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Intrigue Your Eyes: 5 Kitchen Storage Ideas

The kitchen is the heart of a home. Serving as the perfect gathering spot for family and friends, a kitchen’s main function is to also store food, cooking equipment, and small appliances. For a well-functioning and beautiful kitchen, one must have effective kitchen storage solutions. When everything has a designated place, you’ll not only be maximizing your kitchen’s existing storage, but you’ll feel more confident as a cook.

We’re here to show you a variety of kitchen storage ideas so you can implement this organization before the holidays hit!

The Role of a Kitchen

Your kitchen is the center of your every day. Most likely, your day begins with either a cup of coffee or breakfast with your family in the kitchen. Guests also gather in the kitchen to eat and socialize. This room acts as a bonding area that turns your house into a home, and bonds your loved ones together.

In fact, a recent Cambridge study stated a person’s longevity increases with cooking at home on a frequent basis. It’s also a place where social skills and manners are learned. Having a beautiful kitchen is an investment towards your family’s health and happiness. A well-organized and functional kitchen will draw family members and friends into the heart of your home. The key to this is to draw inspiration from top kitchen storage ideas

Why Kitchen Storage Solutions Are Important

In our industry, we see a great need for kitchen storage space. In fact, when designing kitchens, we oftentimes include certain storage solutions that will help to create a practical space with amenities to streamline the prep, cooking, and cleanup process. 

By incorporating more storage space into a kitchen, you can easily prep those holiday meals stress-free. When your kitchen doesn’t have sufficient storage solutions and is unorganized, you aren’t operating at your best. Your meals and even emotions about cooking will start to suffer. 

Fear not! With a variety of kitchen storage ideas that are easy to install, you’ll love your kitchen even more!

Choosing The Best Kitchen Storage Solutions

When it comes to kitchen organization space, there really is never too many places to stash items. 

When selecting storage solutions, you’ll want to make sure that you leave as little space as possible to waste. In the planning process, think about how you can group items by a specific task. For example, baking pans and bowls stored together in one drawer will make it easy to pull them out when you start baking those holiday cookies. 

Additionally, think about the best ways to maximize kitchen space. Does it make sense to take up counter top space with a spice rack, or should you put in a spice pull out drawer? 

In our experience, the below approaches work best when thinking about kitchen storage ideas:

  • Choose the latest technology so you can get many years of use out of it. According to Merillat, full-width trays perform better and are easier to clean with concealed glides.
  • What is your preference to store items? In a drawer? Behind cabinets? Choose solutions around how you live from day to day.
  • What storage solution will truly maximize space? While some solutions help to organize, others help to store more. For example, tiered drawer storage can actually hold two silverware sets in one drawer.

 

You can also rely on our design team to help guide you to make good storage choices.

Setting Standards for Kitchen Organization & Storage

When thinking of kitchen storage ideas, it’s best to set standards for the different cabinets in your kitchen.

Kitchen Cabinet Organizers: while Lazy Susans probably pop into your head first, they certainly aren’t the only option out there for cabinet organization. From tray dividers to adjustable shelving, you’ll have that perfect place to store those larger serving dishes.

Pull-Out Trays: tired of crouching down on your knees to find a pot or pan? Pull-out organizers not only alleviate the need to bend down, but you’ll be able to easily find everything that’s in those deep dark corners. 

Drawer Inserts: Crowded or messy drawers? Take back control. Drawer inserts will have a space for anything so you can easily find it, and it’s also very appealing to the eyes. 

When you have everything you need in the proper place, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is cooking those delicious holiday cookies. 

5 Kitchen Storage Ideas

Now, let’s talk about some of the top kitchen storage ideas that will leave you inspired:

#1: Base Double Wastebasket Top Mount Kit

We love the convenience of two separate bins: one for trash and the other for recycling. Plus, installing this under your sink keeps it nice and close to your work area, but neatly concealed to keep it out of sight. Merillat in both their Classic and Massterpiece Collection offers this solution. 

Merillat Base Double Wastebasket Top Mount Kit

#2: Base Swing-Out Shelves

Corner cabinets can be the epitome of any kitchen. With a swing out shelf, you’ll not only increase the storage in your kitchen, but you’ll have easier access to those pots and pans. 

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#3: Wine Storage and Stem Glass Holder

Why should you have to go down to your basement just to grab a bottle of wine?! A wine storage cabinet complete with stemmed wine glass holder will complete your entertainment corner. 

#4: Spice Drawer Insert Kit

There’s no need to take up counter space or cabinet space. With a spice drawer insert kit (available from Quality Cabinets), you can simply pull out a drawer and viola – your spices are neatly organized saving you time and frustration. 

Quality Cabinets Spice Drawer Insert Kit

#5: Cutlery Drawers

These wide and spacious organizers from Fabuwood oftentimes have movable compartments that make it super easy and convenient to hold any type of cutlery – whether that be silverware, knives, or cooking utensils. 

Fabuwood Cutlery Drawers

Let H.J. Oldenkamp Help You Prepare For The Holidays

Being a wholesale distributor for multiple cabinet lines means that we have a variety of options to meet your needs. We offer two semi-custom lines, a frameless series, three affordable cabinets lines, and two that provide a great value and options for the price.

