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What To Look For When Buying New Cabinets

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What To Look For When Buying New Cabinets

        Seaside Premium Cabinets knows when it comes to upgrading your kitchen or bathroom, one of the most significant investments you can make is purchasing new cabinets. Cabinets not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the space but also play a crucial role in providing functional storage and increasing home value. However, choosing the right cabinets can be a daunting task with the plethora of options available in the market. To help you make an informed decision, this blog will guide you through the essential factors to consider when buying new cabinets.


        Before you start exploring cabinet options, it’s vital to establish a realistic budget. Cabinets come in a wide range of prices, and knowing your budget will help you narrow down your choices. Remember to account for installation costs, hardware, and any additional features you may want, such as pull-out shelves, trash bins, and spice racks.

Cabinet Material

        All cabinet boxes and frames that Seaside Premium Cabinets offer are of all-wood construction. However, the doors may differ in material due to price, design, and availability. The most common materials include:

  • Wood: Solid wood cabinet doors offer timeless beauty and durability. Oak, cherry, maple, and walnut are popular choices if you are wanting a stained or natural finish. Keep in mind that wood can be more expensive and is much less resistant to warping in humid conditions compared to HDF (High-Density Fiberboard) or MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard).
  • HDF (High-Density Fiberboard): HDF cabinet doors are used for painted finishes due to the extremely smooth surface which provides the highest quality bond for its painted finish. HDF doors are also chosen because of the unique door design that a wood door would not be able to accommodate because of warping or cracking over time.
  • Laminate: Laminate cabinet doors are typically used for European Frameless Cabinets or in Commercial Cabinet applications because of its durability. Laminate is the easiest material to maintain, has the most finish design options, and offers reasonable warp-resistant properties.

Cabinet Style and Design

        The cabinet style and design should complement the overall aesthetics of your space. Consider factors like the door style (e.g., shaker, raised panel, slab), finish (e.g., painted, stained), and hardware (e.g., knobs or pulls). Take into account your personal preferences and the existing décor in your home. You don’t have to follow the “trends” because it is your home, you will be the one to see and use your cabinets every day.

Cabinet Construction Quality

        Inspect the cabinet’s construction quality. Look for dovetail joints, which indicate strong craftsmanship. Examine the cabinet doors and drawers for smooth operation, and check if they have soft-close features. High-quality cabinets should feel sturdy and well-built. Seaside Premium Cabinets has a showroom in Destin, FL where you can look at the different options we offer and test them for yourself.


        Professional installation is essential to ensure your cabinets and trim are properly fitted, leveled, and secured. While DIY installation is an option for some, hiring a skilled cabinet installer is always recommended for larger layouts or if you lack experience. The quality of the installation is arguably more valuable than the quality of the cabinet itself because it is the end result you will see and use every day.


       Choosing new cabinets is an important decision that will greatly impact the functionality and aesthetics of your space. By carefully considering your budget, materials, style, size, construction quality, and installation, you can make an informed choice that will enhance your kitchen or bathroom for decades to come. Whether you opt for classic wood cabinets or modern laminate and HDF designs, the key is to select cabinets that suit your unique needs and preferences. The Seaside Premium Cabinet family is here to help you every step of the way to make sure your needs are met, and you are thrilled with your new cabinetry.

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