How can you tell what’s good or what’s bad?

Updating your kitchen? Using affordable stock cabinets? How can you tell what’s good or what’s bad?

Solid wood and plywood cabinets. They’ll give you better longevity and crisper details than pressed wood. Walls at least ½-inch thick. They’re more sturdy. Consistency of finish. Lesser quality cabinets often have irregular finishes and colors from one cabinet box to the next. Full-extension hardware. It allows you to open drawers all the way and open doors almost 180 degrees to make access easier. Dovetail joinery. Or a metal box. Drawer sides and backs that are stapled together won’t last as long. For more tips on stock kitchen cabinet design (as well as custom) and installation see our Special Report: Before You Update Your Kitchen.

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