With all of these cabinet lines, there are a range of kitchen storage ideas that you can choose from. The best part is we have a beautiful showroom filled with over 18 different displays and selection centers so you can see our cabinet lines and kitchen storage ideas in person. Please contact our team today for more inspiration on kitchen storage ideas

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5 Popular Wood Species to Know

Being in our industry, we’re surrounded by wood. Different wood species are better for certain architectural projects than others. For example, maple is a great wood type used for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The type of wood chosen will determine the beauty and strength of the finished piece.

Do you know the most popular wood species? How about the specific characteristics that make up different wood types? This blog post will introduce you to the most popular wood types and their characteristics.

The Beauty of Natural Wood

There’s no denying the beautiful characteristics of wood. It’s actually the variety of color hues, grain patterns, and other natural characteristics that make wood perfect for furniture, countertops, and cabinets. 

Color and grain pattern are the two primary factors that influence the appearance of wood, and both can be easily enhanced when the finish color is applied. 

What naturally influences color variation in wood species? There are a few: soil, minerals, water levels, available sunlight, temperature, and genetic composition. In a forest, natural chemical extractives found in the cell walls create color variation. These variations are traceable to: red, orange, yellow, and violet. 

In a commercial farm, the range of variation can be increased when mixing wood species. For example, it’s common to mix red oak and pine oak together. 

Similar to color variation, grain is influenced by many different factors including tree size, growth rate, climate changes, site conditions, genetics, bird, insect, and fire damage. 

Even the same wood species that grows in another part of the world can look drastically different from one another. 

Hardwood vs. Softwood

The type of wood chosen for a certain project depends on what is being built. For instance, a bookshelf needs to be built with strong wood that can withstand a lot of weight. However, a coffee table could use a wood species that’s more lightweight and good-looking. So what’s the difference between hardwood and softwood?

Hardwood

Hardwood comes from deciduous trees, and typically are more expensive simply because they are hard to find as they take a long time to grow and mature. 

Hardwood is strong, and has beautiful texture, color, and grain patterns. Some common examples of this type of wood include ash, oak, teak, birch, walnut, and mahogany.

Softwood

This type of wood comes from evergreen or coniferous trees. Typically, softwood grows in cool climates, often found in Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia. Since these trees grow faster than hardwood, softwood tends to be cheaper.

Softwood is light, soft, and easy to work with. Some common examples of softwood include pine, spruce, cedar, and redwood. 

Other Wood Species

But, what about maple? It actually comes in hard and soft! Soft maple is easy to work with, while hard maple is a bit tougher. This wood species is actually pretty common as it’s grown on commercial farms. Choosing either soft or hard maple is better and stronger than other softwoods. It’s also less expensive too!

Have you heard of plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF), or particle board before? These are manufactured wood types. In this process, wood particles are pressed together and bonded under pressure. Hardwoods are typically used on the outer side to give different looks. These wood types are exclusively used for kitchen cabinets and shelves. 

5 Popular Wood Species

While there are over 50 types of wood species (and more than 60,000 trees worldwide!), we’re here to breakdown the 5 most popular ones that are commonly seen in both cabinets and countertops. 

Let’s take a moment to admire (and learn) about the biodiversity of the earth’s wood species:

Cherry

Being a very popular and all-around great wood, cherry is easy to work with, stains and finishes well, and ages beautifully. The color variation can range from a nearly white to light red to dark reddish brown. It also has a fine to medium, uniform grain pattern. Cherry is in high-demand and can be more expensive compared to oak or maple. 

Oak

Most commonly used for furniture, oak is available in either red or white, and is another wood species that’s very easy to work with. The color variation of oak ranges from light tan to pink to red to dark brown. Oak does have a consistent medium fine grain pattern. 

Soft Maple

Being easier to work with than hard maple, soft maple has a color variation that goes from nearly white to light gray. The fine, straight, and uniform grain pattern help to create a very stable and beautiful wood.

Hard Maple

While difficult to work with, hard maple is one of the most beautiful woods. Similar to soft maple, this wood type has a fine consistent grain pattern. Oftentimes, you’ll see the color variation range from nearly white to a slightly reddish brown. Both soft and hard maple are less expensive than other hardwoods, making them one of the most popular wood species on the market. 

Hickory

Similar to hard maple, hickory is a very difficult wood to work with. However, the beautiful color range from nearly white to dark brown make up for it. Featuring a fine, uniform grain, you can use hickory to make a beautiful statement piece. 

Wood Products at the H.J. Oldenkamp Company

Typically, when we think of wood, we usually think about bookshelves, tables, and flooring. However, wood is very versatile, and here at the H.J. Oldenkamp Company, we supply the industry with some great wood products.

Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinets

The kitchen and bathroom are two very important rooms in any home. You’ll want to ensure that those spaces are both functional and stylish. One of the best ways to accomplish that is to invest in top quality cabinets from some of the top manufacturers in the United States. 

These top cabinet brands will build durable, strong, and beautiful cabinets that last for many years. 

