Stefania Morice. Kitchen Cabinet. January 02nd , 2018.
Wood is more expensive than any of the composite cabinet materials available, and solid wood doors and drawer fronts are typical in high-quality cabinets. Examples of the more luxurious woods used in quality cabinets are cherry, mahogany, chestnut and cypress. These woods are durable, naturally beautiful, less common and therefore significantly more expensive to use. When considering the quality of your kitchen cabinets, the insides matter as well. The boxes of cabinets themselves are often made of particleboard or even medium-density fiberboard (MDF). These compressed-wood options are often used by cabinet builders to reduce the cost of the project. In high-end cabinetry, you might find solid-wood cabinet frames as well as doors; however this drives up the cost of your cabinets significantly. Regardless of the material used, the insides of high-quality cabinets should be smooth, not rough to the touch, with shelves at least three-quarters of an inch thick. Dovetail construction is recommended over glued joints to provide cabinets that hold up to heavy use. This mortise-and-tenon or dovetail joinery is seen in the highest-quality cabinets and will definitely drive up the cost of your remodeling project.
In general, base kitchen cabinets are 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. They sit directly on the floor or rest upon a 4-inch toe kick riser. Their width can vary depending on what‘s sitting on top of them: sinks, cooktops or countertops. Wall cabinets are usually 24 inches high and 12 to 16 inches deep. The standard width for two-door wall cabinets is 30 to 36 inches.
If you‘re dealing with a blind corner in your cabinet, you may want to consider adding pull-out shelves—these will allow you to reach into the cabinet and choose which shelf to access, while pivoting the unused shelf to the back of the cabinet.
One of the first ideas to investigate is whether or not your corner kitchen cabinet can become a drawer/cabinet combo. A recent innovation in kitchens is to create a swing-out corner cabinet. When extended, it folds out away from the corner, exposing all of the supplies in the cabinet for easy access. This is a relatively simple customization that can create a much more useful corner cabinet.
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