When it comes to kitchen or bathroom cabinetry, buying the best you can afford is a smart rule to follow. Here are the six aspects of a quality cabinet.
Both bathroom and kitchen cabinets get heavy use, and they may be subject to splashing, frequent cleaning and damp conditions.
One way to check for quality cabinetry is to check if it is certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufactures Association.
Always inspect sample cabinets before you order or check the manufacturers specifications sheets for details of the materials and construction used.
The cabinet box is the main part of the cabinet. The traditional type is a framed cabinet with 3/4 inch solid wood rails. Frameless cabinets don’t include the face frame, and the doors or drawers should fit tightly.
For study shelves, make sure the shelving is made of 3/4 inch plywood, which is capable of supporting heavy stacks of dishes, small appliances and cookbooks. Particle board may bow over time.
The best cabinet doors are made with solid frames and either solid wood panels or plywood paneling. High pressure laminate or real wood veneer on the facing is a good choice.
The best quality hinges operate smoothly, and are sized perfectly to the door. They should also be easy to adjust as needed for the perfect alignment. Concealed cup hinges allow adjustment in three directions.
High quality drawers will hold up to endless use and abuse in your kitchen or bath. Look for solid hardwood or poplar sides and backs. Melamine stock is also good. The bottom should be constructed of 1/4 inch plywood. High quality cabinets will include dovetail joints or doweled attachments and separate draw fronts that are screwed in to the drawer.
Heavy duty and carefully crafted to be smooth, drawer slides should be of heavy duty construction and include ball bearing rollers. The best drawer slides are rated for 110 pounds and can come in either under mounted slides or side mounted slides.
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