|Shopping Tips for Finding High-Quality Cabinetry
Six ways to test the quality of cabinetry before you make a purchase
No matter what type of cabinetry you settle on, you’ll want to know that you’re purchasing a quality product. To walk away with the best cabinets you can buy, go through these 6 steps before you sign on the dotted line.
1: Open and close drawers and cabinet doors. They should open smoothly and quietly.
2: Run your hand over the wood surface. If it’s not smooth (think bumps, nicks and splinters), look elsewhere.
3: Do not purchase cabinets without any backs. All of the cabinets should be finished and sealed, both front and back.
4: Make sure all corners (even the back ones) are reinforced for sturdy durability.
5: Check for staples, which can pull apart with use. Instead, opt for panels that have been glued or fastened with screws.
6: Ask a designer about the different wood types available. The majority of cabinets are made from hardwoods, such as maple, cherry, oak or birch, and each one has its advantages.