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Should You Reface or Replace Your Cabinets? Take This Quiz to Find Out

by Jessica Santina

Although replacing your kitchen cabinets can be considerably more expensive than refacing them, cost shouldn't be your only consideration when it's time for an update. If your cabinets aren't working for you, a mere face lift may not fix the problem.

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Deciding whether to reface or replace depends on your budget, your lifestyle, and the way your cabinets are used.

Should You Reface or Replace Your Cabinets?

Select the option that best describes your answer:

1. Are your existing cabinets functioning as you think they should?

a) Yes, I use them pretty much as I would want to.

b) No, I often lose items in my cabinets, or they are awkwardly shaped.

2. If you could improve the functionality of your cabinets, do you think it could be done easily?

a) Yes, replacing hardware, doors, or shelves would be enough.

b) No, the size and shape of the cabinets themselves is a problem.

3. Does the placement of your cabinets work?

a) Yes, my cabinets take best advantage of the space, and no drawers are blocked.

b) No, my cabinets block traffic, or I lack counter space.

4. Are your cabinets made of solid wood construction?

a) Yes.

b) No, my cabinets are made of particle board or are otherwise not sturdy.

5. Are you doing this for yourself, or to improve your home's resale value?

a) I want to make my home more appealing to buyers.

b) I plan to stay in my home and want to improve the room's functionality.

If you answered all or mostly A, refacing your cabinets is probably the way to go. But if your answers were all or mostly B, it's probably worth spending the extra money to replace your kitchen cabinets altogether.

About the Author

Jessica Santina is a freelance writer and editor with 11 years' experience in media, marketing, and publishing, and 8 years' experience as a college writing instructor.

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