Cabinet Construction Types: It’s what’s on the inside that counts!
Attractive cabinets that show off your personal style are a homeowner’s dream. Just don’t overlook the importance of function and solid construction. You want to choose cabinets that are attractive, functional and will stand the test of time. It’s also important to know how your cabinets are constructed – it varies widely in the cabinet industry, and you want to be sure you know your facts. How a cabinet is built determines how it looks and functions. Hinges, shelving and even finishing options can vary greatly, too, depending on the type of construction used. These basics will help you determine which cabinet construction type is best for you.
Cabinet Box Construction
Two of the most important aspects of good cabinetry are thickness of the particleboard or plywood you choose, and the joint bracing.
- Thickness: Whether you choose particleboard or plywood, the ends of the box should be made of stock from at least ½-inch boards. Our LifeDesign cabinets are made of ½-inch plywood. The back of the box may be made of the same stock, though often it is thinner, even 1/8-inch to ¼-inch thick. In comparison, our cabinet backs are also ½-inch plywood. You may find 1/8-inch fiberboard on the back, but only on the really low-end products. Dismiss any thought of a cabinet if it is backless.
- Joint bracing: The bracing and joint construction of the box is critical. The boards should be joined with a glued dado joint where the end of one board is glued into a groove cut into the other board. each of our LifeDesign cabinets use a dado joint. That joint also may be nailed or stapled.