Beyond the aesthetics of the cabinetry for your new kitchen, there are decisions that need to be made in relation to the cabinet construction. Here is a quick overview that might help you recognize some of what you see when you enter the cabinet showroom.
There are two general styles of case construction. The first is the traditional Face-Frame Cabinet Construction (image below, left). Sometimes this cabinet style is referred to as American. The door hinges for this type of cabinetry are mounted to the cabinet frame. The hinges are either exposed and visible, or concealed by the cabinet door. The doors and drawerfaces are commonly inset, appearing framed.
The other most common cabinet construction style is Frameless Cabinet Construction (image below, right). This overlay door style is also sometimes referred to as European. Door hinges for this style are concealed, and mounted to the inside of the cabinet case, the cabinet gable. This frameless style case construction is what I happen to offer.
Faceframe and Frameless Cabinet Case Construction
There are various methods in which cabinet manufacturers operate. Some sell directly to the public, while others use a dealer program, and some use a combination, depending on location. The cabinets I offer are built locally, by a well-established, reputable company that has explored various processes, and has settled into a dealer-based program. They focus on their manufacturing, producing a remarkable product with a solid warranty.
Having had the opportunity to work for, with, and as a cabinet supplier, my experience with cabinetry is extensive, and multi-faceted. Although reasonably common within the industry, these guidelines are based on the brand I offer. This is just an overview, as a showroom visit together will provide you with more information.
Aside from the style of the case-construction of the cabinet, the case material affects the performance and cost of the kitchen cabinet package. The cabinet case options are either a 3/4″ thermally-fused laminate (TFL, offered in white or maple-look) on particle board, or 3/4″ clear-coated birch-veneer on plywood.
Kitchen cabinet drawerbox material options are 5/8″ TFL on particle board, 5/8″ dovetail clear-coated maple, or a less-common coated-steel model, with a glass-sided option.
Cabinet roll-out/pull-out shelves typically match the case material. These are available with rails or solid sides.
All visible elements of your cabinetry will match your door colour, or whatever material and colour that suits the design. There are various options for open cabinetry, open shelving and glass door features.
The cost of the plywood cabinet case package is approximately 12% more than that of your kitchen in the TFL on particle board cases. The plywood case package includes dovetailed drawerboxes.
All doors have soft-close hinges, and all drawerboxes and pull-outs have undermount soft-close, full-extension slides. All hardware is fully adjustable, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
There are many options available for organizing your cabinetry, to make the most of the storage space. The functionality of corner cabinet accessories has advanced, and there are various trash centers now designed to support household recycling needs.
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That covers the very basics of cabinet construction options. There are further decisions to make, and additional features that will be covered during a Cabinet Showroom Visit. Check out my other articles that get into Cabinetry Door Styles & Profiles and Cabinet Door Materials & Finishes.
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