What Should Be the Characteristics of Quality Cabinets

Posted by MichaelW in Home on December 16th, 2018

One aspect of a home that often goes unthought of is our cabinetry and joinery. This isn’t because it isn’t valued – it’s actually the opposite. It’s considered so important that it’s part of the house, rather than a piece of furniture that you can replace when you outgrow it. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Updating your cabinetry is an excellent way to modernise your interior and bring more storage options to the spaces where you need them most. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your joinery, we’ve outlined the characteristics of quality cabinets,so you know what to look for.

1. Materials
One of the most important characteristics of a high-quality cabinet is the material it is made from. Many ready-made pieces are constructed from particleboard, which can lead to sagging cabinets or rapid deterioration. Look for a cabinetry that is made from timber veneer or painted MDF. Solid timber is also an excellent choice, but may be out of budget for most people. To ensure your cabinets are strong enough to bear the weight of your homewares, ensure that the shelving is at least 16mm thick.

2. Hinges
Whilst often not the first thing that come to mind, hinges form an integral part of premium cabinet construction. Poor hinges may mean the doors are hard to open and close, or are uneven or loose. These days, soft close hinges have become one of the defining characteristics of quality cabinets, which absorb the force of closing the door – even when slammed, which would otherwise have caused damaged to your doors and hinges.

3. Drawers
Similar to hinges, the daily use of drawers can quickly cause wear and tear if quality components aren’t in use. We recommend using undermounted glides, as these will support the weight of the drawers and their contents even when fully open. Otherwise, the drawer will rub and scrape along the sides and cause unnecessary strain on the joints. Many also choose to use hardwood drawer boxes, thanks to their durability and appearance – if you want to add a luxurious touch, this may be an excellent investment.

4. Backing
This is definitely somewhere to check when inspecting a cabinet. One of the key characteristics of quality cabinets is attention to detail throughout the entire unit – including the backing. Many less expensive designs either use a thin piece of particle board (between 3mm and 6mm thick) or omit a backing entirely so you can see the wall. The strongest construction will use a heavy piece of ply or MDF, ensuring the cabinet can be mounted to the studs of the wall for added strength and durability.

5. Design
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, is the design of the cabinets themselves. With many retailers offering budget friendly and mass-produced cabinets, there has never been a better time to buck the trend and invest in bespoke cabinetry. These will be designed specifically to your home, your tastes and your measurements – ensuring a perfect fit within both the space and your lifestyle.

As you can see, finding premium joinery doesn’t have to be difficult – as long as you know what to look for. By understanding the characteristics of quality cabinets, you can narrow down your search to an experienced and qualified team of architects and designers, rather than invest in storage solutions that simply aren’t up to your standard. With the right cabinets, you’ll have a piece that adds value and functionality to your home, not to mention an attractive addition to the décor.

Spaceworks Design comprises a fully qualified design team based in Sydney with over 50 years experience. They are able to assist with Australian made storage solutions for every area of the home, including: the home office, media units, wardrobes, walk in robes, shelves and cabinetry, laundry and bathroom. They can also assist with commercial joinery in the workplace, if desired. The Ximula modular range is the newest addition to Spaceworks Design’s stunning range.

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