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For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. From cooking to entertaining and relaxing, it is the center of daily life. Think about how much time you spend in your kitchen on a daily basis and what you enjoy about your current kitchen. Now, think about what things you would like to change. This is a good starting point for making your dream kitchen a reality. It may seem overwhelming to look through all of the kitchen options out there, but all you need to keep in mind is what is important to you. Simply put, your new kitchen is all about you.
Let’s get the mundane tasks out of the way. Keep in mind, even a small to average remodel can result in a 69 to 75% return on your investment.Budget, Measurements & Timing
Budget: Set a dollar amount for what you anticipate spending. There are many choices available to meet your taste, budget, and needs on any budget level.
Measurements: Basic wall measurements will be required to properly lay out your new kitchen cabinets. Measurements will need to include windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, and the locations of your appliances. If you are planning on having your cabinetry professionally installed, the measurements you use should be provided by your contractor to ensure accuracy. Sketching your kitchen can help you visualize your measurements and the space you’re working with. You can check out our Kitchen Cabinet Planning Guide for tips on measuring your space and a free design grid to make your sketching easy.
Timing: How soon do you want your new kitchen? Menards® offers both in-stock cabinetry options, which can be taken home immediately, and personalized special order options, which can be ready in four weeks or less.
With all the colors, styles, and options available, choosing kitchen cabinets is really all about you! Let’s break down the important considerations to help make your dream a reality.
With all the colors, styles, and options available, choosing kitchen cabinets is really all about you!
Let’s break down the important considerations to help make your dream a reality.
Color, Wood Species & Panels
Color: Typically, color is what you will be drawn to when replacing your kitchen cabinets. There are many stain and paint colors to choose from, and this decision can be very important when remodeling a kitchen. Take a deep breath, relax, and take your time; this decision is yours and should be enjoyable to make.
Wood Species: Kitchen cabinets are available in alder, birch, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and many other species. Each type of wood features unique characteristics and colors that will vary based on the wood you select. But rest assured, you can inspect samples of each wood species at your local Menards® store to ensure that you choose the right tone.
Panels: The style of panel you choose can help set the tone for your entire kitchen. From recessed to cathedral to shaker and more, Menards® carries a wide range of the most popular styles in the color and species of your choice. Visit the cabinets and appliances department of your local Menards® store to see the full collection of colors, wood species, and styles available for your remodel or browse our exciting offerings online.
Laying out your kitchen starts with the space you have to work with. There are four basic kitchen “shapes” to choose from, and which one you pick often depends on the room you already have. The basic kitchen shapes are:
• Straight or I-shaped: All of the work area is located along one wall
• Galley: Divides the work space onto opposite walls, making it ideal for a home that often has two cooks in the kitchen
• L-shaped: Puts the work space on two adjoining walls, saving space and keeping your essential appliances close at hand
• U-shaped: Gives you the most counter and cabinet space by spreading the workspace over three adjoining walls
You may also choose to incorporate an island in your new layout. Islands can provide additional work and storage space, but they are not ideal for smaller spaces as they may cause the kitchen to feel crowded.
Menards® has several ways to help you determine which layout will work best for your home. A Menards® Team Member is always willing to help with any questions you may have along the way. We’ve put together a simple planning guide to help you keep track of what features you want in your new kitchen. You can sketch out your ideal layout on the included design grid and bring it in to your local Menards® store for a free virtual 3D rendering of your design. You can also design your layout in the comfort of your own home using the Ū CRËATË Cabinetry Planner tool. This is a great way for you to be the designer, incorporating all of the features that are important to you. When you’re finished with your design, you can easily complete your cabinet purchase online.
It’s easy to simply place cabinets to fill your wall, but it’s what’s inside that requires some additional thought. Do you constantly get frustrated when you have to pull out five different pans to find the one you need? Adding a pot and pan organizer inside the cabinet will turn that frustration into jubilation. Pantry storage, cooking equipment organization, trash and recycling, a place for charging phones or tablets, and even entertaining – there are cabinet accessory options available tailored to fit your exact needs.
