The cabinetry is a central piece of your kitchen. While you look for prices, and there are a number of affordable quality cabinets out there, don’t choose the cheapest available. That’s never the best choice.
When you choose the cheap option, the finish soon wears away and the drawers and hardware fall apart.
As you visit showrooms, you’ll think every cabinet is the best on the market with the professional lighting and shining finishes. But it’s important to know quality when you see it, so you can make the right decision for your cabinetry.
Here are some pointers to help get you on the right track when it comes to selecting cabinets for your new kitchen.
- Solid Wood Face Frames: Your face frames should be free of almost all imperfections. Quality cabinets have doweled and glued joints, and you’ll find no sanding marks, color or grain irregularities.
- Solid Wood Drawer Front and Cabinet Panels: The sturdiest and most durable cabinets are made from solid wood. When drawer sides are made from hardwood and the front and panels made from solid wood, you’re getting the highest quality of kitchen cabinets. Make sure the drawers and doors are able to open without and binding or wobbling.
- Adjustable Hinges to Align with Face Frame
- Adjustable Shelves Supported by Metal Brackets – along with adjustable shelves in the wall cabinets. All shelves should be at least ¾ of an inch thick.
- Pullout Trays in Lower Cabinets – instead of fixed shelving.
- Each Drawer Should be Supported by Two Side-Mounted Slides
- Door Panels Should be Fitted into the Grooves Routed into the Frames – they should not be glued or fastened into the frame.
- Dovetail Constructed Drawers & Shelves: They increase in cost, but the dovetail construction routs the pieces into one another that makes a connection that is difficult to dislodge.
- The Floor Inside the Panel Should be Fitted into the Routed Side.
It takes more than a style of wood to determine the best cabinets. While the exterior may look great in the kitchen, you’re looking for longevity in construction of the interior. Cabinet prices typically correlate to the materials and construction methods.
When you’re investing in cabinets, make sure that you’re taking advantage of extended warranties and performance guarantees. Without the guarantees, your cabinets could fall apart after a few years and you’ll need to purchase brand new ones.
Speak to us here at In Stock Kitchens to inquire about the quality kitchen cabinets that won’t crack or warp. We’ll help you make the right decision and choose upstanding cabinet construction.