Building cabinetry starts with the “box”—it's the cabinet foundation. To withstand the test of time, the cabinet box needs to be built of quality materials.
- All wood construction makes the strongest box and will withstand years of use.
- Particle board (engineered wood) is not recommended for cabinetry box sides, bottoms or tops and will result in a shorter cabinet life.
- Face frames should be constructed of premium, solid woods for extra rigidity.
- Strong joints, such as rabbets and dados, are critical for solid construction. Joints held together with only glue and staples will not last.
Cabinetry end panels
- Cabinets installed next to an appliance, such as a dishwasher, may have a portion of the unfinished end panel showing. Exposed end panels need to be covered with stained wood veneer or melamine that matches the exterior finish.
- Better cabinetry offers adjustable shelves for height flexibility. Fixed shelves are very limiting.