Ordering Your Cabinets
That’s it! These simple but important decisions will provide the Menards® kitchen designer with all the aspects that are important to you for your new kitchen. We’ll provide you with free kitchen design, floor plans, and 3D renderings along the way to ensure that everything is just right. Your new kitchen will look, feel, and perform exactly as you envisioned.
Thank you for allowing Menards® to be part of your kitchen project. When you’re ready to order your cabinets, there are numerous options available to you. You can shop in-stock options to see what’s ready to take home today or see our ready-to-ship options for custom cabinets that are ready in four weeks or less. Check out all of the options available to you at your local Menards® store.
Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or building a new home, new knobs and pulls can be an affordable way to update your cabinets with a new look. With the use of just a simple screwdriver, anyone can easily install new cabinet hardware. You may not realize it, but you will use your cabinet hardware dozens of times each day, so it can have a big impact on the look and functionality of your kitchen. Updating these small details can have a tremendous impact, instantly transforming and complementing your evolving style.Before You Choose Your HardwareBefore selecting your new cabinet hardware, keep these helpful hints in mind:
• Count how many knobs or pulls you currently have or how many you will have. We suggest ordering a few more than you need in case any need to be replaced in the future.
• If you are replacing a cabinet pull, you’ll want to replace it in the same size. Measure the distance between each screw hole to find the center-to-center measurement. The standard center-to-center measurement is 3 inches, but there are many different sizes available. Feel free to bring your old hardware to your nearest Menards® so you can compare the replacement to the original to ensure that it lines up correctly.
• When choosing hardware, be sure to check that a knob or pull’s projection will not interfere with the function of other cabinets or drawers. Projection is the measurement of how far the hardware stands out from the drawer or cabinet. You may need to choose a knob or pull with a shorter projection height to ensure that your cabinets and drawers open properly in tight corners.
Knobs are projecting pieces in various shapes that typically attach with one screw.
Pulls (or handles) are projecting pieces in various shapes, widths, and lengths that attach with two or more screws.
Backplates are decorative panels mounted behind the knob or pull that are great for covering up existing screw holes in your cabinets.Your Cabinet Hardware Style OptionsMost designers classify hardware in four different style categories. Choose a style that complements your cabinets and personal taste.
Casual styles include rustic, urban, and whimsical. Cabinet hardware in these styles is easy to coordinate with many themes.
Contemporary is the best of Euro-modern or cosmopolitan styles. These styles often feature sleek lines, sharp angles, and modern finishes.
Traditional is often known as “Old World” style. Traditional-style cabinet hardware consists of classic designs that are often inspired by historical architecture and unique details that give it character.
Transitional combines the elements of contemporary and traditional hardware for a modern yet simple appearance. This style of hardware is ideal if you are seeking a balance between old fashioned and contemporary styles.
• What type of cabinet do you have?
• Does your cabinet have a face frame or frameless construction?
• How big are your cabinet doors?
• What type of hinge is needed to fit your door, and how would you like it to function?
Here is a guide to help you choose the best hinges for your cabinets:
Step 1: Determine How Many Hinges are Needed
• 2 hinges are required for door heights up to 35″ or 3′, 20 lb capacity
• 3 hinges are required for door heights up to 63″ or 5′, 20-40 lb capacity
• 4 hinges are required for door heights up to 78″ or 7′, 40-60 lb capacity
• 5 hinges are required for door heights up to 94″ or 8′, 60-80 lb capacity
Step 2: Determine if the Cabinet has a Face Frame or Frameless Construction
• Face Frame: The cabinet face is constructed of vertical stiles and horizontal rails that reinforce the cabinet structure and provide mounting support for doors and drawers.
• Frameless: The cabinet is constructed without any face framing. The door and drawers are mounted to the sides of the cabinet. Fully concealed hinges are used for the doors.
Step 3: Decide the Type of Cabinet Door You Have
• Flush or Full Inset Door: Sit completely within the cabinet opening, have no edges to grab onto, and need hardware to pull open. Ideally used with face frame cabinets.
• Partial Inset Door: Sit partially in the cabinet opening and partially across the face of the cabinet.
