Grace Holcomb Base Cabinets January 06th, 2018 - 14:35:52
The Basics Before you shop for cabinets, it is a good idea to determine what type of cabinet you need and get familiar with the terminology used by the salesman. MDF is a medium density fiber board cabinet. Base Cabinets are the bottom part of the cabinets that sit on the floor. These project your overall kitchen layout. Wall Cabinets hang on the wall just above the Base Cabinets. But your design will likely have some Base Cabinets with nothing to hang above. An example would be the sink area. Framed Cabinets provide a traditional look as the cabinet does have a frame around the outside of the box and around each door.
Place two C clamps in the first cabinet, lift the second cabinet into place and using the C clamps, firmly clamp the front face stile of the first cabinet to the second. The combination of the wall furring strip and the two clamps will allow you to let go and do the work of affixing the second cabinet to the wall and to each other. Making sure that the front faces are perfectly flush with each other and the heights are perfectly matched, standard practice is to pre-drill a screw hole behind the door hinge. Using drywall screws again, insert a screw in the hole making sure the screw will not penetrate through the stile of the other cabinet (too long). Place one screw behind each hinge. Now fasten the second cabinet to the wall and then release the clamps. This same scenario repeats itself until you reach the end of the cabinets. You may have spaces where a window occurs but your furring strip will assure that both sections are mounted at the same height.
Custom Cabinets Custom Cabinets will almost always be the best quality cabinets that you can find. The cabinet company will usually visit your kitchen or bathroom and take field measurements themselves, and together with you, will design a functional layout for your project. In terms of quality, the cabinetmaker has to make each unit individually, so quality will be very high. Cabinet carcasses will typically be made out of 5/8" or 3/4" material, whether its a laminate material for ease of cleaning, or a hardwood plywood, it will be substantially stronger than particle board or medium density fiber-board.
Frameless Cabinets will have the doors meeting the other door and will have drawers against other drawers. Looking at the front of the cabinet, you will see only the door or the drawer not the cabinet box itself. 10 x 10 Standard is just that a standard measure meaning 10 foot of base cabinets and 10 foot of wall cabinets. Manufacturers have used this calculation for their standard kitchen cabinets. You can still change this to meet your footage requirements but they will be a special order instead of than the standard measurements.