Kitchen Cabinet Quality
Kitchen Cabinets represent the largest percentage (approximately 40%) of the overall cost of a major kitchen remodel and homeowners want to make sure that they are buying a cabinet that will hold up over time. Unfortunately in many cases it can be challenging to tell the difference between a cabinet that looks good today and one that will look good ten years from today. So what do you look for to make sure you’re getting a cabinet that will withstand the test of time?
Kitchen Cabinet Exteriors
Make sure that if the sides of the cabinets boxes are made of furniture board (also known as particle board) that any exposed ends are upgraded to a matching veneer wood finish. If your exposed ends are a man made product (laminate or melamine) they will not age or look the same over time as the rest of your solid wood cabinet.
Kitchen Cabinet Interiors
Make sure that the interior of your cabinets are finished. You want a finish that is easy to wipe clean and stain resistant. A baked on catalytic conversion finish is best.
Your drawers are some of the most used items in your kitchen. Drawers should be rated for at least 75 lbs. Quality cabinetry construction will use solid wood boxes and dove tail joints. Lesser quality cabinet construction will use laminate, particle board or unfinished plywood and stapled and glued joints.
The back of the cabinet boxes are rarely something that you think about; however, they are a key component in keeping a cabinet squared and level. One of the easiest ways to determine the quality of a cabinet is to understand how the back of the cabinet is constructed. The highest quality cabinets will have a full back panel that is fully joined into the side panels. Again you want to check the weight rating. Remember that the back panel is what will have to support the full weight of your upper cabinets on the wall.
Full Access and Wood to Wood Construction
Well built cabinets do not need a center vertical support between the doors. They are often referred to as butt door or full access cabinets. This feature makes getting items in and out of your cabinets much easier. Cabinets that come fully assembled and where the wood parts are joined together by a tongue and groove or wood dowel system; offer much more strength, stability and permanence than a ready to assemble cabinets that are joined together with plastic or metal screws.
Looking for these upgraded features in your cabinets will insure that they will withstand the test of time.