Ask the Expert: What Should I Look for in Quality Cabinetry?

Finish: Was it done in a controlled environment to keep dust from landing on wet surfaces and causing bumps? After sanding, a sealer coat should be applied, then a second coat of catalytic conversion varnish before the cabinets are baked in an oven. Another thing to look for is no added formaldehyde.A. You want the best quality you can afford. Like building a house, you want a good foundation for the rest of the home. With cabinets look at:

  • Drawer box quality: The better cabinets have three-quarter-inch thick solid hardwood sides with dovetailed joints. Also look for undermount full-extension glides with soft closes.
  • Body: The body of the cabinets should be material half-an-inch to three-quarter-inch thick on sides, top, and back. We use natural maple veneer over plywood to give the cabinets the structural support they need.
  • Hinges: These are often what break first, so start with a top quality hinge. A six-way adjustment gives you the ability to move the door up and down, side-to-side, and in or out. Choose a hinge you can adjust to make the doors fit just right. An added bonus is a softened closing.

Expert Note:

Invest in the best quality materials you can afford. Like building a house, you want a good foundation for the rest of the home.

JOLYNN JOHNSON, CMKBD, CAPS
OWNER, DESIGNER, PROJECT MANAGER
CRYSTAL KITCHEN CENTER, CRYSTALKITCHEN.COM

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