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How to Choose Affordable Kitchen Cabinets

by Elias Deukmajian | Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodeling is a complicated process, and planning a budget is often the most stressful portion of the project. Kitchen cabinets often eat up a lot of the remodeling funds, so it’s important to get a good handle on the options available to you. In this article we’ll talk about how to remodel your kitchen affordably by choosing cabinets that work best for you and your budget.

“Affordable” is Not a One-Size-Fits-All

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the word “affordable” hardly applies to every situation in the same manner. Everyone’s budget, needs, and idea of what “affordable” is varies, and it’s up to the family or individual to determine what’s affordable for them. Kitchen remodels shouldn’t put you under financial burden, which they can easily do without the proper guidance and help. A perfect case in point is over-spending on the biggest element in the kitchen: the cabinetry. There are many ways to go over budget in the remodeling process, so it’s important to find a financial range you’re comfortable with and stick to it. In a moment we’ll go over how to pick cabinets that fit in your price range.

Things to Consider Before Setting a Budget

Setting a realistic budget for your kitchen remodel may prove to be more challenging than you anticipate, so plan on taking some time to figure it out in a considerate fashion. When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there are several things one must consider:

  • Your desired style and aesthetic vs. your current home aesthetic
  • Home values: current vs. projected home value
  • Personal needs and wishes of you and your family
  • The length of time you plan on living in home
  • The size of your family

There is a lot to consider here, and it can be overwhelming, so let’s take it one step at a time. A kitchen remodel, particularly cabinet choice, gives homeowners the opportunity to create a kitchen they’ve always dreamed of aesthetically. The design of the kitchen lends greatly to the overall feel of a home, so cabinetry can create the vibe you’ve always wanted. It’s best to establish what aesthetic you’re going for first so you can adjust your budget and options accordingly.

Your home value can be greatly enhanced with the right kitchen cabinetry. Before you set your budget, think about how much your home is currently worth versus how much it could cost after a cabinet upgrade. It’s best to work with real values, so do a little digging to ensure you’re making a financially responsible choice.

New kitchen cabinets are a great way to enhance your kitchen’s effectiveness and functionality. Maximizing the space in your kitchen can make the area feel much larger than it is, allow for better organization, accommodate a large family better, and ultimately make you want to live there longer—which is why it is helpful to think about how long you plan on living in the house. It won’t be helpful to add customized touches to your cabinetry if new owners won’t appreciate it.

Most Popular Types of Kitchen Cabinets

Before you choose a particular type of cabinetry, it’s helpful to know about a few of the options you might come across. These are the most popular types of kitchen cabinets:

Wood Veneers

This is a good option for families on a tight budget. Wood veneers are simply real solid wood pieces that are affixed to the front of the cabinets that are made of another, more cost-effective material like wood composite.


Laminate cabinetry comes in all different styles and colors. They are a common pick amongst remodelers these days, as they’re versatile, cost-effective, and pretty sturdy.

Stainless Steel or Metal

Perhaps one of the most durable options, stainless steel or metal cabinets offer a specific aesthetic, but they come at a price. A modern, streamlined approach to kitchen remodeling lends itself perfectly to this option.

Solid, Natural Wood

Solid wood cabinets are highly valued, are beautifully appealing, and are versatile. They can be tricky to maintain, but they’re worth the investment and effort.

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Why Proper Installation is So Critical

When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, there’s no job more important to get right the first time. The kitchen remodeling experts here at Kitchen Emporium, located in the Southern California areas including: the San Fernando Valley, San Diego, and San Marcos, have customized, designed, and installed countless kitchen cabinets for clients in the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation or estimate, or to learn more about our remodeling projects, please contact us personally.

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