How to buy cabinets
A cabinet buying guide
Learning the basics of how to buy cabinets is easy with a little information and forethought. By considering where the cabinets will go, the types of storage you need, the cabinet materials and special cabinet design features, you can easily determine which cabinet styles are right for you.
>> Consider where the cabinets will go
The first thing to think about when determining how to buy cabinets is the space you have available. This might be easy to determine if you have a very large office or another space in your home or business, since there will be multiple locations where they could go, and your room can probably handle multiple cabinet sizes and cabinet designs. If you're more limited on space, then you'll need to carefully measure the area in which the cabinets will go. Keep in mind that many storage cabinets can be mounted to the walls to save on floor space. For instance, cabinets used in laundry areas are often mountable.
Another factor to keep in mind as you learn how to buy cabinets is the environment where you'll put the cabinets. There are a wide range of office filing cabinets and bookcase cabinets, so you're sure to find cabinet designs that will fit in either decor.
>> Consider what the cabinet will be used for
When determining how to buy cabinets that will work for you, it's also a good idea to list each type of item you'll be using the cabinets for. This will help you choose options that have special features designed specifically for those items. One of the most common cabinet uses is storing documents, and file cabinets are ideal for this purpose, as they usually have rails on which to hang folders that keep related documents together. Other cabinets, such as rolling/wheeled file cabinets, are useful for offices in which working space is either shared or reconfigured often or for other environments where documents need to be moved from room to room.
You can also find cabinet designs that work help organize school paperwork, hobby supplies and household activities and maintenance. For instance, scrapbooking materials, books or cleaning supplies can all be stored in cabinets designed for these purposes.
There are also specialized items, such as printer cabinets, that house specific equipment or tools. Other cabinets are more versatile and can be used for added storage in most rooms of a home, making them suitable for toy storage, clothes or linens.
>> Consider file cabinet materials
As you research how to buy cabinets, also consider what materials you would like the cabinets to be constructed from. For instance, some materials or finishes will work better with a particular decor than others. You might also consider one material over another for durability. Here are the most commonly used cabinet materials:
- Metal: Metal cabinets are usually steel with a painted finish. Metal cabinets are generally affordable and durable enough to last for years.
- Wood: Wood filing cabinets (or wood-look-laminate cabinets) are common in home office environments and frequently seen in executive offices.
- Plastic: Sometimes cabinets also come in plastic. These are often used for storage in closets, garages and other out-of-the-way areas.
>> Consider additional features
Aside from cabinet sizes, functions and materials, take into account extra features as you decide which cabinets to buy.
Decor: you might want to choose cabinet designs that go well with your existing furniture style. Sometimes, a line of furnishings will feature complementary desks, chairs, shelves and cabinets that coordinate to give an office a unified look.
Lock cabinets: If you're keeping important files and folders stored in cabinets, then cabinets with built-in locks are a must. This feature is especially useful where the cabinets will be in an environment where unfamiliar people come and go.
Wheels: Rolling file cabinets are also a good option for offices in which working space is either shared or reconfigured often or for other environments where documents need to be moved from room to room. They also work well if you need storage for a very small home office that has no room for cabinets. Just keep the cabinets in another room and roll them in as needed.
Integrated file cabinet and furniture: Some desks and other furniture items have cabinets built in. This is useful for homes with limited space.
Now that you have a better idea of how to buy cabinets, it will be easy to choose cabinet designs that meet your needs. The most important things are finding something that will coordinate with your home, provide the storage you need and hold up over time.