Remodeling For Dummies has released a list of the top cabinet manufacturers. After analyzing
available research from various investigative organizations this list was
compiled. The following top cabinet manufacturers have been given high marks
for storage capacity, style, construction quality, and accessibility.
Sure, most folks only see the outside of your cabinets, but
how cabinets are designed and how they function on the inside is just as
important to you as how they look on the outside. Check out the choices
available to maximize your storage capacity.
finishes actually are among the best and most consistent. Major cabinet
manufacturers have automated finish application systems that ensure even
application as well as controlled temperature and humidity levels for the best
As you begin shopping for cabinets, you’ll find one thing
for sure- few manufacturers make solid-wood cabinets. And if you do find some,
the price tag will probably send you into shock. Most cabinets are made of
several different materials- some for strength and durability and some for
appearance. Many cabinets have solid wood face frames and solid wood doors with
the box (body) of the cabinet being made of plywood. These materials determine
how long you can expect the cabinets to last and how good they look. Take a
closer look at your options.
Regardless of whether you select stock or custom-made
cabinets, the types of cabinet you select from are the same. Sizes will vary,
especially with custom-made cabinets, because they’re being built to fit a
specific area or dimension. Stock cabinets come in standard heights, widths,
and depths, and any leftover spaces or gaps between a run of stock cabinets are
filled with filler strips.
Kitchen cabinets are generally divided into two construction types: framed or frameless. Both styles have one thing in common: each cabinet, regardless of the construction style, starts as a box. After that, things happen that give the cabinets different looks. Framed cabinets have a more traditional appearance, and frameless cabinets, often referred to as European-style cabinets, have a more contemporary look. Remember, too, that the type of material and the style of the doors and drawers and the hardware you choose will affect the look of the cabinet, no matter what type you choose.
There are two basic types of cabinets to choose from: stock
and custom-made. Budget will play a big part when deciding which type you
choose, as will whether you’re planning on doing the installation or hiring
someone to install the cabinets for you. Let’s look at both types to help you
decide which ones fit best in your new kitchen and budget.
The true cabinet face-lift is when you replace the old doors
and drawer fronts with new ones. This process is called refacing and is a perfect choice when the existing cabinet bodies
are sound and you just want to change the style of the doors and drawers. You
apply veneer (a thin self-adhering
layer of wood) over the exposed cabinet fronts (the thin “faces” of the cabinet
body itself) to match the doors. The companies also sell 1/8-inch thick plywood
veneer panels in the same wood species as the new doors and drawer fronts that
are installed on the exposed side panels of the end cabinets. You can buy the
doors, drawer fronts, veneer, and plywood panels stained or unstained. The
price difference is not great, but buying them unstained gives you more color
If your old cabinets still seem to be solid but you’re just
tired of their look, then consider changing the finish by either painting or
staining them. This allows you to leave the cabinet bodies in place, so you
don’t need to clear out the cabinets and live out of boxes for weeks. However,
you will want to make sure that the items in your cabinets are back from the
front edges of the cabinet faces when you paint or stain that area.