Americans Are Turning Away From Traditional Oak Cabinets

When going out and writing estimates for clients or potential clients, I get asked all the time about two things.

Should I get my countertops done before you refinish or reface the cabinets?

The simple answer to the countertop question is that whoever can fit your schedule to install because it does not matter who goes first. The countertop professionals are extremely careful when removing and installing a countertop not to damage the cabinets in any way. Equally, the craftsmen at Chattanooga Cabinets take pride in our preparation process. We are meticulous about covering everything from floors, walls, appliances and countertops. So if you can get your countertops installed first and it fits your schedule then go ahead and get it done.

Are Oak Cabinets still in fashion?

The answer to the second question actually came from two online surveys by MasterBrand Cabinets, the largest cabinet manufacturer in North America.

According to the surveys, traditional materials and in particular Oak are losing favor with consumers. MasterBrand surveyed 2,343 individuals in 2007 to 2008 and 5,641 individuals in 2011 to 2012 on how much they spent on cabinet materials and finishes.

Oak Cabinets make up 28% of total dollars spent a decline of 20% over the past five years. In contrast, woods like Alder, Pecan, Pine and Walnut grew 44% in total dollars spent over that same period.
According to the surveys, consumers are also experimenting with bolder colors. Painted and dark-colored finishes both gained more than 40% in dollar share in the past five years.

We at Chattanooga Cabinets see this exact trend to painted cabinets happening every day. In 9 out of 10 homes with Oak cabinets we are asked to paint the cabinets. Not only do the cabinet’s look and feel brand new but it allows the client to do more updates to their kitchen. For example replace their exposed hinges for concealed soft close hinges or even build additional cabinets for a total makeover for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. This is the best cost alternative to increasing the value of your home.