Are your kitchen cabinets looking a little dated? Maybe your cabinets have seen better days, and no matter how hard you clean them, they look dirty and worn.

If you're no longer happy with your kitchen, the problem could lie with your cabinets. A new set of cabinets can completely change the look of the room.

Still not sure that it's time to make the change? Here are seven signs you need a kitchen cabinet replacement.

1. Scratches and Dents

Damage, such as noticeable scratches, dents, or cracks, drastically affects the look of your kitchen cabinets. Cabinets covered in flaws are not only an eyesore, but they reflect poorly on your home too.

Water damage is another common concern. If the wood feels soft or squishy, that's a red flag. It means the wood has been damaged and isn't structurally sound anymore.

If the flaws are only surface deep, you may be able to resurface them. However, noticeable damage such as water damage, chips, or deep gouges can't be repaired. You're better off replacing your cabinets.

2. Your Cabinets Look Dated

Certain styles come and go, and if your kitchen screams "80s cabinets," it's time to let them go. They're only affecting the look and value of your home.

If you're planning a kitchen renovation soon, this is the perfect time to swap out the old cabinets and replace them with something more modern.

Of course, it's important that you're happy with your kitchen design as you'll be the one living there. That's why you can follow some of the latest kitchen trends, but you don't have to!

Choose designs and styles that work for you and your home.

3. The Cabinets Don't Match Your House

Adding to the last point, if your kitchen cabinets don't match the look and feel of the rest of your house, it's time to replace them. Perhaps you've recently remodeled the living room and dining room or put down new flooring. Old cabinets can stick out like a sore thumb in these instances.

This can really detract from the aesthetic of your house. Thankfully, replacing or upgrading the cabinets should make your house flow again.

Not sure which style to go with? White cabinets are a classic style that looks great in any home. They also help to brighten up a room and can benefit smaller kitchens by bouncing the light around.

4. Your Cabinets Always Look Dirty

Cleaning your kitchen cabinets helps them to look their best, but there may come a time cleaning alone doesn't cut it. Whether it's fading paint or damaged wood, no amount of cleaning and polishing can bring these cabinets back to their former glory.

Age and general use wear cabinets down. Depending on the quality of your cabinets, they may have reached the end of their lifespan. If you can't stand the look of your cabinets anymore, that's a sure sign you need new ones.

5. Doors Won't Close or Open Correctly

Do you have cabinets that won't close or open?

There's nothing quite as frustrating as doors that won't open or close properly. If one of your cabinet doors sticks, doesn't stay closed or looks crooked, it's a sign it's time for new kitchen cabinets.

What causes cabinets to become misaligned?

The most common reason is age. As cabinets age and with repeated use, they can warp. This can cause them to stick, create gaps, or hang crookedly. Unfortunately, replacing the doors alone isn't enough, so you'll have to replace the entire cabinet.

6. You Don't Like the Layout

A kitchen layout plays a huge part in how efficiently your kitchen works. Unfortunately, cheap or incorrectly installed cabinets can create problems.

For instance, you might have cabinets that won't open at the same time or crash into one another. Similarly, you want cabinet doors and drawers to open without banging into other doors or appliances.

Maybe you simply don't have enough space to store your cookware, kitchen utensils, and dishes. Disorganized kitchens make cooking and prepping meals a headache.

In this case, you might need a better layout and a design with more storage options.

Maybe you need taller cabinets that can hold more. What about a Lazy Susan insert? Rotating shelves make it easy to find what you need in the kitchen.

Perhaps you want a cabinet to hide the microwave or trash can or a spice drawer. These are all possible upgrades that can enhance the look and feel of your kitchen.

7. You Don't Like the Color

Maybe you moved into an older home, and you don't like the look of the kitchen. Whether the cabinets are dated or if the previous owner painted them a color you don't like, you don't have to settle.

If you don't like the wood used or the color of the cabinets, there are plenty of options on the market to choose from. Here are a few different choices you can consider:

  • Framed or frameless cabinets
  • Wood type (cherry, walnut, etc.)
  • Color (white, gray, espresso, etc.)
  • Traditional wood or color cabinets
  • Cabinet style (shaker, flat panel, inset, distressed, etc.)
  • Custom designs
  • Glass
  • Open shelving

As you're considering your options, think about how well the look of the cabinets will match the other aspects of your kitchen design. For example, you'll want to choose a style that goes with the type of metal you have for the kitchen faucet. You also want to think about the style and color of the countertop and other hardware in the kitchen.

It's Time for a Kitchen Cabinet Replacement

Do any of these warning signs sound familiar? If so, it's time for a kitchen cabinet replacement. You'll be so glad that you made the choice to swap out your old cabinets once you see how it changes the look and feel of your kitchen!

Nuform Cabinetry offers a wide selection of assembled or RTA cabinets. We also offer a free 3D design and quote, so what are you waiting for? Take a look at our selection of kitchen cabinets, and contact us today.