The kitchen is the heart of the home; it is where we spend time prepping food, enjoying delicious meals, and entertaining friends. As the most visual aspect of your kitchen, your kitchen base and wall cabinets need to be functional and make a style statement.
But worn, cramped, or old-fashioned cabinetry can date your home and reduce its functionality. Knowing when to replace your kitchen cabinets can maintain your home’s style and ensure your space remains well-organized and uncluttered.
Yellowing, peeling, or damaged cabinet doors and drawers are not the only reasons to upgrade your kitchen cabinets. If you are experiencing the following, it is time to replace your kitchen cabinetry.
Unless you intentionally have a retro or traditional style kitchen, your cabinet colors and style likely need to be updated.
Outfashioned cabinets can be a major drawback in the kitchen, making the space feel dated and unappealing. If your cabinets are more than a decade old, they may be showing signs of wear and tear, or they may have a style that is no longer in vogue, and it may be time to replace them with something more modern and stylish.
Some cabinet styles that can quickly become outdated include dark wood stains, drab gray or beige painted cabinets, ornate toe kicks, particle board cabinet doors, exposed hinges, brass or nickel hardware, Roman Ogee or arched door styles, and pre-assembled stock cabinets.
To give your kitchen a facelift, look for updated cabinets designed with timeless elements, such as clean-lined Shaker cabinets with modern bar pulls, flat front minimalist cabinetry with no hardware, or white beadboard cabinets that will give your kitchen a down-home country feel.
Another good way to check for current cabinet styles is to compare your kitchen with recent kitchen remodels online or in magazines to find design inspiration, or use a free kitchen design app like Kitchen Planner or My Kitchen.
Lack of Storage Space
As kitchens become more open and modern, homeowners may find themselves lacking adequate storage space. Cabinets that were once sufficient may now be inadequate due to changing needs and lifestyles. If you are constantly struggling to store all your kitchen essentials, consider replacing your cabinets with something that provides more storage space.
Some indicators that your kitchen may be lacking in storage space:
- Overcrowded cabinets and drawers: Are your cabinets and drawers so full that it’s difficult to find what you need? Are you constantly moving things around to make room for new items?
- Counter clutter: Are your counters cluttered with small appliances and other items that don’t have designated storage space?
- Inadequate pantry space: Do you find yourself running out of pantry space, or do you have to stack items on top of each other?
Replacing your wall and base cabinets and adding cabinet accessories like a Lazy Susan, blind corner pull-outs, roll-outs for trash receptacles, or pot racks can help you make the most of your cabinet space.
Excessive Wear or Damaged Cabinets
Wear and tear on kitchen cabinets is a natural part of their lifespan, but excessive wear or damage can indicate that it’s time to replace them. Cabinets subjected to daily use show signs like scratches, dents, grime build-up, and faded finishes. If not properly maintained, they can become damaged and unsightly.
Replacing your damaged cabinets can not only improve the look of your kitchen, but it can also improve the overall functionality and safety of the space. If you notice any of the following signs, consider replacing your cabinets:
- Visible damage: Are your cabinets showing signs of scratches, dents, or other visible damage? Are the doors and drawers starting to warp or sag?
- Peeling or chipped paint: Is the paint or finish on your cabinets peeling or chipping? This is a sign that the finish on your cabinets is no longer protecting them from moisture and other elements, and it’s time to replace them.
- Warping or water damage: Are your cabinets warped or showing signs of water damage, like a musty smell? This can be a result of a leaky faucet or dishwasher.
- Mold or mildew: Are your cabinets showing signs of mold or mildew? This is a sign of moisture damage and can be a health hazard; it’s critical to address it immediately by replacing the affected cabinets.
To Make Room for New Appliances
As technology advances, appliances are becoming larger and more energy-efficient. While upgrading to new appliances can be exciting and save you money on your bills long-term, fitting them into your existing kitchen can also present a challenge.
If you want to upgrade to a new refrigerator, dishwasher, or oven, but your cabinets and countertops cannot accommodate the new appliance, it might be time to consider replacing them.
Signs that your kitchen may not have enough room for new appliances include:
- Tight squeeze: Are your existing appliances squeezed into your cabinets and countertops, making it difficult to use or clean them properly? Can you open appliance doors without hitting your existing cabinetry?
- Inadequate ventilation: Are your appliances unable to vent properly because they don’t fit in the space provided?
As our lives change, our home needs and design preferences also change. Whether it’s welcoming a new family member or making your kitchen ADA-compliant, lifestyle changes can be a reason to consider replacing your kitchen cabinets. Some examples of lifestyle changes that may necessitate new cabinets include:
- Growing family: As your family grows, you may find that your current cabinets no longer meet your storage and organization needs. New cabinets can provide more storage space and better organization options to accommodate your expanding family.
- Entertaining: If you enjoy entertaining guests in your home, you may want a kitchen that’s better suited for hosting. New cabinets can provide the storage space you need to keep your kitchen organized and ready for guests and a stylish look that will impress your visitors.
- ADA-compliance: If you or a family member require more efficient access to kitchen cabinets, you will need to replace your current kitchen with custom cabinets that offer extended toe kicks, lower counter heights and drawer pulls, and high-grip hardware.
- Personal taste: Sometimes, lifestyle changes can simply be a change in personal preference. If your current kitchen cabinets no longer suit your style or you’re ready for a change, new cabinets can provide you with a fresh look that you’ll love.
Your Back Hurts
If you find yourself experiencing back pain or discomfort while working in the kitchen, it may be time to consider replacing your cabinets. Your kitchen may not be ergonomically designed, if:
- Cabinet height: Are your cabinets too high or too low, causing you to bend or stretch uncomfortably?
- Drawer and cabinet handles: Are your cabinet and drawer handles too high or too low, causing you to reach or bend?
- Counter height: Is your counter height causing you to hunch over or stretch while working?
Features to Look for When Shopping for New Cabinets
Updating your kitchen cabinets can be a significant investment, but it can pay off in terms of function and design. Not only do new cabinets provide improved storage and organization, but they can also give your kitchen a new look. When shopping for updated kitchen cabinets, some features and accessories to consider include:
- Adjustable height cabinets: Adjustable height cabinets allow you to adjust the height of your cabinets to suit your needs, reducing strain on your back.
- Pull-out shelves: Pull-out shelves make accessing items in the back of your cabinets easier, reducing the need to reach and stretch.
- Soft-close drawers and doors: Soft-close drawers and doors reduce the need to use force when opening and closing your cabinets, reducing strain on your back.
- Glass-paneled cabinet doors: Glass panes reflect the light and create the illusion of more space in the kitchen. They can also display your serving ware and cookware, offering a unique decorative element for your kitchen.
- Solid wood finishes: Solid wood is durable and more resistant to damage from moisture and impact than plywood or particle board. At Motor City Granite & Cabinets, we offer premium quality cabinetry in various finishes, including maple, oak alder, hickory, and quarter sawn oak.
- Sleek drawer pulls: Choose timeless pewter or nickel drawer and door pulls rather than elaborate handles. Pulls offer an affordable alternative to handles, and more grip than knobs, making them the ideal choice for most kitchens.
Install New Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re ready to take the plunge and install new kitchen cabinets, Motor City Granite & Cabinets can help. Our team offers design and cabinet installation services to meet your specific needs, whether it’s more storage space, better organization, or a new look.
Don’t let outdated, worn-out, or improperly functioning cabinets affect your kitchen workflow. With the help of Motor City Granite & Cabinets, you can have the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let us help you create the kitchen you’ve always wanted.