We are pleased to offer 8 cabinet brands:

  • Merillat Masterpiece
  • Mid Continent Cabinetry
  • Vista (frameless)
  • Merillat Classic
  • Fabuwood
  • Quality Cabinets
  • Quality – Woodstar Cabinets
  • Kountry Wood Products

 

ColorMatch™ from the Merillat Masterpiece® Collection

While choosing kitchen or bathroom cabinets can be a tough decision, just remember that there is a cabinet line, door style, and color that will meet your tastes and needs. 

Surfacing Materials

A unique wood application (and one of our favorites) is residential and commercial countertops. A butcher block countertop is both practical and gorgeous. Plus, with a little proper upkeep,  you’ll have countertops that will last for many years with minimum wear and tear. 

Wood Welded Butcher Block - Commercial Dining

Residentially, butcher block tops can serve many different purposes including kitchen countertops, island surfacing material, make/prep station off a kitchen island, and rolling workstations. 

Industrially, this product is great for bench tops in the locker room or in an institution. Commercially, we’ve seen butcher blocks used as dining table tops in a cafe, bakery and food prep areas, and as professional cutting boards.

One of the reasons why we love Michigan Maple Block is the fact that it’s customizable for any type of space, and look and feel. Butcher block tops come in a variety of traditional wood species like maple and cherry. They also come in more exotic finishes such as black walnut and teak. Whether you’re looking for a space with an industrial look or one with chic innovation, the possibilities are truly endless.

Vertical Wall Applications

A way to awaken a space is with wood wall paneling. Plankwise interior wood wall panels are made from only the finest North American natural wood species including walnut, maple, and white oak. Featuring 8 finish options, the perfect look can easily be found for either a residential or commercial space.

plankwise Wood Wall Planks - Kitchen

Ideal for a vertical wall in a kitchen, living room, or bedroom, plankwise can also be installed on a ceiling to help accent skylights. With tongue and groove profile, these wood wall planks are super easy to install and will stand against moisture and humidity allowing for minimal movement and warping. 

This is definitely another wood application to help make a unique space.

Final Thoughts on Wood Species 

There are many wood species that can be used for cabinet, countertop, and furniture projects. While there are pros and cons to each type, there definitely is no “one size fits all.” It all comes down to your tastes, which elements are important to you, and your budget. Knowing the characteristics will allow you to select the best wood species for your space. Interested in learning more about our cabinet lines or Michigan Maple Block? Contact our team today!

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The Top 8 Kitchen Cabinets To Buy

Updating your kitchen? Choosing new kitchen cabinets can be such a hard decision to make, and it’s also the most important one you’ll make with any kitchen refresh. The key is to learn about the different cabinet lines and find the door style and color that matches your lifestyle and vision. If you choose a highly recommended company, like us, you’ll have zero issues with getting high quality kitchen cabinets for the right price.

How do you choose the right kitchen cabinets to buy? Let’s get you started.

The Importance of Choosing Top Quality Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home, and just like with any room in your house, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is both functional and stylish. The best way to do that is to invest in top quality kitchen cabinets from some of the top manufacturers in the United States. 

All kitchen cabinets have characteristics that contribute to their lifespan. The top kitchen cabinet brands will be durable, strong, and beautiful while lasting for many years. Unfortunately, in the cabinet industry not all will provide you with many years of high functionality. Some kitchen cabinets can even show wear and tear after 1-2 years. Some top issues that we usually see are crooked doors, sagging doors, loose hinges, and warping of boxes.

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Sadly, these issues will cause a premature deterioration of your kitchen. By choosing kitchen cabinets with top construction, you and your kitchen will be happy for many years.

How Do You Choose Your Kitchen Cabinets

While the brands and choices for cabinets can be a bit overwhelming, below are some tips to help you find the right ones for your space:

Tip #1: Choose Your Door Profile, First

Your cabinet doors will be the most visual element in your kitchen (yes, it surpasses the color and any shiny new appliance), which is why door style plays a vital role in kitchens. To narrow down your selection, choose the door profile that you like the most. For example, some popular ones include recessed square and slab.

Different kitchen cabinet door styles

Knowing the look you want in your kitchen can help to narrow down your selection even more. For instance, if you’re wanting a modern look, a slab door will achieve that. 

Tip #2: Narrow to Your Favorite Style

This step is actually easy as your budget will be the big driving factor on cabinet line and style. When using our showroom, our designers will be able to show you a variety of different styles and cabinet lines. From there, we recommend to take pictures of your top 3-4 cabinets. Then, over the next few days revisit those cabinet door styles and delete the ones you don’t like. In a few days, you’ll have chosen the door style you love. 

Tip #3: Decide Wood and Color

Dark cherry wood or white laminate kitchen cabinets? Again, knowing the overall kitchen style that you want will help to make this decision. Working with designers or our design team can also help you to determine what wood type, stain, or paint color you should choose. 

Tip #4: Think About Organization

It’s time to think about how you use your kitchen. For example, are you an aspiring chef? If so, you might want to design a kitchen with more drawers for pots and pans. If you’re a baker, finding a cabinet line with organization options such as a spice pull out, might be an appealing feature and one you must have.  

