One of the most expensive items in any kitchen remodel is the cabinets. That price only increases when you choose custom kitchen cabinets. However, not all custom designs are created equal. Therefore, before you settle on a cabinet maker, consider the top five characteristics of a custom cabinet.
1. Durable Materials
The first thing you want to check is what materials will be used in the box and face construction of your cabinets. While hardwoods are reserved for doors, you will still want the boxes to be made from furniture grade plywood or better.
2. Easy to Clean Interior and Surfaces
Next, you will want to make sure that the materials being used on the interior of your custom kitchen cabinets are easy to clean. You can choose from sealed veneers, laminates or melamine as some of the best options.
3. Full-Height Back Panel
Next, choose a design with a full-height back panel. Full-height panels allow for easy installation and greater durability due to increased rigidity in the frame. Full back panels can be made from a variety of materials, including metal and furniture board.
4. Dovetail Drawer Construction
When it comes to drawer construction, you will want to find a cabinet maker that provides dovetail joint construction. Dovetail joints have been the standard in drawer design for decades and for a good reason. These joints are more reliable than other construction methods and lost longer too.
5. Soft-Close Hinges and Slides
Last, consider purchasing cabinets with soft-close hinges and drawer slides. Have you ever accidentally slammed your finger in a drawer or cabinet door? These little magic devices ensure that your fingers have plenty of time to pull away before the door or drawer closes.
While custom kitchen cabinets are an expense, they will last for a long time, especially if they are constructed well. Consider the five characteristics above when you reach out to a cabinet maker for your upcoming project.