Question of the Week
Q: What should I look for when looking for new kitchen cabinets?
A: 1st Look for a cabinet that has been being manufactured for quite sometime
· This helps ensure if you have any issues (or) want to add cabinets later to your kitchen, the cabinets will still be available
· Also, look for cabinets (if possible) that are being distributed nationwide. This also shows strength and market visibility
2nd There are two very important features a cabinet should always have
· ¾” Solid wood constructed drawers with dove tail attached
· Drawer fronts
· ¾” Shelves
· The dove tail attachment will ensure the drawer front does not pull off from the constant pulling, it will go through during the life of the cabinet
· The ¾” shelves will ensure your shelves will hold up better to any weight you may set upon them and not sag
3rd Plywood/Veneer box construction (vs.) MDF/Photo Finish Box Construction
· This is really on a concern regarding one issue. Wood veneer being natural wood will age (darken) evenly with all wood cabinet fronts of the cabinets. Cabinets with photo finish veneer will not age (darken) at all as the cabinet front will.
· Cabinet with a lot of natural light exposure will age (darken) faster than cabinets with little (or) no light natural light exposure. Most cabinets do not have a lot of natural light exposure due to the fact that most kitchens only have ( 1 ) window in them, aging should not be an issue
· Most cabinet lines will have all wood construction drawers with dove tail fronts, along with ¾” shelves and offer an option of box construction. Either MDF/Photo Finish Veneer (or) Plywood Box Veneer Finish. If aging is a concern, you can have the end cabinets that are exposed to the natural light be Plywood Veneer and the rest MDF/Photo Finish. This will save you money. The durability factors between the two different types of box construction are the same.
*Note: Home Base Home Improvement & Construction offers both types of cabinets that feature both types of box construction. We also deal with cabinet manufacturers that have been in business for quite some time and sell their cabinets in all 50+ states.