Home & Garden

Designer Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget

If you’re looking to build a sleek European-inspired kitchen without breaking the bank, you might want to consider Reform, a stylish but cost-conscious cabinet producer from Denmark. Reform produces eleven different collections, each designed by renowned architects and designers from around the world. Clean lines and sharp details tie all of the collections together, but there’s a refreshing array of uncommon details and material choices that make each style stand out. Choose from doors clad in brushed aluminum, polished stainless steel, or colorful sheets of high-density polyethylene if you want something bold or opt for cabinetry featuring wood veneer or painted panels for a more understated look.

wood cabinets with triangle hand pulls
Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz included diagonally oriented veneer and triangular recessed pulls when designing Reform’s DEGREE collection of cabinets to add a bit of whimsy and contrast. The collection is also available in soft gray or white for a more understated look.

Reform’s formula for creating affordable high-design cabinets is a combination of standardized components and upscale materials and hardware. The company has a two-tiered approach for helping customers hit the right price point. For a truly high-end product, you can opt for Reform’s complete cabinet system, including cases, drawers, and more, or you can go the more economical route and pair their proprietary cabinet facades with IKEA internal components.

Metal cabinet set with open drawer
Paris-based architect Jean Nouvel strove to balance form and function when designing the REFLECT cabinet collection.

Metal cabinet set with open drawer
The ribbed polished stainless panels really make the cabinet faces pop while providing a durable, maintenance-free finish.

Design packages including fronts, cover panels, and plinths start just under $2500. Cabinets and accessories are priced separately. I’d suggest browsing the planning guides and inspiration gallery on Reform’s website first, and then meet with a kitchen planner online or at one of Reform’s showrooms to configure and price your own kitchen.


Photos courtesy of the manufacturer.


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