Crucial Things To Consider Before Installing Inset Cabinets In Your Kitchen

Are you looking to redesign your kitchen and need to decide whether or not the inset kitchen cabinet style is the right way to go? Well, we're here to help you figure it out. Before committing to a permanent feature like inset kitchen cabinets, you'll need to consider a few crucial things first. So let's start with the most obvious point of all: What are inset cabinets?

Inset cabinets comprise a cabinet frame fitted out with doors and/or drawers built into a particular space — in this context, your kitchen. Typically fitted along a wall-to-wall space, inset kitchen cabinets are flat with no corners or edges — ideal for those with little ones who could injure themselves on other types of cabinets. Usually, kitchen inset cabinets are designed in beaded or flush style. Beaded frames have single-border detailing on the cabinet doors, while flush frames offer a sleeker, often more minimalist look. In most cases, wood is favorable for kitchen inset cabinets, although alternative materials, such as stainless steel, can be used occasionally.

The positives and negatives of installing inset cabinets in your kitchen

It goes without saying, but often, people opt for inset kitchen cabinets because of the aesthetic appeal. They fit into the proverbial — and actual — mold of your kitchen's layout just right, and they work really nicely in the space. Homeowners looking for built-in kitchen cabinets that will uphold their chosen kitchen style are also likely to enjoy the variety of design options, too — although there are other, not-so-positive factors to consider before deciding for sure.

On the flip side, and as with anything home reno, some negatives come with installing inset cabinets in your kitchen. While these types of cabinets may be less prone to door damage, they can also react badly to moisture and require a certain amount of maintenance over the years. In addition, those looking to build on a budget will want to steer clear of inset kitchen cabinets as they can be a rather costly affair — with significantly less storage space.

How to install inset cabinets in your kitchen

If the inset kitchen cabinet pros outweigh the cons and you're keen to do it yourself — unless you've got ample experience installing built-in space in your home — it's well worth hiring a professional to get the job done right. The long and short is to hire a contractor. This way, you don't spend more money trying to fix your own — potentially botched — DIY attempt in the long run.

With that being said, before doing the fun stuff like creating a Pinterest board for your dream kitchen cabinets or painting swatches on your walls, be sure to do thorough research to find the right cabinet contractor for your kitchen. When you've found your top options, weigh the labor and material costs, previous project examples, and timeframe before deciding on the best contractor. By the time they get started, you'll feel prepared for what's to come — hopefully, a beautiful new set of inset kitchen cabinets to swoon over! And don't be alarmed by the negatives: If you keep your cabinets well-maintained and moisture-free, you should have some effortlessly cool cabinets to marvel at for years to come.