3 Expert Tips To Choose Cabinets And Chests

Cabinets and chests are not only great options for storing your belongings but are also an easy way to spice up your home. They are incredibly versatile, with a wide range of styles, shapes, and features to choose from. 

However, having so many choices can be a bit overwhelming, so we've compiled some expert tips to help you choose the perfect cabinets or chest for your home!

What type of cabinet should I purchase?

This should be the first thing you consider before buying a cabinet or chest. You'll need to know exactly what function you want it to fulfill within your home, and where you'll want it to stand. 

Prefer to keep it simple? => Chest of drawers

A chest of drawers is the perfect option if you have quite a lot of items you want to put away, and don't mind them being hidden from view.

It can fit practically into any place in the home, whether that's the living room, a hallway, a bedroom, or even a bathroom.

This option is very versatile as you'll have a huge range of colors and finishes to choose from - you'll be able to find anything from natural wood to bright pink and glossy!

A chest of drawers is usually the cheapest storage option you can find.

Antique Silver Drawer Mirrored Accent Chest
Antique White Drawer Accent Chest
Brown Solid Manufactured Wood Drawer Accent Chest
Navy Solid Wood Drawer Accent Chest
Brown Metal Solid Wood Drawer Chest
White Metal Solid Manufactured Wood Drawer Accent Chest
Green Solid Wood Drawer Accent Chest
Brown Metal Manufactured Wood Drawer Accent Chest

Love displaying your items? => Display cabinet

Display cabinets usually have glass panes in their doors to allow you to see what's inside.

These are very popular among collectors of various items ranging from vinyl figurines to old books.

They can also sometimes be found in kitchens or dining areas, displaying vast collections of plates and bowls.

Display cabinets are quite tall and large, so you'll need to make sure there's enough space for them in your home.

This option can get very expensive, especially if you prefer real wood over plywood, so keep that in mind if you have a tighter budget.

Natural Acacia Lighted Display Stand
Black Wood Console Display Stand
Gray Wash Solid Manufactured Wood Display Stand
Antique White Manufactured Wood Glass Display Stand
Rubbed Linen White Solid Wood Display Stand
Cream Solid Wood Display Stand
Beige Solid Wood Lighted Display Stand
Chocolate Oak Lighted Display Stand

Need something multifunctional? => TV cabinet

As you can tell by the name, TV cabinets act both as storage units and as TV stands, which can be very handy if you have limited floor space.

TV cabinets can sometimes have removable back panels, which can help you store TV cables out of sight without having to disconnect them.

Not all cabinets will be sturdy enough to sustain the weight of a TV, so make sure you purchase one made specifically for this purpose, or out of a strong material like real wood.

It can sometimes be cheaper to buy a sturdier cabinet that isn't specifically listed as a TV cabinet, so pay attention to that if you're on a tight budget.

Old Wood White TV Stand Cabinet
Gray Oak Manufactured Wood TV Stand Cabinet
Reclaimed Barnwood Manufactured Wood TV Stand Cabinet
Dark Walnut Manufactured Wood TV Stand Cabinet
Walnut Solid Wood TV Stand Cabinet
White Manufactured Wood TV Stand Cabinet
Slate Gray Manufactured Wood TV Stand Cabinet
Birch Manufactured Wood TV Stand Cabinet

What style of cabinet should I choose?

This is a crucial step in choosing a cabinet for your home. While you may want the cabinet to be a bit of a statement piece, you don't want it to be a completely random choice as it may clash with other pieces of furniture. Below are some of the more popular styles that will be available to you -- make sure to pick wisely!

Like to keep it simple? => Scandinavian style

The Scandinavian style is all about straight, vertical and horizontal lines to create a clean look.

These cabinets have zero ornamentation as their focus is on practicality rather than fashion, although they do come in a huge range of colors.

Many people have become familiar with this style because of the brand Ikea, which specializes in this style of furniture.

This is one of the cheapest options for cabinets, though that is because they're usually made out of particleboard or plywood rather than real wood.

White Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Cabinet
Gloss White Solid Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Chest
Solid Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Chest
Ash Brown Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Door Cabinet
Gray Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Chest
Light Oak Solid Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Server
Walnut Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Server
White Solid Manufactured Wood Scandinavian Cabinet

Want an air of elegance and sophistication? => French provincial style

Also known as vintage style, this is the most expensive style of cabinets and chests, and rightly so!

Cabinets made in the French provincial style are always made from real, sturdy wood with metal and glass accents.

They come in a range of colors, from natural dark wood to painted white with gold detailing.

These cabinets can last several lifetimes as they're incredibly sturdy, and often get passed down through generations.

Weathered White Solid Manufactured Wood French Country Cabinet
Solid Manufactured Wood French Country Chest
White Solid Manufactured Wood Vintage Chest
Light Green Solid Manufactured Wood Vintage Chest
Multi Walnut Solid Manufactured Wood Vintage Cabinet
Cream Manufactured Wood Vintage Chest
Walnut Solid Manufactured Wood Vintage Cabinet
Distressed Blue Solid Manufactured Wood Vintage Chest

Enjoy a cozy, cottage-like atmosphere? => Rustic style

Cabinets made in a rustic style are deliberately left slightly unfinished or made to look worn down.

This is because this style is centered around trying to display the materials used in their most natural state.

These cabinets are usually a natural wood color but may have chipped white, gray, or green paint.

Just like vintage style cabinets, rustic cabinets are made to last several lifetimes as they're made from real, unprocessed wood.

Washed Gray Solid Wood Rustic Cabinet
Scrimshaw Solid Manufactured Wood Rustic Cabinet
Brown Solid Manufactured Wood Rustic Cabinet
Brown Solid Wood Rustic Cabinet
Black Mahogany Solid Wood Rustic Chest
Ash Solid Manufactured Wood Rustic Cabinet
Mango Solid Wood Rustic Cabinet
Gray Manufactured Wood Rustic Cabinet

What material should my cabinet be made out of?

Many people don't give much thought to the material of their cabinet; they just assume it'll be sturdy enough to last however long they need it. While that usually is the case, it's still quite important to be aware of what you're buying so that you're not faced with a nasty surprise when you're forced to replace your cabinets after just 2 years.

Need your cabinet to last for years? => Solid wood

Most people will agree that solid wood is the superior cabinet material as it's sturdy and very durable.

Most of the more popular styles of cabinets prefer to use solid wood, although that can make them quite expensive.

If you're looking for something that will be a worthwhile, long-term investment, definitely choose a solid wood cabinet.

Brown Solid Wood Drawer Cabinet
Brown Acacia Solid Wood Cabinet
Light Walnut Solid Wood Cabinet
Weathered White Solid Wood Cabinet
Taupe Oak Solid Wood Chest
Lilac Gray White Solid Wood Cabinet
Nature Pine Solid Wood Cabinet
White Mango Solid Wood Chest

Just want something cheap? => Particleboard

Particleboard is an engineered wood alternative, made from wood particles and chips that are held together by an adhesive.

It is the cheapest option for cabinets, mostly because it's quite fragile.

Although not recommended for the longer term, particleboard cabinets are great if you need something temporary.

Gray Manufactured Wood Particleboard Cabinet
Antique White Solid Wood Particleboard Cabinet
Walnut Manufactured Wood Particleboard Cabinet
White Solid Manufactured Wood Particleboard Cabinet
White Manufactured Wood Particleboard Chest
Light Oak Solid Wood Particleboard Chest
Black Manufactured Wood Particleboard Cabinet
White Aquaseal Wood Particleboard Chest

Want a compromise on price and quality? => Plywood

Plywood is the perfect middle ground of cabinet materials - it's relatively cheap and can last a few years if taken care of properly.

It's great for first time buyers who may not have a set aesthetic in mind as it's easily replaceable and won't break the bank.

Egg Blue Solid Manufactured Wood Plywood Cabinet
Antique White Solid Manufactured Wood Plywood Cabinet
Whitewashed Manufactured Wood Plywood Cabinet
Natural Solid Manufactured Wood Plywood Chest
Blue Solid Manufactured Wood Plywood Cabinet
Gray Washed Solid Wood Plywood Chest
Silver Manufactured Wood Plywood Cabinet
Dark Honey Manufactured Wood Plywood Cabinet

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