Terra Norman Base Cabinets January 14th, 2018 - 11:24:19
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.
For cabinet backs you will typically see 1/2" thick material, with thicker areas specifically manufactured for mounting screws. The tops will always incorporate a countertop fastening strip at the front and rear of base cabinets, which you wont see in stock cabinets. As far as design and aesthetics go, the only limitations are your imagination and budget. Almost anything is possible because your cabinets will be made specifically just for you. You have complete access to options such as pull-out slides, trash organizers, limitless hardware choices, pantry organizers, and much more. The cabinetmaker will often install these cabinets themselves too, saving you the headache of doing it yourself. While obviously more expensive, you can design and get exactly what you want, instead of settling for what you can find.
Purchasing Cabinets There are different tiers on purchasing cabinets too. You save money by assembling pre-cut parts from the manufacturer. Since cabinets will be the focal point of your kitchen, you may prefer to have assembled cabinets that are installed by the dealer. The following descriptions will help you make this decision. RTA or Ready-to-Assemble is provided by the cabinet manufacturer. If the manufacturer doesnt incur the labor expense to assemble the cabinet, he will pass this savings on to you. If you are going to use RTA cabinets to cut down on the expenses, you need to find your cabinets at the beginning of your project. You need time to assemble them and ready to install after installing the flooring, painting, papering are complete.
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.