How Cabinets Are Made Matters

How Cabinets Are Made Matters

We have all heard of the old adage “beauty is only skin deep”. It’s the same with cabinetry. In this case a client asked us to repair a cabinet where the back had failed resulting in the cabinet pulling away from the wall.   Often with cabinetry, the only thing that is considered is how the cabinetry will look, but how they are made has a big impact on how long they will last. Considering that a kitchen generally lasts twenty to thirty years, it should be a key factor in the purchasing decision. If green remodeling is something that is of interest to you, then one of the key questions that should asked is “how long will this last”.   When considering cabinetry details, there are a number of features to look for such as plywood construction for the cabinet box, dovetailed drawers, and the quality of the drawer slides. The method of assembly is also important. There are many acceptable means of putting together a cabinet box, but how the back is installed is critical. For wall cabinets, the back is what supports the whole cabinet and keeps if from crashing to the floor. [contentdivider] [one_fourth]

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" title="To repair this, we installed a cleat on top of each of the cabinet boxes (fortunately the top was structurally sound) and used long screws that went through the cleat into the studs of the house. This way the cabinet top is secured to the framing of the house and the screws drew the back and the cabinet box together ..." href="" data-rel="prettyPhoto[mainteasers]">
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" title="... and there is no gap between the cabinet and the wall. It's ready for the stemware again." href="" data-rel="prettyPhoto[mainteasers]">
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