In this edition of the Laura Report we interview our Cabinet Design Specialist, Kerry White on 2016 kitchen cabinets trends, the difference between job built cabinets and manufactured cabinets, and popular construction types.
2016 Cabinet Trends
– White kitchen cabinets are still very popular in 2016
– Grey finishes
– Textured laminates are popular for more contemporary style kitchen cabinets
– Huge islands – they have become the gathering place in a kitchen, everything is being centered around the island.
– Mixing countertops is growing in popularity. It breaks up the texture and look throughout a kitchen.
– Taller kitchen cabinets, we are seeing 10ft tall or taller cabinets in kitchens for 2016. Homeowners are wanting a cleaner look that fills the open space on top of their cabinets.
– Kitchen layouts are getting away from corners and angle walls. We are seeing more straight runs in 2016 kitchens.
Job Built vs. Manufactured Cabinets
Job Built or Custom Cabinets are typically built and finished on site. They generally have a lacquered top coat finish that can wear down and yellow over time.
Manufactured Kitchen Cabinets are built in large, controlled facilities. These facilitates cut down on dust and particles that could get into your finish through the air. They have a baked on finish which is done through an industrial size oven that cures the finish and makes it much more durable. You have more door style and finish options to choose from and can be as customizable as you want them to be.
3 Types of Cabinet Construction
Framed Cabinets – The cabinet has a face frame built onto the front of the cabinet and the door attached to the front of the frame. This is the most common construction type for cabinets.
Frameless Cabinets – also known as Euro style. There is no face frame, the door attached directly to the side of the cabinet. It provides tighter clearances between doors and drawers. Provides an over all contemporary/cleaner look to your kitchen.
Inset Cabinets – The door and drawers sit flush inside the face frame. Inset requires a very tight tolerance space for when you open and close your cabinets and drawers. These are done much cleaner when done by a manufactures, job built inset cabinets can tend to have large/uneven gapes.
Inset cabinets have become the most popular construction time and we are starting to see them everywhere. Inset cabinets work great with high-end appliances providing a very sleek look to your kitchen.