Merillat Kitchen Cabinets Organization

Tip #5: It’s All in The Little Details

The key from liking your kitchen cabinets to loving them is in the little details that might normally get overlooked. If you have little kids or are actively cooking, there are cabinet lines out there that offer soft-close hinges, which is a piece of hardware mounted to the hinge and gets activated when the door is about 1-inch from closing. It creates a silent, self-closing motion compared to other traditional cabinets and hinges that slam shut.

The Best Kitchen Cabinets for Sale

Now that you know a bit more on how to select the right style, color, and accessories for your kitchen cabinets, let’s talk about some of the top cabinet lines you can choose from. 

Semi-Custom Series

At H.J. Oldenkamp, we offer two semi-custom cabinet lines. In choosing either one of them, you will be able to build the exact kitchen of your dreams. With the variety of colors, features, and options, you won’t have to compromise on your kitchen cabinets

Merillat Masterpiece

Masco, a global leader in the home building industry, produces the Merillat Masterpiece Collection. The benefits in choosing Masterpiece include:

  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Wide range of finish options
  • Accessories galore
  • Proprietary topcoat
  • Modify sizes within 1/16-inch

masterpiece kitchen cabinets

Mid Continent Cabinetry

The other semi-custom line we offer is Mid Continent Cabinetry. With this semi-custom cabinet line, you’ll receive:

  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Custom paint and cabinet options  to create a totally unique space
  • Vanity program
  • Wide selection of moldings and wood hoods

mid continent kitchen cabinets

With either Masterpiece or Mid Continent Cabinetry, if you can dream it, they will have a custom solution for you.

Frameless Series

One of the new trends in cabinetry is frameless. What are frameless cabinets? They are cabinets that don’t have a face frame. In this industry, they are also called full access cabinets, and originally became popular in Europe. 

One of the many great benefits of frameless is that they offer more storage room than traditional cabinets. 

Vista Cabinetry

The frameless line of Mid Continent Cabinetry, Vista Cabinetry has the following features:

  • 15% more storage than traditional cabinets
  • Easier access with no center stile
  • Wider drawers for more storage
  • Many wood and finish options

Vista Cabinetry Kitchen Cabinets

Mid-Range Series

Offering impeccable style and great functionality for an affordable price, we are happy to offer three distinct cabinet lines in a mid-price range. 

Merillat Classic

Another Masco produced cabinet line, Merillat Classic is known as “America’s Kitchen.” Additionally, Merillat Classic also features a 25-year limited warranty, new finishes that keep up with what’s trending, and stylish yet practical options.

Classic kitchen cabinets

Fabuwood

A modern cabinet line that will transform any space into one that’s both beautiful and functional. With Fabuwood, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll receive:

  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Variety of modification options
  • Semi-custom
  • All-plywood box

Fabuwood Kitchen Cabinets

Quality Cabinets

Top value and creative lifestyle solutions help to make QualityCabinets an attractive cabinet option.

Some of the top benefits in choosing this cabinet line include:

  • 18 paint/stain options
  • 8 door styles
  • Soft-close hinges
  • Dovetail drawer option


Masco Cabinetry is also the parent company of Quality Cabinets.

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Value Series

We also offer two cabinet lines that offer great value and options for the price. 

Quality Cabinets – Woodstar Series

Part of Quality Cabinets, the Woodstar Series is an attractive cabinet line that offers creative solutions and benefits including:

  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Budget friendly
  • 5 door styles and 6 color options

woodstar kitchen cabinets

Kountry Wood Products

Hand-crafted, versatile cabinets that offer the industry’s most popular finish and storage options, Kountry Wood Products is also our most affordable cabinet line. You will also see great benefits like 21 finish options, 10 door styles, and eco-friendly initiatives.

Kountry Wood Products Kitchen Cabinets

The best part about all of these cabinet lines is that we have a selection center in our showroom so you can see them in person before making your final decision. We even have two cabinets (Kountry Wood Products in Lava Cherry and Quality Woodstar in Maddie White) in stock for quick delivery. 

Why Choose H.J. Oldenkamp for Kitchen Cabinets

Here at the H.J. Oldenkamp Company, we’ve been supplying the industry’s top interior building products since 1946. We’ve quickly become the Midwest’s leading wholesale distributor, and we are 100% dedicated to having the products you need exactly when you need them. 

Our Royal Oak, Michigan warehouse has over 100,00 square feet of space filled with products that are ready for pick-up or immediate delivery. We even have a clearance vanity section where you can browse over fifteen ready-made bath and kitchen cabinets for sale.

Our team also offers a variety of other services to help keep you, our customers, more than satisfied. 

Wrap-up: Top Kitchen Cabinets for Sale

While choosing kitchen cabinets can be a tough decision, just remember that there is a cabinet line and style that will meet your tastes and needs. Working with a kitchen designer can definitely help in this process. Whether you have questions about one of our cabinet lines, would like to tour our showroom, or would like to request a sample, please contact our Customer Service Team today at 1-800-462-6047.

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3 Reasons Why The Shaker Door Is A Popular Kitchen Cabinet Style

There’s a secret that will make all kitchens look amazing: choosing classic kitchen cabinet styles

Between the shiny, new appliances, gorgeous countertops, and expensive decor, it’s no secret that we spend a lot of money on kitchens. In fact, Houzz recently compiled information and published the 2019 Kitchen Trends Report indicating that the average spend on a kitchen remodel is $11,000.

