Kitchen Remodeling Cabinet Trends Review - Inset Cabinet Doors

Inset Cabinets - Image by Cliqstudios

Inset Cabinets - Image by Cliqstudios

Cabinet Trends - Learn Why Inset Cabinet Doors Are Popular

Today, frameless European style kitchen cabinets are popular amongst designers seeking cutting edge cabinet trends. They bring a modern sleek look to the kitchen. An alternative design that is becoming more popular with both homeowners and kitchen designers, is inset cabinetry.

Inset cabinets, which are one of today's cabinet trends to watch, were first popularized in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are built in a manner that is similar to frameless cabinets, but the doors are inset, and are flush with the cabinet frame, rather than laying on top of it like both European style and face frame cabinetry.

As inset cabinetry becomes more and more popular, homeowners are finding that they offer plenty of benefits and a few drawbacks. It's important to do your research before you commit to any purchase. Here are a few key pros and cons to inset cabinetry design.

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The Key Benefits of Inset Cabinetry

Inset cabinets are one of the leading cabinet trends for the coming year because they bring substantial benefits to your kitchen. Probably the most common reason is that they look great and fit into almost any design style from traditional to modern. Because the doors are set flush within the cabinet box, they offer clean lines and a simple yet elegant look. Plus, the edges of the doors are less prone to wear and tear over time because they're not exposed like traditional face frame or frameless cabinet designs.

Along with the normal colors and materials, options include beaded or non-beaded inserts and can sport either exposed or hidden hinges so you can design the look to match your style. While it's somewhat negligible, inset cabinets offer some space savings that can be a plus in a small space. They project outward a little less and this along with the sleek line can make a difference in a smaller kitchen.

Inset cabinets are usually completely custom and need to be built with attention to detail and professional skill.

Because inset doors do require precise construction in order to operate properly they are built to the highest quality standards and as a result, offer many years of trouble-free service.

The Drawbacks...

There are a few drawbacks you should be aware of before jumping in. Because they are custom-built, while you can get exactly what you are looking for, you pay for the privilege. In most cases, inset cabinetry can cost 20 to 40% more than semi-custom cabinets, and significantly more than stock so you'll need to budget accordingly.

Because the doors fit inside the frame, inset cabinets have a little less storage in both the cabinets and drawers. While this loss is minimal, some homeowners find this an inconvenience, However, this problem can be minimized with customized storage options.

Even the best quality inset cabinets will require some level of ongoing maintenance throughout their lifetime. Homes settle, wear and tear and high levels of moisture can affect how the doors and drawers sit within the frame. You may require periodic visits from your contractor to reset the hang to maintain their clean tight look. The best way to avoid this problem is wise to work with a professional, experienced home remodeler and manufacturer who only uses the highest quality materials.

Inset cabinetry is set to be one of the hottest cabinet trends for 2018. If you're planning a kitchen remodeling, consider adding inset cabinetry to your project. While you will pay more upfront, inset cabinets offer a custom look that's at home in any décor.

At Forward Design Build, we're very familiar with inset cabinetry and only work with the highest quality manufacturers and materials so we can provide our customers with beautiful cabinets that last for the long haul. If you'd like to learn more about your cabinetry options or are considering a kitchen remodel, give us a call and let us show you how we can help you achieve your perfect dream kitchen!

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