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If you have looked at kitchen cabinets for any amount of time, you’re very much aware of the myriad of options that are available. From wood species to paint, stain, and glaze finishes, your choices can seem endless. Lest you think your decisions are confined only to the cabinet’s exterior, here are just a few examples of what can be done inside your cabinets.
Tilt-Out Sink Trays take the drawer front and transform it into storage that is not only convenient but also out of sight. Small items such as jewelry are kept safe in these trays while items such as soap and scouring pads stay close by for use and hidden when not needed.
Spice Racks incorporated into a kitchen design can eliminate the jumbled mess that often occurs when numerous bottles of spices inhabit one cabinet, saving you time and frustration during meal prep. They are available in different forms, including simple drawer inserts, shelves on the back of cabinet doors, and dedicated cabinets. They can also be hidden behind decorative molding or legs.
Waste Basket Kits keep the trash can hidden in a base cabinet, allowing a cleaner look in your kitchen. Multiple bins can be included for purposes such as recycling or housing soiled kitchen linens.
There are a variety of Cutlery and Drawer Organizer Trays available in numerous sizes and designs. Some are even designed to protect valuable silverware or provide safe storage for sharp knives.
Vertical Tray Dividers create partitions for items such as cookie sheets, serving trays, and baking pans. Not only does this make storage more convenient, but retrieving them when needed is much easier.
The options do not end here. Whether it be an Appliance Garage that provides out-of-sight storage for small countertop appliances, Rollout Trays that maximize the storage space in your base cabinets, or a Lazy Susan that allows for easy access of dishes or pantry items, there is no shortage of ways to fit your cabinets to your needs, giving them that personal touch.
Stop in at our Spiceland, Indiana showroom and let our designers show how to get the most out of your new cabinets.
So much thought is put into the desired cabinet style that it may be easy to overlook the type of wood used for those cabinets. After all, wood is wood, right? Actually, there are quite a few differences between the wood species, including durability, grain variation, and color. Let’s examine some popular wood choices for cabinetry and their specific characteristics.
OAK- Strong and very durable. Oak contains a rich, coarse wood grain which accepts a wide range of stain colors very well. More affordable than other wood options, Oak has stood the test of time and has been a consistent favorite for many years. Rift Cut and Quarter Sawn are wood cut options often available when choosing Oak.
HICKORY- Similar to oak in strength and durability, Hickory is known for its dramatic grain patterns. Color and streaking vary greatly, even within a single door panel. Adding to the rustic appearance of Hickory are the random pinholes, knots, and streaks of color. These only add to the charm of Hickory cabinetry and are not considered defects.
MAPLE- With a less pronounced wood grain than Oak or Hickory, maple has become a favorite choice in cabinetry. It is desired among families in large part because of its durability and clean, uniform appearance. Paint adheres exceptionally well on this wood species. With the current popularity of white painted cabinets, Maple is an excellent choice for today’s cabinets.
CHERRY- Easily recognized by its deep red undertones, Cherry adds an elegant look to any room. Cherry has a fine grain, and its texture is sometimes referred to as “satiny”. Though the wood itself is lightweight, it is still considered a durable hardwood that resists scratches. Maybe the most sought after characteristic of Cherry is its transformation as the color deepens over time. From a cost perspective, Cherry cabinets generally cost more than previously mentioned wood species.
ALDER- A lesser-known cabinet option, Alder is considered a medium density wood and slightly less durable than Maple, Oak, or Cherry. With a similar grain appearance to Cherry or Maple, Alder can be stained to look like Cherry without the higher cost. Choosing “Knotty Alder” can add a rustic feel to your room thanks to unique wood grain patterns, wormholes, knots, etc. The versatility of Alder can take you from the sophistication of Cherry to the rustic feel of a cabin.
Even with this brief rundown of the different wood species and their characteristics, it is always best to go in person and look at various samples in order to fully appreciate what each species can offer. Hopefully, then you can choose the right wood and the right style for your perfect room.
Stopping in our Spiceland Indiana showroom to see samples of the various wood species is an excellent way to help determine the best species for your renovation project. We look forward to seeing you.
Cabinet drawers -- they house a variety of items that we use on a daily basis, from kitchen utensils to pens and pencils. Kitchen cabinet drawers are opened regularly, some as much as 5 to 10 times a day. This adds up to more than 3,600 times per year! We depend not only on the functionality of the drawer, but also on its durability. Joint design is an important aspect of the drawer's durability due to the stress the drawer incurs with each opening and closing. This is what makes a dovetail joint so desireable.
Two factors determine the strength of a joint ... 1) how the two pieces of wood are connected and 2) the size of the gluing area. In a dovetail joint, a series of pins are cut into the end of a piece of wood which interlocks with a series of tail cuts in the end of another board. Once glued, a dovetail joint creates such a strong bond, no additional mechanical fasteners are required. Below is a picture of a dovetail drawer joint.
The dovetail is one of the strongest joints used in cabinet construction. The pins and tails can only be joined together in one direction, similar to putting your hand in a glove. Once the glove is on, it will not come off except by sliding your hand out. When a drawer is opened, the pressure actually makes the joint tighter. In addition to locking mechanically, the joint creates a very large surface area for gluing. The more glue in a joint, the stronger the joint will be.
The dovetail joint is indicative of quality cabinets and a high level of craftsmanship. Drawers with this type of joint are superior to those constructed simply with a stapled or glued drawer front. With its increased strength and durability, the dovetail joint is an excellent choice for your cabinet drawers.