How can you get the most bang out of your buck so you aren’t spending $11,000 every five years on a kitchen remodel? The secret lies in your kitchen cabinet styles. In choosing a style that will withstand the test of time, you’ll save yourself time, money, and frustration. 

What kitchen cabinet styles should you choose for your new kitchen? The shaker door style is one of our top contenders. Below we’re spilling all the secrets on why the shaker door style will never go out of style.

What is a Shaker Style Cabinet Door?

These kitchen cabinet styles are made of a 5-piece construction, a flat recessed center panel surrounded by a raised square frame. This simple construction allows them to last for decades with regular care and maintenance.

]The classic lines (as you can see in the above Fabuwood Cabinetry kitchen) help to give this door style an elegant look. Plus, designers and homeowners like the versatility of the shaker door style as it can be easily paired with any kitchen style you can dream of – farmhouse, traditional, and modern.

What are the Key Characteristics of the Shaker Door?

This simple and classic door style encompasses the following details:

  • Great style for natural wood finishes including oak, maple, and cherry
  • Comes paint-ready
  • Clean, elegant look
  • Raised outer frame beveled at 90-degree angle to create a shadow effect
  • Outer frame helps to strengthen the cabinet door

The Origins of the Shaker Door

This door style was inspired by the historical shaker furniture style. It represents the core ethics of the Shaker society: strength and stability. These two characteristics are achieved from the efficient and practical design. 

The shaker door style has been around for over 100 years, and is the basis of influence for many home interiors. It’s really no wonder why this door style remains as one of the most popular styles for many cabinet manufacturers.

The Modern Day Shaker Door

While this door style was originally based on the Shaker furniture style which, unfortunately, lacked decoration and details; nowadays, the shaker door has been modernized through the addition of subtle elements such as finishes and hardware. 

Due to the flat center panel, the shaker door is a wonderful canvas that showcases the natural beauty of wood grain and stained finishes. If you’re looking to add a large splash of color to your kitchen, this door style also works with a laminated or painted finish, another modern twist to this classic door.

Some cabinet manufacturers add a beadboard or decorative edging to the stiles and rails of the door creating a touch of elegance. The more details added to shaker kitchen cabinet styles, the more they can complement a range of kitchen designs from a modern bathroom to a chef-inspired kitchen and any style in between.

3 Reasons Why Shaker Doors are so Popular for Homeowners

The shaker door style features simple, clean lines which gives you a variety of finish options to choose from. Our designers here at H.J. Oldenkamp have seen a trend for both white and gray shaker doors, but those are just two options. Shaker kitchen door cabinet styles look beautiful with a paint, stain, and sheen. You can even dress them up with decorative pulls – the sky is truly the limit. 

We also think the affordable price range of the shaker style door is another reason why it’s such a crowd pleaser. From a value series to semi-custom cabinet lines, there is a shaker door that can fit within just about any budget. 

The shaker door style is also seen as timeless. Building your dream home or remodeling a kitchen is a once in a lifetime experience. Choosing a classic cabinet style, such as the shaker, will guarantee that you’re investing in cabinets that will withstand the test of time.

Take Your Shaker Pick at H.J. Oldenkamp

We have a few different cabinet lines that offer shaker kitchen cabinet door styles

Merillat® Classic is one of our mid-price range cabinet lines. With a 25-year limited warranty, new finishes and stylish options, this cabinet line is known as “America’s Kitchen”, and it’s easy to see why. Merillat® Classic offers a variety of shaker kitchen cabinet styles cabinet options including the Marlin, Ralston, Tolani, and Vance. 

Featuring a limited lifetime warranty, wide range of finish options, proprietary topcoat, and custom sizes within 1/16-inch, Merillat® Masterpiece is one of the semi-custom cabinet lines we offer. Two popular shaker door styles are the Carlin and Mesa.

Mid Continent Cabinetry is another semi-custom cabinet line where the styles and custom paint options are truly endless. With a limited lifetime warranty and a wide selection of moldings and wood hood, Mid Continent Cabinetry is a great cabinet line for those wanting a more specific look. Some popular shaker door styles include the Adams, Lewis, and Allen.

Fabuwood, one of our mid-price range cabinet lines, has a 5-year limited warranty, a variety of modification options, semi-custom, and is made with an all-plywood box. There are two shaker kitchen cabinet styles: Galaxy and Discovery. 

Quality Cabinets offers two popular shakers: Peterson and Reagan. Both are met with 18 paint and stain options, soft-close hinges  and top quality cabinet construction

A great value, Woodstar cabinets have a 3-year limited warranty, are budget-friendly, and have 5 door styles and 6 color options available. Three popular shaker doors in the Quality Cabinet Woodstar Series are Derby, Kittery, and Maddie.

Made in America, Kountry Wood Products has 21 finish options, 10 door styles, and is our most affordable cabinet line. This eco-friendly product offers a range of shaker doors including Harmony (which HJO stocks in Lava Cherry) and Jamestown.

All of these styles offer smooth finishes and are perfect for residential and commercial projects.

