3 Tips For Choosing New Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest focal points in any home. More so than wood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, cabinets really give a kitchen, and home, it’s look and feel.
The problem with buying kitchen cabinets today is that there are literally thousands of different variations of styles, colors, building methods and hardware to choose from. Trying to find the perfect cabinets can just about make anyone go crazy. This is why we have put together a few simple tips to get you started in the right direction when choosing new cabinets for your home.
* Note: With kitchen cabinets you need to see sample cabinets in order to determine true quality as this cannot be accurately displayed in pictures.
Pull The Drawers And Check The Joints
The quality of kitchen cabinets can often be found in the drawers. Pulling out a drawer and looking at how the pieces are connected is a great way to start. First, look and see if the joints are dovetail (google if you need to know what a dovetail is), mortise and tenon or even glued dowel joints. What you don’t want see are stapled or glued butt ends.
Check The Finish
Carefully inspecting the finish is also extremely important. Take a look and see if there is any cloudiness in the clear coat and if the finish is smooth and dust free. Ask what finish was applied an how it was applied. Typically a conversion varnish will give you the best results along with a shop applied finish, which typically means a dust free spray booth was used.
Check Walls And Insides Of The Cabinets
You want to see what thickness was used in the construction was it 1/4″, 1/2″ or 3/4″, obviously the thicker the better. Also see if the corner on the insides of the cabinets are sharp and rough or smooth.