The kitchen consultants at Gulf Tile and Cabinetry see hundreds of current and prospective clients in our showrooms every month. Following are some of our customers’ most common questions about kitchen cabinets and design.
Q. What is the best brand of cabinet I can buy?
At Gulf Tile we carry a wide range of kitchen cabinets in prefabricated, semi-custom and custom styles from some of the nation’s leading manufacturers, including KraftMaid, Merillat and Collier Bremtown. Although choosing a quality manufacturer is important, your final cabinet selection will ultimately depend less on the brand name than it does on your personal vision, taste and budget. If you fall in love with cabinets of a certain material, finish or door style that is out of your price range or unavailable in your layout, we can assist you with finding something similar that suits your needs. Cabinets are furniture elements, designed to last for years. It’s important to choose a look that works now and into the future.
Q. What should I look for in cabinet construction?
Cabinets and drawer box construction refers to the case on which the drawers and doors are mounted, and consists of two sides, the back, the floor, and in the case of hanging wall cabinets, also a top.
Traditional cabinets include a face frame that surrounds the inset drawers and doors. On frameless or European –style cabinets the doors and drawers are mounted directly to the sides of the cabinets.
In order to meet ANSI standards, frameless cabinet should have walls, tops and floors of a minimum 5/8- to 3/4-inch thickness to prevent bowing, and are generally made from high density furniture board or plywood. Framed cabinets should have 1/4-, 3/8- or 1/2-inch panels of either fiberboard or plywood, along with a 3/4-inch thick face frame to support the drawers or doors.
The materials and types of fasteners used in construction will determine the overall thickness of the panels. Ask a consultant if you need more information.
Q. Aren’t plywood cabinets better?
Both plywood and furniture board have pros and cons. Plywood is made of many thin sheets of wood laminated together and is generally less susceptible to water damage than furniture board. However, plywood is also a target for termites while furniture board is not.
Cabinets constructed from solid wood frames and plywood panels are generally more expensive than HDF cabinets, but they are also more durable and longer lasting.
Q. What about drawers?
Entry level cabinetry usually includes drawers that are rabbited together and then glued and pinned, but these drawers are susceptible to warping and sticking. A drawer box that includes dovetailed joints, in which the floor is inset into the frame on all four sides, and undermount glides for support, creates sturdier drawers that can handle heavier weights. Dovetail construction is becoming increasingly popular in cabinet construction.
Q. Why are there so many different prices?
The wide range of construction...