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Why choose wood made cabinets

Cabinets are usually the focal point of a kitchen so if you're remodeling, you'll want your new cabinets to be attractive and stylish. But those cabinets also are going to be used heavily, so you want them durable and functional.

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If you've already done some shopping, you may have noticed there can be a huge pricing difference between models. Often, higher costs have little to do with the cosmetics of the cabinetry, but instead are a reflection of construction and whether they are wood made cabinets.

Aren't they all wood made cabinets?

Just about all kitchen cabinets have a wood face, but it's the construction of the box behind the face that affects the durability and price of the unit.

Wood construction is expensive, so many companies substitute MDF (medium density fiberboard) or laminated particleboard for various components of the cabinet box. A mid-range or value-priced cabinet usually has a wood face, but the cabinet box might have MDF sides and laminate shelves and drawers. Given the same methods of carpentry, wood cabinets are stronger and last longer than MDF, and aren't as susceptible to moisture damage.

Of course, other elements affect the price of the cabinets, such as such as the thickness of the wood in the box and jointing methods. Some companies build their wood cabinets to the same standards as those used by fine-furniture manufacturers, using dovetail joints and upgraded hardware.

Major cabinet companies offer products to suit a wide range of budgets, so it's not unusual to find both types of cabinets available from the same manufacturer. A few well-known cabinet companies that offer wood made cabinets as upper-end options:

  • Yorktowne Cabinetry
  • Merillat Cabinets
  • Medallion Cabinetry
  • Dura Supreme Cabinetry
  • DeWils Cabinets

Wood made cabinets can cost a little more, but their furniture-grade quality, strength, and durability may make them the right choice for you and your kitchen.

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