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5 Signs of Quality Cabinetry

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The cabinetry in a kitchen is very often a home's most visible focal point. It's what makes or breaks the design of a home and creates the tone and aesthetic of the rest of the home. Choosing the right cabinetry maker for your kitchen cabinets is essential. High-end cabinetry will last much longer than low-end work. So how do you know when cabinetry is a high-end product made by careful craftsmen or cheaply-constructed boxes? Here are five signs to look for.

Plywood vs. Particle Board

Most cabinets consist of a box, face frame, hardware, and door face. The highest quality cabinets have a box constructed of plywood rather than particle board. Plywood has more structural strength than particleboard. Additionally, plywood is more moisture resistant. Plywood shelves are also important. Sagging shelves in older cabinetry tends to be a sign of worn-out or moisture-damaged particle board boxes. Plywood shelves, on the other hand, tend to last much longer without showing signs of damage.

Quality Hinges

Another way to spot high-end cabinetry vs. low-end is the style and quality of the hardware used in construction. Low-end cabinetry tends to have cheaper hardware without soft close hinges and only four-way adjustability. Higher-end cabinetry will have soft close hinges with at least six-way adjustability. Inset concealed hinges are also common on higher-end cabinetry.

Quality Drawer Glides

You can often tell the quality of the cabinetry by the choice of drawer glides. Quality drawer glides are installed under the drawer, also known as under-mount glides. Additionally, quality cabinets will have a soft-close system on the glides to avoid loud noises and damage from closing a drawer too forcefully. Avoid cabinetry with plastic parts on the drawer glides. These tend to wear out much faster than steel rollers and glides.

Dovetails

Another telltale sign of a well-made cabinet is dovetailing on the drawer boxes. Low-quality boxes are often stapled or glued. This type of construction has a shorter lifespan than dovetailing. Dovetailed drawer boxes are designed with interlocking mortise and tenons for a snug fit that will last for decades. Dovetailing is engineered for innate strength and doesn't rely on glue or nails for stability.

Face Frames

There are two options for cabinetry faces: framed or frameless. A framed face provides a sturdy base for attaching hardware and doors. Frameless faces are cheaper because they require fewer materials for construction but provide less stability. Face frames also help avoid damage during installation because of their stability.

To learn more about high-end cabinets, contact a local craftsman today.

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27 September 2022