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    Kitchen Cabinetry 101: What to Look For In A Cabinet

    Jacksonville Kitchen Cabinets

    Looking for new kitchen cabinetry is a mission pegged with many questions and choices. What size and color, type of wood, custom made or assembled, framed or frame-less, European or American design, reverse bevel or inset, all these are some of the factors one has to consider. As such, choice will not come easy for someone new to kitchen design ideas. Then the issue of price compounds the entire issue making things less easy for one to make a conclusive decision.

    Jacksonville Kitchen Cabinets With all the price and design variance in kitchen cabinetry, one will probably end up asking, what makes the perfect kitchen cabinet? To answer all these questions is this piece of writing that highlights the various kitchen cabinets and showcase the qualities to look for when making your choice.

    The first thing to contend with when searching for cabinets is to decide whether you want framed or frame-less cabinets. The framed design is an American kitchen cabinetry design typically done with a 1” piece of wood at the border and lip over doors on the frame. The overall design has the doors partially overlaying over the frame, or with a full overlay and an inset located within the frame to make it a flush door. Framed cabinets are ideal when looking for the conservative kitchen theme. This springs from the overall presentation offered by this type of cabinets. For instance, they have doors with a crowned molding that gives them an ornate look perfect to achieve a traditional look in the kitchen.

    The frame-less cabinets are a European cabinetry design and do not use the 1” bordered wooden framing. The cabinets have door and hinges that are attached to the walls of the cabinet directly. Due to this design, the cabinets are slightly thicker than the framed cabinets. The non-impinged design makes the doors open a bit wider thus giving a better access compared to the American kitchen cabinet design. Thus, the frame-less cabinets are a perfect choice for the modern kitchens that have limited spaces.

    In as much as they both are a good option, making a choice will be based on just one of the two. Understand the fact that many of the makers design their cabinets based on one of the two. Gaggenau, a high-end European designer, does exquisite frame-less kitchen cabinets. On the other hand, the American cabinetry designer GE is a master builder of framed cabinets that have wider flanges.

    Though all bare the chic presentations, they will have varied price tags based on a number of factors chief among them being quality. The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) says the price is determined by not just quality but function and form of the cabinets as well. The three factors are further broken down into the style of the door, the hinging, joints, quality of wood and construction, hardware used, glides, storage options, and finishing.

    Deciding either to go for a framed or frame-less kitchen cabinetry gets a bit more complicated when you have to consider any other factor that make one type different from another. The NKBA makes it a bit easier to understand the key areas of concern that will give a certain cabinet a good score in quality based on the following factors:

    • Degree of customization available
    • Hinge hardware
    • Construction system
    • Guarantee
    • Interior accessories
    • Styling
    • Material specification
    • Relative cost
    • Finish system

    Quality is based on physical and intangible differences that result in a disparity of pricing thus availing a wide array of choice based on the size, material, color, design, and price of what the market has to offer. Based on the state elements of materials, color, size, and design, how does one know which come first and is of greater importance when making a choice? The bottom-line will be to choice a cabinet based on its form and function (that will touch on quality of material, storage, and design).

    Go for a cabinet that has a smooth sliding function for the drawer and a firm closure. Pick a cabinet that has drawers that can support up to 75lbs and still slide with ease. One choice that offers such is cabinets done with the Blum Smartrac FX. Thus, you have to make your choice based on the feel (smooth sliding) and the weight support capacity.

    The dilapidating form and function of the kitchen cabinets is one the chief reason Americans to kitchen remodels. The continuous use of the cabinets deals a never ending blow on the cabinets, and if they have a poor quality finish, they will start to discolor and wear out. Then again, the spills, cooking residue, heat, and moisture in the kitchen madden the issue.

    It is never that easy to single out a high-quality wood finish when choosing a kitchen cabinet. It takes an expert and a keen eye. The top-notch finishes undergo several sanding stages, hand-wiped staining and sealing, a good coat of varnish, and are even baked in special ovens to achieve a pristine quality and standard. A closer look at the lower quality kitchen cabinets will unearth flaws such as:

    • Stains in the crannies
    • Specks of dirt confined beneath the finish
    • A shadowy appearance where the natural grain has been covered – due to use of poor toner stain
    • Rougher sections more so on areas that were not sanded uniformly
    • Among other flaws that your kitchen designer might fail to identify

    The local cabinet shops might seem like a good place to seek what you are looking for, but they are mostly counter-intuitive. The might advertise the production of high-quality custom made kitchen cabinetry but will fall short of delivering just that due to lack of the right equipment and expert craftsmen that know the artistry and craftsmanship required. Never settle for anything less of high-quality finish when picking kitchen cabinets.