ALMANAC: CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS
Following a year of growth, kitchen cabinet demand in the United States is projected to increase 5.9% per year to $17.1 billion
in 2021, according to the recent Cabinets Market in the U.S. study
by The Freedonia Group. Tall kitchen cabinets are projected to
reach a value of $3.2 billion in 2021 on annual advances of 7.7%,
with base cabinets projected at 5.2% annual growth.
Meanwhile, U.S. demand for countertops is forecast to rise
just over 2% annually through 2022 to 803 million square feet,
according to Freedonia’s study, Countertops in the U.S. Gains will
be seen in residential remodeling activity as homeowners continue to opt for larger kitchens and multiple bathrooms, while
construction activity in the countertop-intensive office, retail,
lodging, and institutional markets will also drive growth.
What cabinet construction method do you use?
Source: FDMC/CMA 2018 Benchmark Survey. Based on 165 responses
Source: The NKBA survey includes responses from 822 designers, remodelers, architects,
dealers and manufacturers.
Market Data Sources: The Freedonia Group, Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn., National
Kitchen & Bath Assn., Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Assn., Cabinet Makers Assn., FDMC, Houzz,
Statistics Canada/StatCan, RICKI, Statista, U.S. Census Bureau. Category: Cabinets &
countertops include: kitchen cabinetry, bath cabinetry, vanities, countertops and islands.
Top sources for kitchen project decision-making
Big box stores 42% 47%
Professional designer or contractor 29% 13%
Product manufacturers’ websites 21% 11%
Retail stores’ websites 18% 19%
Local kitchen store or showroom 18% 16%
Magazines 16% 14%
Friends or family 15% 25%
Source: RICKI – 2017 Upscale Consumers and Their Kitchens report
Top kitchen & bath trends
According to the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Assn., here’s a snapshot of what’s trending.
1. In the United States,, Farmhouse ranks as the most popular kitchen
style, followed by Transitional and Contemporary, while in the bath,
Transitional and Contemporary are extremely popular, followed by Traditional. In Canada, Contemporary-styled kitchens top the chart, followed
by Transitional and Mid-Century Modern. In the bath, it’s Transitional, followed by Contemporary and Traditional; Industrial-style is also popular.
2. Paint is the predominant choice for kitchen cabinet facing, with wood
ranked second, followed by glass. Wood is the choice in the bath.
3. White and gray continue their dominance for hottest color schemes.
4. For kitchen cabinet door style, frameless has the edge, with homeowners preferring full overlay over inset, and partial overlay a distant
third. For the bath, frameless again has the edge over frame.
5. For countertop surfaces, quartz is by far the preferred choice, followed
by granite and marble. Laminate remains a less-expensive alternative.
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn.’s monthly Trend of Business
survey shows cabinet sales rose 2.3% in September compared
to 2017. Year-to-date sales are up 1.9%: stock sales are up 4.1%
and custom increased 4.3%, however semi-custom sales dipped
1.1%. Year-end 2017 sales for participants totaled $7.1 billion.
2017 saw a 10% increase, to $11,000, in the median spend for
kitchen remodeling, the most popular renovation according
to the 2018 Houzz & Home study,. The guest bath and the master bath are the two next most popular rooms for renovation.