Ivonne Caillauda. Kitchen Cabinet. October 30th , 2017.
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.
As you begin your kitchen remodel, one aspect that will become readily apparent is that quality kitchen cabinets are an essential element of your design. Not only do quality kitchen cabinets serve the important practical purpose of storage, but they take up the most amount of real estate in your kitchen. This means they‘ll play a big role in determining the overall look of your space.
If you‘ve ever designed an indoor kitchen, you‘ve probably found yourself overwhelmed with options for everything from warming drawers to backsplash tile. Outdoor options are more limited. You‘ll still find yourself confronted with a wide range of possibilities. But here, you‘ll always have one basic principle to help you make the right choice. Just ask yourself this question: "Which will stand up to the elements better?"
Rigid thermofoils (RTFs) are pressure-molded vinyl foil and are more malleable than laminates. As such, they can cover more intricate designs, such as cathedral doors and arches. The wood grains are very realistic-looking, though the solid colors are more limited. Wood veneers are actual, real wood, and they come in different sheet sizes. With wood veneers, you can change the wood type while maintaining the integrity of all-wood cabinets. Like laminate, wood veneers can also be bought with the adhesive already applied to the back, or you can apply the adhesive yourself.
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