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Why you should buy kitchen cabinets that are certified

Purchasing new kitchen cabinets can eat up a chunk of your kitchen renovation budget. CostHelper notes that stock cabinets can cost between $4,000 and $5,000, not including installation or counters. Custom cabinetry often rings in at four times that amount. When you spend this amount of money to buy kitchen cabinets, consider purchasing cabinets certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association (KCMA).

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KCMA kitchen cabinet certification

The KCMA sets the standards for quality in the industry. The organization has two certification programs:

  • Performance and Certification: Certified kitchen cabinets must meet strict standards for bracing, framing, moisture content and more; they must endure a battery of tests, such as holding up structurally after a 3-pound weight has been dropped from 8 inches, 10 times.

  • Environmental Stewardship: More than 130 manufacturers have committed to environmental sustainability practices, meeting requirements for product and resource management, air quality and more.

Look for KCMA seals when you buy kitchen cabinets

When you get new kitchen cabinets, be on the lookout for two KCMA stickers on the inside of a cabinet's door:

  1. The Performance and Certification seal is blue with the words Certified Cabinet circling the acronym KCMA.

  2. The Environmental Stewardship seal is green with a person's torso representing a tree trunk and the words Environmental Stewardship Program arching over the "torso-tree's" top.

Below each seal, you will find a one-, two- or three-letter code that designates the cabinet's manufacturer. For example, the code-letter H represents Armstrong Cabinet Products, which has both KCMA certifications. A complete directory of manufacturers' codes and certifications is available on the KCMA Website.

Shopping for cabinets with these two certifications can save you time and money, when you buy kitchen cabinets: you will have less to research and can feel confident in the quality of the products you purchase.


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