Final Thoughts on Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Cabinets make a bold statement in both kitchens and bathrooms. Depending on the cabinet line, you could be faced with a plethora of door styles, drawer fronts, and side panels. If you’re wanting to achieve a classic look that will never go out of style, the shaker door is your best bet. Not only will you see the value but this door style can really elevate any type of space. To learn more about kitchen cabinet styles, please feel free to call our customer service team at 800-462-6047.

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Trending Now: The Importance Of Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are convenient for many reasons: they serve as an extra food prep area and they’re a perfect gathering spot for family members and friends. In fact, according to a recent Fixr survey, 92% of homeowners would like to have a kitchen island, and it’s no surprise why the industry is seeing more and more kitchen islands in remodel plans.

Another appeal to kitchen islands is the design portion. Nowadays, it’s common to see fun shapes and vibrant colors incorporated into kitchen islands. Plus, they’re a great way to add interest into a home.

Should you add a kitchen island into your remodel plans? Let’s learn more about the importance of kitchen islands and how you can design one to fit your needs.

The Increase in Popularity of Kitchen Islands

Long gone are the days where kitchen islands served as only being a prep area for cooking. In today’s world, these islands act as a replacement for breakfast nooks and kitchen tables. Not only that but these islands serve as an extra entertaining area as they are the perfect gathering spot for the cook and taste testers.

The increase in popularity also comes down to the endless style options. Homeowners view kitchen islands as a way to be bold and express their personality. Whether they get inspiration from a home renovation show or flipping through a design magazine, more people are willing to add their own flair with a kitchen island, mainly because it’s a way to separate themselves from everyone else.

Merillat Kitchen Island

But, why exactly are kitchen islands so important? They allow homeowners to take advantage of the kitchen work triangle. What’s that? Having a kitchen island in the right spot will maximize your cooking work center, sink/cleanup work center, and refrigeration. Basically, an island is the center of a kitchen’s room dynamics. Not only do kitchen islands serve as a way to personalize a kitchen but they also serve as a way to keep everything moving in a logical flow.

4 Benefits to a Kitchen Island

When designing a kitchen island, it’s important to think about functionality. Why are you investing in a kitchen island? What’s the main purpose?

Benefit #1: Adds More Storage Space

If you have inherited a smaller kitchen, you know the trouble associated with the lack of storage space. While storing those bigger pots and pans in your hall closet might work for now, a kitchen island can solve your problem.

Nowadays, kitchen islands can be designed with organizational drawers, pull out shelves, and cabinets. Think of it this way: your kitchen island is an extension of your current cabinet and storage situation, and you can be as creative with the storage space as possible.

Benefit #2: Gathering Spot for Kids

From the perfect spot to do homework to an area to help make dinner, kitchen islands will help to make your kids feel special while allowing you to keep a close eye on them. With kitchen islands, you can even include a cabinet filled with snacks so your kids can feel a sense of independence when reaching for that after school or weekend snack.

Benefit #3: Extra Seating for Parties

A kitchen island is a great place to act as an informal dining area. It will even give you more seating space when you host family gatherings and parties. Plus, creating a space for people to gather while you’re finishing some last minute meal prep will allow you to be productive and socialize at the same time. Keep this in mind: even if you have a smaller kitchen, the addition of 2 seats will greatly help when entertaining.

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Benefit #4: Place for Additional Kitchen Accessories

Is your top-of-the-line espresso maker sitting in a cupboard collecting dust due to lack of counter space? Do you wish you had a larger stove? You dreams can come true with a kitchen island. Try adding a preparation sink or grill and your island quickly becomes the center hub of cooking. Even adding in open shelves to one side of the island will allow you to display trinkets and other smaller kitchen accessories. Let your kitchen island be a creative expression of you.

Kitchen Island Ideas and Trends

With more counter space and storage options, the sky is truly the limit. Designers have seen everything from tiny islands to big islands to movable islands. There are even different shaped islands you could incorporate into your space, such as t-shaped or round.

But regardless of size and shape, it’s safe to say that the biggest kitchen island trend is to be bold. For example, if your kitchen is filled with beautiful cherry wood cabinets, you can make a splash with your kitchen island by incorporating custom-painted cabinets. Adding in an orange, teal, or even red can make your space a bit more modern without being too flashy.

Island surfaces are another way to customize a kitchen island. Designers believe that there will be an increase in two-surface countertops. For example, in one kitchen, a homeowner could have beautiful Corian® Quartz countertops on the perimeter and have with their island surfacing material made of Michigan Maple Butcher Block. The contrast between the sparkling, smooth quartz and the natural wood of butcher block will create a unique space. These two different surfacing materials also distinguish the food prep area from the seating area. You could even incorporate these two surfacing materials on the same island.

One trend that’s definitely out is using kitchen islands for large appliances such as a dishwasher or oven, as there’s a bigger advantage to having those appliances on the perimeter (aka better access to electricity and water lines). Incorporating kitchen sinks into islands is still on-trend, and designers think it will be for years to come. Another appliance often seen in islands is the microwave, especially one that pulls out from a cabinet drawer.

Material Options for Kitchen Islands

What are some of the best material options for a kitchen island?

For starters, we recommend to choose materials that will not only complement the rest of your kitchen but are best suited to your island’s purpose.

