New Cabinetry Assessment
Before purchasing ready-made
cabinets for your kitchen, make a thorough assessment of your
replacement needs. Determine your preference for type and style and
the quality of the cabinets you desire. Cabinets are heavily used
storage spaces that are going to take a lot of abuse so they’ll need
to be durable. You’ll pay much more for solid wood cabinets or for
high-quality construction details like dovetailed drawers,
adjustable hinges, or ball bearing drawer guides. The purchase of
new cabinetry is a sizeable investment. To save money, we recommend
that you consider
Updating Your Cabinetry versus buying
new. Rockler has many surprisingly affordable options available to
reface, refinish, or paint your existing cabinetry for an all new
look. We also have a fine assortment of affordable
knobs and pulls, and other
for complimenting your ready-made cabinetry.
Available Material Choices
Most newly constructed cabinets are made from particleboard or
other engineered sheet products such as strawboard or medium
density fiberboard (MDF). Surfaces may be covered with
high-pressure laminates, melamine, or paint. Particleboard,
strawboard, or MDF is more economical but is prone to water
damage and structural weakness. When shopping for new cabinetry,
make sure that laminates are of sufficient quality that they
will remain well adhered to their surfaces. Cheaply constructed
cabinets will deteriorate quickly in a kitchen application where
there is lots of heat and moisture.
Hardwood plywood is often used in the construction of higher
quality cabinetry but will require more of an investment.
Plywood surfaces are covered with high-pressure laminates, Rigid
Thermo Foil (RTF), or wood veneers.
Door frames and drawer fronts are usually matching solid wood.
They are more durable than cabinets made from sheet products.
made of solid lumber—hardwoods such as cherry, maple, ash, oak,
or elm, are durable and long lasting, but will require a
significantly larger out-of-pocket expense.
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