How to Tell if Your Kitchen Cabinets are Good Quality
Spring is here, and that means the housing market is heating up. If you are considering moving into a new home this year, now is the perfect time to get out there and visit a couple of open houses every weekend. Whether you are looking to purchase or rent, inspecting a new place before signing any paperwork is key to avoid being disappointed. During your inspection, pay extra attention to the bathrooms and the kitchen. Make sure the appliances and plumbing are working and don't forget to check the quality of the cabinets.
How to Check the Quality of Your Cabinets
Look for quality wood. While the use of high-quality wood does not necessarily mean that a cabinet is well constructed, if you notice inferior-quality wood, you can pretty much guarantee the builder took other money-saving shortcuts as well.
- When you are inspecting a cabinet, first look to make sure that the face of the drawers and the doors are made from a hardwood. Avoid cabinets which use plywood or particle boards for the drawer faces or doors. While not ideal, using less expensive plywood is a common practice for parts of a cabinet which are not visible when it is closed and does not always indicate poor workmanship.
- Look at the exposed wood on the cabinets. Make sure the grain of the wood matches other cabinets and run the same way. You don't want any cabinets which have large knots or other abnormalities. Examine the surface of the cabinets for uneven wear or scratches.
Cabinets need to function correctly. This means that when you open or close the drawers or cabinet doors, they should operate smoothly and should never stick or be too difficult to operate.
- Make sure that all the cabinets close flush and all of the doors hang straight. Now is the time to double check that the upper cabinets are attached securely to the wall and to break out the level from your toolbox. Use it to not only test that the cabinets are level from left to right but also from the back to the front.
- Check the hardware. While replacing the pulls on your cabinets is not difficult, it is an additional expense you shouldn't have to pay. Check each of the cabinets' pulls to make sure they are not loose. Inspect the hinges and drawer slides to make sure everything is working correctly.
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