Because of the structure of the kitchen, or in order to create a kitchen that suits your preferences, many people will choose custom kitchen cabinets when decorating the kitchen.
What are the advantages of custom kitchen cabinets and overall kitchen cabinets? How to custom kitchen cabinets?
What is the process of customizing kitchen cabinets? What should be careful in the process of customizing the kitchen cabinet? What can I do to save more money?
Custom kitchen cabinet introduction
What is standard customization?
Standard customization refers to the customization of kitchen cabinets under the factory-specified specifications.
Standard custom kitchen cabinets promote functional customization. The purpose is to make the functions of the kitchen cabinets conform to our daily living habits, rather than simple appearance customization.
The standard custom kitchen cabinets have many standard modules of predetermined sizes to meet different sizes of spaces. The internal structure of the cabinet can be customized freely.
What is non-standard customization?
Non-standard customization refers to the customization of all sizes other than the factory standard modules.
Non-standard customization pays more attention to appearance customization. The established modular standard parts can be mass-produced.
Non-standard parts need to invest more manpower and material resources in the production process, and because their individuality is too prominent, they cannot be mass-produced.
Therefore, the price of “non-standard” customization will be slightly higher than that of “standard” customization.
Introduction to the whole cabinet
Definition of whole kitchen cabinet: Also known as “integrated kitchen”, the kitchen cabinet, electrical appliances, gas appliances, and kitchen functions are integrated into a kitchen cabinet combination with complete functions.
All kinds of equipment and professional work such as construction, water supply, and drainage, ventilation, gas, electrical, and other professional pipelines are connected and summarized.
According to the consumer’s kitchen layout and family members’ individual needs, through the overall design and construction, form the final set of complete kitchen cabinet products.
Integral cabinets combine a series of functions according to human cooking habits and programs so that the functions of washing, cutting, burning, and storing can be completed in a series of integral cabinet systems, basically reaching a scientific and integrated level.
The cabinet system includes floor cabinets, wall cabinets, countertops and sinks, hardware accessories, and other kitchen furniture that can place cooking utensils such as pots, bowls, scoops, and basins.
Customized kitchen cabinet process
1. Sign an order
When fully understand the market, have a clear understanding of the product quality, service, strength, and style of each kitchen cabinet manufacturer.
After the manufacturer is determined, an order must be signed and a deposit must be paid in advance. This deposit will be returned after signing the contract.
2. Appointment measurement
After signing the order, the customer can request the measurement designer to come for measurement. Because designing a kitchen is a professional job, finding an experienced designer can do more with less.
3. Design the kitchen
It is necessary for customers, measurement designers, and construction personnel of home improvement companies to plan the kitchen layout and determine the location of waterways, circuits, and electrical appliances. The designer should give the waterway and circuit diagrams and meet the construction standards.
4. Secondary measurement
When the waterway, circuit, and wall and floor tiles are all in place, the accurate measurement can ensure that the whole kitchen is tightly closed.
5. Design kitchen cabinet
At this time, the industry mainly checks the dimensions marked on the design drawings to ensure that the dimensions are free of errors. Pay attention to whether the design meets the ergonomics and actual needs of the cook.
6. Kitchen cabinet pricing
After the design drawing is determined, it will proceed to the valuation part of the entire kitchen cabinet, which is also the most vulnerable link.
7. Sign a contract
After the design plan is determined, a supply contract must be signed, and consumers should carefully analyze the terms of the contract.
8. Delivery installation
The delivery and installation of kitchen cabinets are generally free of charge. Before delivery, manufacturers make appointments with customers in advance according to the time agreed in the contract.
9. Acceptance inspection
Carry out a comprehensive inspection of the entire set of kitchen cabinets, and the electrical appliances are checked and accepted according to the manufacturer’s commitment and relevant national standards. You must pay the balance if you pass the inspection.
10. After-sales service
The kitchen is a comprehensive space integrating water, electricity, and gas. After-sales service is very important.
When signing the contract, it is best to clearly specify the warranty time promised by the manufacturer and the time limit for responding to customer problems in the contract.
Precautions for kitchen cabinet customization
Understanding the precautions for custom-made kitchen cabinets has many benefits for us. When we make custom-made kitchen cabinets, we don’t know where to start, and we can avoid the fooling of merchants. Maybe we can save a lot of money.
Then let’s take a look at the precautions for custom kitchen cabinets.
1. Material problem
The most popular kitchen cabinet materials on the market today include lacquered, stainless steel, solid wood, marble, quartz stone and so on. This material includes plates, door panels, and countertops.
2. Choose a business
Choose a business to choose a reputable business. It is best to choose some businesses that have been introduced to your friends nearby so that problems can be resolved in time.
3. Process issues
The design drawings should be verified, especially the size. The signing of the contract is to specify the details of the requirements, especially the materials and costs. Look more during the installation process (this is the point).
4. After-sales issues
Remember to ask the merchant for a credit card when installing, try it out first. There is also to ask if there are any irregular after-sales services, such as polishing and other issues.
