchen I don’t have any idea about how to design a kitchen by reading your article I have got an idea to design my kitchen you shown a sufficient of place to move in a kitchen this was a brilliant idea to design my kitchen…thank you so much for sharing…

  • I completely agree with the above mentioned tips, but I would like to add one more thing which creates problems for many homeowners. The narrow research usually creates many troubles as common people are not well aware about choosing right people and they make huge mistakes while selecting contractors for their projects. I have experienced this fact last year when I was in dire need of a kitchen contractor, and then unfortunately ended up with a unprofessional one who charged me more money than expected. Anyway, following these tips can help homeowners a lot especially when they are about to start a new project.

  • I find it helpful when you said that a person should choose the right color of cabinets to match a home’s wooden and modern look. With that in mind, my suggestion is to ask a local supplier of countertops on which type should one invest in when renovating a kitchen as early as possible. Doing this will help not only improve a home’s value while creating a safe place to cook or eat in.

  • Hey Praveen, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful guide of common mistakes of choosing kitchen cabinets. I was curious, do you have any plan to write about grout sealing? Especially on shower floor and kitchen floor. Thanks in advanced for your help.

  • So many good ideas to help lower the costs. I am making note of some of the ideas because I`m interior designer. Thank a lot guys

  • Definitely agree with measurements. As a seller and fitter of built in kitchen appliances I have come across many situations where the cabinets where too small. Best to pick out sizes and appliances before getting your kitchen done. Check out my website on home appliances and explore standard sizes of different products.

  • Simple words but the information is powerful. Thanks for writing this post. I hope many homemakers get to know about this and avoid the common mistakes while choosing cabinets for their kitchen.

  • Thank you so much for the valuable info sir.
    The information you provide is really important and these will come to our advantage, especially those who want to decorate new kitchens. Thank you so much for your kind information.

  • My sister is thinking about remodeling her kitchen and getting new cabinets. It could be really helpful for her to get some good cabinets. Thanks for the tips about not getting a cabinet that will block available space.

  • So many good ideas to help lower the costs. Love the idea good tips to make room attractive and luxurious
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  • I like that color is integral in choosing commercial cabinets. My wife and I plan to buy one according to the palette of our rooms. we would like a construction expert to help us out on this.

  • An oversized fireplace will often be the center of a living room, and even though everything is a bit raw, the warm colors, texture in the form of woven baskets or rugs, and natural textiles make it feel particularly

  • Durability does seem like a thing that you can forget about easily when it comes to getting cabinets. I would want to have to replace the cabinets in a few years because I chose the wrong type of materials. It does seem like I should talk to a cabinet marker about what types of woods are durable and easy to clean.

  • Great post on the common mistakes made while choosing kitchen cabinets. You’ve covered important points such as durability, color, installation process, measurements, number of chambers, blocking space and too many open shelves. I particularly liked the point about not compromising on quality for the sake of saving money, as well as the tip about taking free kitchen measurements from companies.

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