• Partial Overlay: Must be attached to framed cabinetry. Cabinet doors sit slightly apart from one another, revealing a piece of the face frame.
• Full Overlay: Sit fully across the face of the cabinet with no reveal.
Step 4: Measure Overlay for Face Frame and Frameless Cabinet Styles
1. Close the cabinet door
2. Use a pencil and make a small mark on the cabinet frame directly against the hinged side of the door
3. Open the cabinet door (or remove the door) and measure the pencil mark to the opening of the cabinet
Step 5: Choose your Cabinet Hinges
Before deciding on cabinet hinges, it’s important to determine what purpose you want the hinges to serve. Menards® carries a variety of options for all types of hinges.
Surface: The hinge is visible and is mounted on the outside of the cabinet for primarily decorative purposes.
Concealed: The hinge is hidden and is mounted on the inside of the cabinet for maximum function.
Semi-Concealed: A part of the hinge is showing, the cabinet wing is exposed, and the door wing is concealed or vice versa. Semi-concealed hinges serve both functional and decorative purposes.
Soft-Closing: Door self-closes softly during the last few inches, preventing the door from slamming
Self-Closing: Door self-closes during the last few inches
Full Wrap Overlay: Wraps around three sides of the cabinet body
Partial Wrap Overlay: Wraps around two sides of the cabinet body
Overlay Hinge: Partial hinge (wraps around two sides of the frame) and lets the door overlap onto the frame
Flush: For frameless cabinets, both wings are mounted internally so that they are concealed with the knuckle and pine exposed.
Inset: For face frame cabinets, the semi-concealed hinge with its cabinet wing is visible, and the door wing is concealed.
Demountable hinges are also available for those who want to remove a cabinet door frequently without having to unscrew and re-screw the hinges.
Single Demountable: Allows the door to be removed, leaving the hinges attached to the cabinet. Hinges are mounted with frame screws to the face of the cabinet and special incisions into the door.
Double Demountable: Allows the door and hinges to be removed. Hinges are mounted without screws using incisions into both the door and cabinet face frame.Drawer Slide TypesDrawer slides allow drawers to open and close smoothly. They are used to support a drawer and permit easy operation through the use of guides or rollers. You will want to choose the correct drawer slide for your application and clearance. Drawer slides come in a variety of lengths ranging from 12 to 36 inches. There are many varieties to choose from along with weight capacities, extension variations, and uses. When selecting a drawer slide, it is important to select one that will work for your project’s weight and extension needs.
Drawer Slide Mounting TypesCenter mount drawer slides mount to the drawer’s bottom face and along the center. They are concealed when the drawer is extended and are ideal for small, lightweight drawers. Center mount drawer slides are best for use on face-frame cabinets.Side mount drawer slides attach to the side of the drawer and the side of the inner cabinet. They are visible when the drawer is extended and tend to support more weight. Side mount drawer slides are best for use on frameless cabinets.Bottom mount drawer slides mount to the bottom or bottom edges of the drawer and to the sides of the drawer. Bottom mount drawer slides are a good option if you are looking for something with more weight capacity.Types of Roller Drawer SlidesBall-bearing rollers offer a smooth glide for your drawer. The bearings are hardened spherical balls that greatly reduce the friction between moving parts.Nylon rollers operate in the same way as ball-bearing rollers, but the area of contact is a line instead of a ball and distributes the load weight over a large area.Choosing Catches
Catches (or latches) are used to keep a cabinet closed and for a smooth door release. Whether you want a magnetic catch or a more secure latch that can help prevent small children from opening cupboards, there are a wide range of products to consider.Selecting Your FinishWhen choosing a finish for your new cabinet hardware, take a sample of your cabinet finish to your nearest Menards® if possible. This will help you match your cabinet finish with the hardware to determine the best color combination. There are a variety of finish options to choose from, including satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel, and chrome. Select a finish that will complement your kitchen faucet, light fixtures, or other accents. When making your choice, the most important decision is selecting a finish that you enjoy and that will work with your current décor or theme.