Top Indications for Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

Top Indications for Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets can last a long time with hardly any maintenance, and this is a good thing. Replacing kitchen cabinets involves quite a bit of change, so it is understandable why homeowners may not want to do it unless they really have to.
The thing is, kitchen cabinets do not have to on the verge of falling apart before you should replace them. Kitchen cabinets are primarily a functional feature of your kitchen, but they are also a highly visible one. Old, outdated, or otherwise undesirable kitchen cabinets have a major impact on the look and feel of your kitchen, so you want to make sure they are a credit to you as a homeowner.
Before you plan any type of improvements to your kitchen, look over your kitchen cabinets first. If you need to replace them, then that should be your priority. Here are top indications for replacing kitchen cabinets.

1. Moisture damage

Moisture exposure is a real danger for wood-based kitchen cabinets. The moisture can come from steam from cooking food, the ambient air, or water splashing up or down near the kitchen sink. Because the kitchen is always rather humid, some type of water damage is always a possibility, especially if they are old or not installed properly. For base cabinets, leaky pipes are also a problem. If your cabinets show signs of water damage, the end is near. Here are some indications of water damage:

• Warping, which prevents doors from closing

• Bubbles on the surface

• Signs of peeling

• Bulging areas

• Color changes, especially apparent with a stained finish

You might be able to replace just the damaged areas if you catch it early enough, or do some repairs to address the problem. However, if the damage affects two or more of your cabinets, it may be necessary to replace the whole thing.

2. Mold gardens

Hand in hand with water exposure and dark corners are molds that can proliferate quite quickly before you are even aware you have a problem. Molds are not only unsightly; some can be a health hazard.

Molds are fatally easy to grow if you do not regularly clean all your cabinets and your kitchen is constantly humid. Molds can damage cabinets because they have roots that permeate into the material, compromising its integrity. If you have a mold forest growing in your cabinets, you might want to think about replacing them as soon as possible. Once you do, make it a habit to turn your cabinets out on a regular basis to avoid it happening again.

3. Quality issues

If you have the misfortune of having installed cabinets that are poorly built or used subpar materials, you are most likely to need replacements sooner than you expect. Low quality cabinets are dangerous in the kitchen because they can give way unexpectedly, especially under heavy weights.
You can tell when a cabinet is likely to collapse if you take the trouble to check. Put some pressure on the surface, and you can feel it give a little. If your cabinets feel soft, don’t wait to replace them. The best-case scenario is you avoid Armageddon in your kitchen when it upends everything in them at any time. The worse case one is it falls on someone and cause injury to a family member or a guest.

4. Storage capacity

Sometimes, you just need to have more storage space. If you have been in the home for a number of years, chances are the storage you started with is not going to be enough. In the best of all worlds, you would get rid of stuff you don’t use every time you acquire new stuff. Realistically, though, most people do not do that.

If you find yourself distributing your kitchen stuff to other parts of the home, you clearly have a capacity problem. The only solution is to add to your existing cabinets and drawers. That may not be as easy as it seems, particularly when your cabinets are quite old. You may not be able to find new cabinets that will match your old ones. You can reface the old ones to update them, but that is a long and expensive process. You might find it more cost-effective to replace the whole thing with new, more space-efficient lines.

5. Appearance

Kitchen cabinets take up a lot of real estate in your kitchen as mentioned earlier, so you really cannot afford to “make do” with ugly cabinets just because they are in good condition. You might be able to salvage them by replacing just the doors or refacing them, but that may cost more than you think. Face the situation, replace them altogether with new, stylish ones, and have done with it. You will be glad when you do, especially if you are planning to sell your home anytime soon.

6. Layout

If you have a small kitchen and your cabinet placement is not efficient, you may have to replace them. Too high, too low, or awkwardly placed are all features of a poor layout. Storage space is a premium, so you cannot really afford to keep them in place. Unfortunately, most cabinets do not take kindly to relocation, and the labor costs may be prohibitive.
Getting all new cabinets according to space efficient layout can make a big difference to the way your kitchen works and feels. If you are like most homeowners that spend a lot of time in the kitchen, the investment is well worth it.


You need to pay more attention to your kitchen cabinets as they play a crucial role in the way your kitchen functions. Take note of these top indications that you should replace them and you will be glad you did.

Assuming you are ready to make the switch, the next step is to choose a reliable remodeling contractor to source and install your new kitchen cabinets for you. Fairfax Kitchen Bath is a reputable remodeling company that can help you with free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen remodeling project.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top-quality products for all your kitchen remodeling needs, from top-brand kitchen cabinets of all type materials to natural and engineered stone slabs. We carry products from Schrock Cabinetry, Fabuwood, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.
Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen remodeling project. We guarantee you will love your new kitchen for life.

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Sam Kazanci is the owner of Fairfax Kitchen Bath Remodeling. He has experience to build and remodel the kitchen and baths with his team and the author of fkb blog: You can find Sam on LinkedIn and Twitter.