Consider the Details
Whether you’re designing your dream kitchen or filling a need at your rental property, consider all the details before purchasing your cabinets.
1. Box type
Framed or Frameless
2. Joint Construction
Dado, Rabbet, Doweled, Dovetail
Hardwood, Metal, Plywood, Melamine, Particle Board
Paint, Stain, Glaze, Acrylic, Thermafoil, Laminate
5. Hardware & Accessories
Hinges, Knobs, Pulls, Rollout Trays, Organizers
Cabinet Box Construction
Box construction is the foundation of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets so it’s important to consider both the design and materials used in their manufacturing. Higher quality materials provide durability and the method of construction contributes to their longevity.
Although it’s not necessary to know all the details of what goes in to making a cabinet, it’s a good idea to know your options. There are essentially two types of cabinets, framed and frameless. Each has unique benefits and one may be more suitable for your application than the other.
Joint construction is also a consideration. If you’re looking for a long-lasting quality cabinet, it’s important the joints are structurally sound and can withstand years of use. These are most often constructed with dovetail joints. For the more price-conscious, you can expect a less rigid design using dado or rabbet joints.
The type of material used to build the cabinet box is also where corners can be cut or durability can be enhanced. For instance, a structure built with particle board will not stand the test of time compared to solid hardwood.
Framed vs. Frameless
There are two construction types: framed and frameless. The difference has to do with the way the box is built. Although both cabinets have about the same amount of space, the frameless cabinet has more accessibility. Both offer a quality and stylish cabinet but with different styles and function.
Just as the name states, this American style cabinet is simply a cabinet with a face frame that covers the front of the cabinet box. This is the traditional style of cabinetry that allows for easier installation and door/drawer adjustments. The cabinet doors are secured to a frame which gives them strength and durability while providing traditional cabinet appeal. There are more options with framed cabinets and variety of sizes, variations and materials, usually for a lower price.
With a modern and clean design, frameless cabinets are a European style design with increasing popularity in the American home. Offering fast installation, the construction consists of eliminating the face frame leaving just the box. This helps free up more storage space, offering full access to the cabinet interior and a larger drawer box capacity. Without a face frame, frameless cabinets depend on a thicker box for stability and durability and cabinet doors are secured to the side of the cabinet box offering a clean and minimalistic look.
The types of cabinet finishes are only limited to your imagination and lifestyle. From traditional stained hardwood and heirloom finishes to ultra modern carbon fiber thermafoil, options abound.
Solid Color Stain
Hardware & Accessories
The final details is where the fun starts and possibilities are endless. Navigating all the choices can be daunting. Both design and functionality need to be considered when selecting hardware and accessories.
Tansu Cabinet Knob
Satin Nickel Drawer Pull
Satin Brass Cabinet Knob
Kitchen Knives Organizer
Kitchen Drawer Outlet
Kitchen Utensil Organizer
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