Because of the different kitchen structures, most people choose custom kitchen cabinets during kitchen decoration. So in the process of customizing kitchen cabinets, what do we need to know to make the custom kitchen cabinets satisfactory?
Below, I will introduce you to the top ten problems of custom kitchen cabinets.
1. The thickness of cabinet plate
At present, there are 16 mm, 18 mm and other thickness plates on the market, and the cost of 18 mm thick plates is 7% higher than that of 16 mm thick plates.
The service life of the kitchen cabinet made of 18 mm thick plate can be extended more than double, to ensure that the door panel is not deformed, and the countertop is not cracked.
2. Whether it is an independent cabinet
The whole set of connected kitchen cabinets will affect the fastness. The service life and stability of the two differ by 2-3 times, and the cost differs by 5%.
Consumers can be identified by packaging and installed cabinets. If separate cabinets are assembled in a single cabinet, each cabinet should have an independent package.
3. Assembly method
Generally, small factories or hand-made on-site can only be connected by screw rivets or glue.
Regular merchants adopt the latest third-generation box bar tenon structure plus fixing parts and quick-install parts, which can more effectively ensure the firmness and bearing capacity of the box body, and use less adhesive, which is more environmentally friendly.
4. Whether the back panel is single-sided or double-sided
In order to save costs, some manufacturers cut corners and cut the back panel by only one side, and the invisible side is exposed.
The backplate with one-side sealing is prone to moisture and mildew, and it is also easy to release formaldehyde, causing pollution, so it must be sealed on both sides.
5. Mute edge banding
The cabinet body with mute edge banding can relieve the impact force when the cabinet door is closed, eliminate the noise, and prevent the entrance of cockroaches and other insects.
There is a difference of 3% in the cost of the anti-cock banding.
6. Installation method of aluminum foil for cleaning tank
Is it pressed once or pasted with glue during installation? The sealing performance of one-time pressing is more intact, water and moisture are not easy to penetrate, more effectively protect the cabinet, and extend the service life of the kitchen cabinet.
7. Composition of artificial stone
The materials suitable for kitchen countertops include fireproof board, artificial stone, natural marble, granite, stainless steel, etc.
Among them, artificial stone countertops have the best performance-price ratio. The cheap countertop calcium carbonate is high in ingredients and easy to crack.
8. Whether the artificial stone is dust-free (less dust) installation
If the kitchen cabinet manufacturer you choose is polished with dust, you must choose to install the countertop before the floor and paint enter the field, otherwise, you will have to spend money on secondary cleaning.
9. Can the test report be provided?
The kitchen cabinet is also a furniture product, and the country has a clear provision to issue a finished product test report and express the formaldehyde content.
Some manufacturers can only provide raw material inspection reports, but the environmental protection of raw materials does not equal the environmental protection of finished products.
Only qualified products can prove that their products are qualified.
10. Warranty period
Don’t only care about the price and style of the product, whether it can provide high-quality after-sales service is the performance of the manufacturer’s strength.
For example, the warranty period is one year for some manufacturers, some for two years, and some for five years.
Environmental protection and safety of custom kitchen cabinets
Healthy and environmentally friendly home improvement is the home improvement that more and more people are looking for, especially the environmental protection performance of kitchen cabinets is everyone’s most concerned, but consumers will always go into a misunderstanding when buying kitchen cabinets.
It is sufficient to think that the kitchen cabinet’s plate reaches the environmental protection index, but in fact, it is not the case.
Here are five hidden problems in environmental protection and safety.
1. Chemical pollution becomes an invisible killer
In addition to formaldehyde, harmful substances such as benzene and radon may also be present in the kitchen cabinet.
In addition to the panel, the cabinet board and the adhesive need to be processed to ensure that the content of harmful substances does not exceed the standard.
2. Physical damage is unpredictable
Kitchen cabinets with poor materials and workmanship may have burrs, sharp corners, quick mouths, etc. in the details, which can easily cause physical harm to people, especially children.
Handling food directly on the kitchen cabinet may cause accidental consumption of impurities and debris.
3. Gorgeous design but not energy saving
The single large sink is more water-efficient than the currently popular double sink. Because the large water tank needs to store more water, and the double water tank can be dipped and washed separately, which can use water more reasonably. (Lamps, sockets, etc. are all considered directions)
4. Pollution caused by intractable garbage
The kitchen has always been regarded as a “manufacturing workshop” of garbage. Dirty floors and clogged sinks have become commonplace.
Using kitchen cabinets to clean up the remaining garbage improperly tends to breed bacteria, and it will also attract four harms.
5. Installation ignores water and electricity safety
A kitchen cabinet is a place where water, electricity, and gas gathering. The overflow in the sink should be set reasonably; electrical appliances, wires, and plugs should avoid electric leakage; gas valves, flameout protection, etc.
Although these do not directly belong to the kitchen cabinet, they are integrated with the design and installation of the kitchen cabinet.
Therefore, when installing the kitchen cabinet, it must be considered together.