A coveted fashion label (and hefty price tag) generally implies high quality.
But regardless of the designer, itís important to check that the hems are firm
and the material is a notch above synthetic polyester. Cabinets work the same
way. When it comes to quality, check out cabinet components that generally go
Ask about the:
Drawer construction: Dovetail
drawers will provide the most strength
Finishing system: To properly
protect the doors, your cabinetís finish should include a moisture
resistant sealant, catalytic conversion varnish, and baked on coats.
Composition of the doors
According to the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, be sure to look for the
Is there evidence of cracking
of wood or delamination?
Are corners square with no
perceptible joint separation?
Are exposed surfaces smoothly
rounded with no blemishes?
Do doors align when closed?
Are hardware and handles
fastened securely and aligned properly?
Are all edges smooth?
Are screws, nails and
fasteners properly concealed?
Do doors and drawers open
smoothly and quietly?
Are the drawers removable?
Do the cabinets have a seal
certifying they have passed national standard tests ranging from impact
resistance and hinge durability to the ability to withstand substances
like detergents, vinegar and oil? The seals will have this designation:
Is the finish smooth with no
drips and bubbles?