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Selecting Cabinets for Your Remodel – What to Know

When I think of cabinets, I usually think of kitchen cabinets. However, selecting cabinets is important for any space. Think outside the box for your living areas. Find a way to add functional, attractive storage to any home remodel with the right cabinets.

What to Consider for Cabinet Selection

Cabinet options can seem endless. It may be easier to determine which cabinets are right for you if you look at your options in terms of price, style, layout, and functionality. 


Many factors affect cabinet prices. It’s important to evaluate your purpose and priorities for the space. For example, cabinets for a second kitchen in the basement may be less of a budget priority than custom built-in cabinets for a common living space. 

Generally, the more custom the cabinets, the higher the price tag. Cabinets are typically measured in linear feet. This means that the measurement is based on the length of the cabinet. 

30 linear feet = 15 feet of upper cabinets and 15 feet of lower cabinets

Which is about enough cabinets to equip a 100 square foot kitchen area

including space for appliances. 

The average cost for 30 linear feet of custom cabinetry is approximately $18,600. Remember, this is the Bay Area, where average remodeling costs tend to be higher. Expect to budget between $20,000 – $40,000 for 30 linear feet of custom cabinets in the Bay Area.

Stock cabinets are prefabricated and sold on-site at big box home stores, such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Ikea. They come in preset sizes and are usually in stock or available. Stock cabinets cost anywhere from $1,800 to $6,000 for 30 linear feet, depending on design, material, details, and finish. This is why hacking Ikea products has become a “thing”. 

For a professional remodel, this is where an interior designer really helps. Your designer should understand cabinetry, standard sizing, and your desires for the space. They can work with you to make sure your cabinets meet your needs, your timeline, and your budget.


Evaluate your desired style of cabinets, as well as the style of your home. Your cabinet selection should feel cohesive with the rest of your home. 


Potential cabinet layout is another important factor to consider. If you are happy with the current layout and function of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, you may be able to keep the current floorplan. This will save time and money because plumbing and electrical systems will stay in place as you rebuild the space around them. A change of structure or layout will require new cabinet configurations. To determine the best options for your space, consult with an architect or designer.


Above all, your cabinets should be functional and not just decorative. The purpose of cabinetry is storage. Make sure your space serves your lifestyle.

Selecting Cabinets for Different Rooms


Kitchen cabinets are usually the focal point of the room. They set a design style for the entire space. Of course, they need to be purposeful and functional, as well as attractive. Determine your goals for your kitchen cabinets before you get started. 

When considering kitchen cabinets, consider:

  • Materials. Hardwood, such as cherry, maple, beech, or mahogany is considered the most durable material for high-end kitchen cabinets. Laminated plywood is a less expensive option, that can also be attractive and durable. 
  • Details. Small details, like soft close hinges, under-mount and dovetail drawers, and frameless cabinets can make a big difference in your functional enjoyment.
  • Storage. Slide-out storage options, lazy susans, and other built-ins allow for a sleek, organized kitchen storage system.


Bathroom cabinets need to be durable and functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. High moisture levels in bathrooms can damage cabinetry. Choose a durable finish to withstand moisture. Most bathrooms need a lot of out-of-sight storage, as well. Wall cabinets are a popular choice for bathroom storage without taking up the linen closet.

cabinet selection bathroom

Laundry Room

The laundry room is usually a functional space, but that does not mean it can’t also be attractive. Choose cabinet solutions that provide storage for cleaning supplies, ironing boards, vacuums, and other practical items that need a place you can access easily.

Home Office/School

Many of us have transitioned to a work-from-home or home-school situation. An ideal office or school workspace includes practical storage solutions, like built-in desks and cabinets.

Open Floor Plan Built-In Cabinets

Open floor plan designs are a trend that will not disappear any time soon. Many homeowners enjoy the cohesive feel of an open floor plan, and the sense of community it creates among family members.

However, an open floor plan often sacrifices space for storage. This does not have to be the case. Utilize wall space with custom, built-in cabinetry for functional, attractive storage.

selecting cabinets for kitchen

Other Considerations for Cabinet Selection


Kitchen cabinets are often victim to splashes and drips. Research materials and finishes that will clean easily without damage to the cabinet. Textured cabinets may create a unique look for the space, but they are often difficult to clean.

Wear and Tear

Consider the space’s use when selecting cabinets. If it is a high-traffic, high-use space, consider a durable material and finish for your cabinets.


Cabinets need to merge practicality and beauty. Think about your personal preferences and the style of your home. What are your remodeling goals? From sleek and modern, to rustic and classic, there is a cabinet style for everyone. Review the current cabinet trends to find the style that works best for you. 

At Drafting Cafe Architects, we can help with cabinet selection and layout design. Our team of highly qualified architects, designers, project managers, and interior decorators will be with you from start to finish to ensure that your cabinets are beautiful and functional. Contact us today for a consultation!


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