What Is The Best Construction For Kitchen Cabinets?

What is the best construction for kitchen cabinets? There are two different kitchen cabinet constructions. One is private box, and the other is particleboard. When asked about what the best construction...

When asked about what the best construction for kitchen cabinets is, Ellen Mercer, who has been a kitchen designer for eighteen years and is currently a designer at Cabinet Solutions, says, "There are two main types of kitchen cabinets. These are private box construction and particleboard or NDF construction." The similarities of the two types are "the basics of the cabinet box construction " in that "There are a couple of features that go inside the cabinet boxes regardless what kind of box construction you have. You want to look for a solid wood tool box. This type will not pull apart. You can also get a solid wood tool box that is pinned and glued together. Then, you generally would be looking for wood doors and wood door fronts."

As she only recommends the use of the solid wood construction, she goes on to state, "We actually carry only private box construction cabinetry. We don't have any particle board construction cabinets. With the plywood, this style of cabinetry is usually referred to as face-frame cabinetry. This means it has a solid piece of wood around the front of the cabinet. In that solid wood is where the hinges will be mounted. It is much more stable, and it has a long-term stable application as well. The hinges on your kitchen cabinet doors will last longer with this type of cabinet."

She doesn't suggest using NDF construction, "When you have a frameless particle board construction box, the hinges are mounted into the side wall of the cabinet box. So, the hinges are mounted in particle board. Over time, those doors are going to begin to sag, and they will lose their ability to re-adjust. Solid wood face-framed cabinets are generally more desired. They are going to cost a little bit more as well."

There are mainly two types of cabinet design, "face-framed" and "European" construction. The face-framed construction is a more traditional look, while with the European construction; all of the hardware is hidden for a sleeker, more contemporary appearance. Deciding between these two is more about the aesthetics or your kitchen rather then the functionality. Though, the European version can sometimes offer slightly more storage space.

Many manufactures offer custom cabinetry and some have "semi-custom" options available for their standard units. This all depends upon the individual business. There are also a lot of storage options available that can be installed in today's basic cupboards, such as pull-out drawers and organizational dividers and bins. Using every inch of space is a must for any well-functioning kitchen.

Since the kitchen cabinets that you choose will take up a good portion of your re-modeling budget, it is in your best interest to research all of your options thoroughly. An interior designer or general contractor can help you with this or if you are creating the plan for the kitchen re-model on your own, any local home improvement store has experts available to answer any questions that you may have.

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