Kitchen cabinets not only affect the design and function of your kitchen, but they must be able to withstand constant use. If you are considering buying new cabinets in your kitchen remodeling process, you should understand how to choose quality kitchen cabinets. Here are some tips on how to choose top quality cabinets for your kitchen remodel.
In most cases, a solid hardwood may be preferable for top-quality cabinets. However, in areas with high humidity, veneer cabinets may last longer. Cherry, maple, and oak are often considered the most desirable for hardwood cabinets. The cabinet should be made of the same wood throughout the cabinets and drawers.
The quality of the finish can be another key indicator of the quality of the cabinets. You should examine the finish for bubbles or cloudiness. The wood should be finished completely on every side to protect from moisture which can eventually damage the cabinets.
There are two primary types of cabinet hinges. The choice for your kitchen remodeling depends mostly on preference. Face-frame cabinets have a frame on the back of the door which stabilizes the hinges and the cabinet door. A frameless cabinet, full access, or European-style cabinet usually has thicker wood and a full overlay door.
The construction and action of the drawers may provide the most information as to the quality of the cabinet. The base of the drawer should be made of a stable material and not be warped or loose. You should test how the drawer slides on its track and evaluate how far the drawer can be drawn to a fully open position.
Seams and Joints
One place to determine the quality of a cabinet is in the seams and joints. Drawers may be particularly helpful when examining seams. You should avoid pins, staples, or any plastic supporting the joints.
Most cabinets can be customized with the hardware of your choice. An experienced builder can advise you on your kitchen remodeling plan and the best cabinets for your budget.