For example, if your island will mainly be used as food prep either Corian® Quartz or Michigan Maple Butcher Block would make a good choice as both are stain-resistant and durable. If your island will be used as an informal eating or gather area, Corian® Solid Surface with its seamless appearance and bold color palette might be the material that’s best suited.

For another example, let’s say that you’re using your kitchen island for additional storage. There are plenty of cabinet lines that offer creative storage and organizational solutions, such as Merillat Cabinetry and Kountry Wood Products. From lazy Susan’s to a spice pull out to wine racks, the possibilities for storage solutions are truly endless.

Merillat Cabinet Organization

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember the kitchen island’s purpose and use that as the framework to finding the perfect materials and organizational accessories.

Other Items to Know About Kitchen Islands

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, it’s important to make sure you have enough space before you start buying material. How much space do you actually need? It’s recommended to have at least 36 inches of clearance on each side. If your island will be used as a prep area for cooking, that minimum should be increased to at least 42 inches per side.

If you do have a big enough kitchen for an island, let’s briefly talk about the cost. While the cost will vary based on materials, features, plumbing, and electrical, Fixr indicates that a 24 sq. ft. kitchen island with a sink and quartz countertop would cost around $4,500. That price is just an estimate. For exact pricing, you would need to work with a contractor to determine material costs and installation costs. Even if the price is steeper than you originally thought, the benefits of kitchen islands is well worth the investment, and can greatly add more value to your home.

Final Thoughts

With the variety of storage and design options, it’s really no surprise why an island is still one of the most popular items homeowners add to their list when remodeling their kitchen. If you’re in the beginning stages of a kitchen remodel, please feel free to stop by our showroom to tour over 16 different displays featuring cabinets and surfacing materials. You can also meet with one of our designers who can give you plenty of kitchen island advice. The H.J. Oldenkamp Company is located at 4850 Coolidge Hwy., Royal Oak, MI 48073.

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Understanding the Background Of Cabinet Construction

High quality cabinets should not only look gorgeous, but they should also be functional and built with top strength and durability. Unfortunately, sometimes we see poor cabinet construction.

The good news is that this can easily be avoided. Below, we’ve highlighted a basic overview of kitchen cabinet construction along with explaining some key terms to understand so you can choose the best cabinets.

Basic Cabinet Styles

The way a cabinet is built is dependent upon the manufacturer; however, all cabinets come in two different designs: framed or frameless. The biggest difference between the two comes down to the face frame.

Framed vs. Frameless Cabinetry

Face-framed cabinets (also known as framed cabinets) include wood pieces around the front outer edge of the cabinet, which ‘frame’ it (hence the name).
The design functionality behind framed cabinets is that it helps the entire cabinet to remain square and sturdy. Framed cabinets also offer a more classic look and are typically seen in American households. You can; however, get some variety and uniqueness with door overlay (we’ll get to that later on in this post).

Due to the cabinet construction, the inside portion of the frame will extend past the inside edges of the box causing some blockage with the cabinet opening.

Frameless cabinetry is also known as full access simply due to the fact that frameless cabinets offer greater accessibility by completely eliminating the face frame. This style is very popular in Europe; however, we are seeing this trend emerge here in the United States.

In the frameless cabinet construction process, flat panels of engineered wood (usually either particle board, plywood, or medium density fiberboard) are precisely constructed using dowels and glue.

Frameless cabinetry offers these benefits over traditional framed cabinets.

  1. They have no center stile allowing for more room and storage.
  2. Due to more precise construction, frameless cabinets have a tighter fit with less gaps between doors and drawers.
  3. Usually the shelves are adjustable, so you can store that awkward sized box.
  4. They have a thicker box construction which increases the stability.
  5. Typically sizes include base cabinet manufacturing on 3-inch increments from 9-inches up to 48-inches.

 

frame vs. frameless cabinets

What Cabinet Design Should You Choose?

That answer is entirely up to you and what you’re looking to do with your space; however, we do have some quick tips for you:

Frameless Cabinetry

  • Sleeker look
  • Contemporary/European style
  • Provides full access to cabinet interior and drawers
  • Requires a more skilled installation

 

Framed Cabinetry

  • Traditional/American style
  • Face frame reinforces cabinet alignment
  • Easier to install

 

3 Common Cabinet Construction Elements & Methods

Similar to cabinet design styles, cabinet construction methods are left up to the manufacturer. In addition to knowing some key terms (which we’ve highlighted below), it’s important to know that cabinet construction can affect the level of quality, durability, and longevity of cabinets.

All About Overlays

Door overlay is defined as how much a cabinet door covers or overlaps the face frame. Cabinet doors can have three different overlays:

  1. Full Overlay refers to the doors and drawers covering the face frame entirely. Frameless cabinets typically come in full overlay. With a lower cost, full overlay cabinet doors provide the greatest amount of storage.
  2. Partial Overlay (Traditional) means the cabinet doors and drawers only partially cover the frame. This is the most common and least expensive option. Typically, the overlay will leave about 1 to 1 ¼-inch between doors and drawers.
  3. Full Inset is when cabinet doors and drawers are designed to fit within the face frame. On occasion, frameless lines will embody the full inset. This smooth and clean look will probably increase the cost of your cabinets and can, unfortunately, leave smaller storage spaces.

