Selecting Wood Species

When selecting cabinets for your project a big way to bring the room together is by selecting the right wood species. This selection can help tie the whole look of the room together. We know it can be overwhelming to look at all the different wood species and colors and try to figure out what’s best for your project, so we sat down with Bethany to iron out the details. “Depending on the cabinetry manufacturer there are several different options for wood species,” said Bethany. “Some are standard while others are an up charge.” Examples of wood species include: Oak: Strong open grain pattern Quarter Sawn Oak: Uniform straight grain due to the process in which the logs are cut into lumber. Map

Framed vs. Frameless Cabinets

Now that you’ve decided on the construction of your cabinets, it’s time to decide whether you would like your cabinets to be framed or frameless. Both options have advantages and framed cabinets offer various overlay options to fit your style. The three overlay options we’ll go over are Full Overlay, Standard/Partial Overlay and Inset. Before we go over the overlay options, let’s break down the difference between framed and frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets (pictured above) are often considered the standard style cabinet in the Midwest. The construction of framed cabinets requires a face frame attached to the front of the cabinet box that allows for easy installation and door and drawer ad

Plywood or Furniture Board Cabinets?

One thing to consider when selecting your cabinets is the type of wood you want the cabinet boxes crafted from. Each manufacturer has their standard box construction for each cabinet line and some manufacturers give you the ability to choose. The two most common selections are plywood or furniture board. Both are great options, but the biggest deciding factor is whether or not to upgrade to plywood. Don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you. Plywood is made of layers of wood glued together with alternating wood grain to create a strong and stable wood. Furniture board, also referred to as particle board, is made of wood chips and a synthetic resin pressed together to create wood board

Cabinetry Mini Series

There are nearly endless options available when designing your new kitchen or bathroom and we’re here to help! First thing’s first – We’re going to put together the layout so it works efficiently for you and your family. We want to make sure we have the best cabinet configurations and storage solutions so the space functions based on your needs. From there, you can begin making material selections! Here’s a list of some of the options you’ll need to consider: Cabinet Construction (Plywood vs. Furniture Board) Framed vs. Frameless Cabinets Full Overlay vs. Standard/Partial Overlay vs. Inset Wood Species Paint vs. Stained Finish Door & Drawer Front Styles Hinge & Drawer Guide Features Interior

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