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Purchasing kitchen cabinets can be confusing. With so many styles, colors, and hardware available, how do you know if they’re of high quality and could last for at least twenty to thirty years? Well, many homeowners experience cabinet problems sooner than expected. Warping boxes, loose hinges, and crooked doors are some of the most reported. The only known reason these problems occur is the kitchen cabinet’s poor construction quality which often results in higher maintenance and installation costs.
To avoid unnecessary drama purchasing low-quality kitchen storage, consider these tips if you’re unsure how to spot high-quality kitchen cabinets. After all, your kitchen cabinets serve as the focal point of your home, so they should look great!
Often, cabinets are offered in three different constructions: custom, semi-custom, and stock. Stock cabinets are usually the ones you see at many home development centers. They are mass-produced and are often available to the general public. On the other hand, semi-custom cabinets are stock cabinets but can be personalized according to a homeowner’s style and storage capacity needs. Lastly, custom cabinets are built according to a homeowner’s preference and styling specifications. They are often unique and can’t be found elsewhere.
When it’s time to check the quality, always look for the cabinet’s frame. A high-quality cabinet’s structure is usually made from plywood, much stronger than particle board. They should be at least 0.75 inches thick because particleboard shelves often sag when heavy dishes or other items are placed on them.
Framed kitchen cabinets are typically sturdier and have thicker cabinet boxes, making them easier to access. This style of cabinetry is more common in European kitchens and looks more contemporary in modern settings. Look at the frames carefully. Make sure they’re made of high-quality wood and feature smooth doors and drawer slides. They should also be sturdy and durable. If unsure, don’t hesitate to ask the retailer to provide you with a sample cabinet.
When it comes to the interior surfaces of kitchen cabinets, they should be smooth, non-porous, and wipeable. A high-quality cabinet will resist stains, bubbles, and wear. Light-colored interiors are also easier to see. Look for melamine or catalytic conversion finish on the interior surface to minimize the risk of staining. You can also find these materials on engineered wood like particle boards or plywood.
Look for a manufacturer that offers several liners for kitchen cabinets. Some kitchen cabinet manufacturers offer many liner options and can vary in quality and pricing.
One sign of high-quality cabinets is a lifetime warranty. The lifetime warranty covers the cabinet for the lifetime of the original purchaser. In most cases, this warranty covers both repair and replacement. However, many manufacturers don’t offer a lifetime warranty for their cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets don’t have a contract, so, beware.
Poor-quality cabinets often break down after five to 10 years of use, so a lifetime warranty is essential. Make sure to ask about warranty coverage for your kitchen cabinets to help you avoid any issues later on.