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5 Helpful Tips for Purchasing Quality Cabinets

by Shannon Dauphin

Purchasing quality cabinets should be high on the list of anyone undertaking a kitchen remodel. But when you are faced with so many options, how do you choose? Pinpointing what makes a quality cabinet can make the difference in your final decision.

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Tips to Spotting Quality Cabinets

When it's time to go shopping, keep these points in mind:

  1. Start with the drawer. The drawer should move easily on smooth runners. Look at the construction, especially the joints. Are all the pieces flush with one another? Does the drawer make any noise when it is pulled from the closed position? You should be able to feel the quality in the motion of the drawer as you open and close it.
  2. Look at finishes. Is the finish uniform, or does it appear to be slapped on quickly? Are there streaks or discolorations in the finish? If so, you might be looking at a factory issue cabinet that was put together with speed in mind, not quality.
  3. Study the hardware. A cabinet might look like a great deal, but shoddy hardware can give away the true quality of the cabinet. If the cabinet maker cut corners on the most visible part of the kitchen cabinets, what interior elements are lacking as well?
  4. Look at the edge banding. This is where many cut-rate cabinets give themselves away. Laminate banding or other cheap methods of covering up pressed wood is evident.
  5. Always inspect your kitchen cabinets. Stock cabinets are often mass-produced and go through a rigorous testing procedure, but flaws still happen. Check your kitchen cabinets for quality when they are delivered, and promptly return any cabinets that appear to be flawed in some way.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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