Other door details can include raised panel, which is when the center panel of the door is elevated. Recessed panel which is where the center panel is set in lower than the door frame.

Our designers also see slab door styles as being very popular. A slab door style is a solid, flat front door with no panel or face frame.

Dovetail Construction

This term has to do with joinery or how the various wood parts of a cabinet are joined together. While there are a few different methods, we often get asked about dovetail and why we recommend it.

Dovetail construction (or dovetail joints) is one of the strongest ways to join two boards together. Why? In incorporating dovetail, the ends of the two boards have v-shaped cutouts that fit in and correspond to the notches on the adjoining wood panel. They are interlocked together on right angles.

Dovetailo construction

Full vs. 3/4 Extension Drawers

We’ve been talking a lot about cabinets and doors, and now it’s time to give drawers some love.

When designing a new kitchen or remodeling an existing one, it’s important to think about functionality. This comes down to drawer details, specifically deciding on how far you want the drawers to extend out.

With a full drawer extension, you’ll be able to open drawers the full length of the slide. This allows for greater access, especially if you’re using this drawer to hold smaller items.

¾-drawer extension means the drawer slide will only come out three-quarters of the entire length, leaving part of the drawer in the cabinet. While it doesn’t provide as much access, it is a good economical option.

Cabinet Installation

To ensure that cabinets are properly installed, strong, durable, and will last for years, buying fully assembled cabinets that are assembled at the factory is the best route to go. In doing so, these cabinets will be built with industrial techniques that increases the strength of them. When shipped from the factory, the cabinet is a full unit with doors and drawers intact, and will be ready to install as soon as it arrives.

However, there is an alternative: ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets.

What are Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) Cabinets?

RTA cabinets have many benefits including:

  • All plywood construction
  • Nice finish and polished door profiles
  • Simple offering

If you do choose to go the RTA route, there are some items that you should know before ordering:

  • They are imported from overseas
  • Assembly is required, with an average assembly time of 20 minutes per cabinet
  • Replacement parts can be hard to order
  • If inventory is low, your order could take months to ship
  • Usually you have to pre-pay before they ship

Typical Cabinet Construction Sizes

In addition to the basic design elements of kitchen cabinet construction and installation, the other components to understand are the “building blocks”, or main components of cabinets.

Base Cabinets

These types of cabinets are mounted on the floor and help to support the countertops. Base cabinets usually come standard with a 24-inch depth.

A great example of using base cabinets in a unique and custom way is to incorporate them into a kitchen island.

kitchen island cabinets

Wall Cabinets

Like the name implies, wall cabinets are mounted directly to the wall and have no connection to the floor. These cabinets are usually located above countertops and ovens. The standard depth of wall cabinets are 12-inches. There is the possibility of a 24-inch depth but that applies to select appliance cabinetry only.

Vanity Cabinets

On a basic level, vanity (also known as tall or pantry) cabinets are tall versions of base cabinets. Vanity cabinets stand on the floor and can either be free-standing or connected to a wall or base cabinet. A typical vanity-sized cabinet either has a depth of 18-inches or 21-inches.

For all three cabinet types, the widths start at 9-inches and will max out at 60-inches. Of course, all typical cabinet sizes will vary by the cabinet manufacturer and SKU. We ask that you work with your contractor or builder to ensure that the right cabinet and size is ordered.

Making Your Cabinets Look Beautiful: The Finishing Process

The final stage in the cabinet construction process is finishing. Getting the desired look and feel of your cabinets depends upon the type of finish, wood type, and the cabinet maker’s capabilities. Fortunately, a lot of cabinet assembly plants have modern day technology which allows for a variety of finishes to be applied to cabinets.

Paint

One of the biggest trends right now for both kitchen and bathroom cabinets is paint. Why? Paint allows you to have a limitless color pallet. You also won’t be limited to the earth tones that you often see with common wood stains. For example, you can see how this kitchen incorporated yellow paint.

painted cabinets

Stain

Stains are a beautiful option if you love the natural look of wood. With a wood stain, a topical color treatment is applied. While it stains the outer layer of the wood, it will also bring out the natural grain pattern.

stain cabinets

Glaze

Contrary to stain, a glaze allows the surface detail to shine. Typically, a glaze is a pigmented coating that’s applied overtop a paint or stain. It’s often used to enhance the look of cabinets. This is a more manual process than other cabinet finishing types simply because the glaze is hand wiped off.

In reality, these are just a few finish options to choose from. We recommend that you work with your builder, distributor, or cabinet company directly to see the variety of finish options offered in your door style.

Partnering With The Best

Here at H.J. Oldenkamp, we are proud to offer the nation’s most popular cabinet lines which include:
Merillat: Masterpiece & Classic
Mid Continent Cabinetry
Vista Cabinetry
Fabuwood
QualityCabinets & Woodstar
Kountry Wood Products

From our semi-custom cabinetry to value series, we offer a cabinet line that will fit your needs and budget. Plus, most of our cabinet lines offer a variety of door styles, accessories, and storage options – everything you need to create your dream space.

If you have any questions about cabinet construction or our cabinet lines, please feel free to call our team today at 800-462-6047 and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

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