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As you've probably already noticed, figuring out the best type of material for your cabinets can be quite overwhelming. Another material type on the list to choose from is laminate. Probably the most attractive features when it comes to this material is the fact that you can choose from such a wide variety of colors, styles and designs. Most manufacturers make a line of laminate cabinets so your selection will be vast. Another perk to this material is that it is easy to clean and will not be damaged by most household cleaning products. It is durable and even your kids will have a difficult time staining them.

How are Laminate Cabinets Constructed?

In high quality cabinets, typically the laminate is secured to the cabinet once the box has been constructed. The cabinet box is typically made of plywood, particle board, or fiberboard. The laminate itself is similar to the material you would find on a laminate countertop though for cabinets it is often thinner. It is created by fusing plastic resin and paper together under pressure and heat....Read Full Article

» Protect Your Investment: How to Take Care of your New Cabinets

So you finally completed your cabinet project and things are finally getting back to order. You’ve got all the dishes, glasses, linens, clothes, etc. to put back where they belong and you are ready to be finished. However, before putting all of your items back, we’ve put together a comprehensive cabinet care guide to make sure that you’ll be able to enjoy your cabinets for years to come. You’ve likely spent a good deal of money getting them to look just right so why take chances? Put the extra time in to protect your investment and you'll be glad you did.

Cabinet Cleaning Guide

When cleaning your cabinets there are some very important things to keep in mind to make sure you don’t cause damage. The first thing is to make sure you have the right cleaning solution. We recommend using products such as Spic and Span Pine Cleaner, Guardsman, Fantastik or Murphy’s Wood Cleaner. It is important to make sure that any cleaner you use is a mild detergent and does not contain ammonia or bleach as this will cause damage. This is especially true when cleaning the glass components of cabinets. If you need to clean the glass, make sure the glass cleaner does not seep into the wood. You may even need to remove the glass panels to clean them so that no harmful chemicals touch the cabinet surfaces. Further, when shining up the finish on your cabinets, make sure you don’t use a product that contains silicone as this will cause wax build up which hurts the finish and is also difficult to remove. To improve shine, we recommend products like Pledge or Lemon Wood Plus....Read Full Article

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Glossary of Cabinet Terms

Base Cabinet
Usually found under the countertops and sits on the floor
Bead Board
Wood paneling that contains parallel grooves (typically vertical) to give the cabinet added style and texture.
Beaded Door
Beaded styling on the cabinet door. Typically is found in the recessed panel of the door.
Carcass
Another word for the box of the cabinet
Concealed Hinge
A hinge that is attached to the inside of the cabinet door so that it is out of site
Custom Cabinetry
This offers the most options for style and design. With custom cabinets you'll multiple choices for wood type, shape, size, glaze, finish, hardware, frame style and more. This is the most expensive option when it comes to cabinetry.
Dado
A groove cut into a piece of wood that allows another piece to slide into it for a tighter fit
Dove Tail
A highly effective way to join two pieces of wood at a right angle without requiring screws. The male end of the board has multiple pins cut into it while the female board has a series of tails. The two are then joined together in an interlocking fashion.
Drawer Face
The front panel of the drawer box where the handle is attached
Engineered Wood
Not natural wood. This is wood that is enhanced for better structural purposes. It is also environmentally friendly since oftentimes it is created from the leftovers from other types of wood. Examples of engineered wood include particle board, fiberboard (MDF).
Exposed Hinge
A hinge that is showing on the outer edge when the cabinet door is closed
Face Frame
This is the outer frame that is attached to the front side of the top, bottom and side of the cabinet box. This improves the overall stability of the box.
Finish
The final layer applied to the surface to lock in color and provide protection. The protection helps sustain the cabinet's overall beauty and protects from sun damage and other normal wear
Flake Bard
Another way to say particle board because of the flakey nature of the wood in particle board
Flat Panel
Consists of a door or drawer where the center portion of the panel is indented or recessed. The recessed look can have multiple styles and shapes
Framed Cabinets
One of the two standard cabinet design styles. This style incorporates a frame around the front side of the cabinet box. This is the most common design and is also the most sturdy.
Frameless Cabinets
Also referred to as European style cabinets. With Frameless cabinets, there are no obstructions on the front side of the cabinet box allowing for greater room for storage. These usually require full overlay cabinet doors so as to cover the edges of the cabinet box.
Full Inset
Doors and drawers that are designed to fit within the inside edge lines of the faced frame opening. The outer edges of the doors and drawers will be flush with the face frame edges.
Full Overlay
This is a door type that covers the majority of the front of the cabinet box. Most common in frameless cabinets.
Furniture Board
Another way to say particle board
Glaze
Used to coat the cabinets to provide another level of unique style. Glazes come in a variety of colors and finish types used to change the overall appearance of the wood material. Glazes are designed to enhance the wood's natural properties.
MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
This is an acronym for Medium Density Fiberboard which is a manufactured wood product created from tiny wood particles and a bonding agent such as glue or resin. Since it is made with tiny wood particles, it is easier to shape as opposed to particle board which is made of larger wood particles. MDF commonly serves as the core material of the cabinet and is covered with laminate, thermofoil or melamine.
Melamine
A popular plastic material that is easily cleaned and is used to cover the door and drawer surfaces. It is adhered to the core of the cabinet which typically consists of particle board, or MDF.
Mullion Doors
Cabinet doors with a glass panel in the center panel of the door. The glass comes in a wide array of styles and colors to make the cabinet more unique...learn more
Overlay
A term to describe the amount of face frame covered by the front of a drawer or door
Partial Overlay
Doors and drawers cover only a portion of the overall frame. Good option to highlight the outer frame of the cabinet box since it will be visible when the doors and drawers are fully closed.
Particle Board
A manufactured wood product composed of small pieces of wood bonded together with glue or resin. This is the least costly solution for the core of a cabinet and is of the lowest quality when compared to plywood or MDF.
Rail
Horizontal pieces of the face frame
Recessed Door
The central panel of a cabinet door that is indented or recessed to offer a unique style and design
Reveal
This is the exposed portion of overlay on the front cabinet frame when the door or drawer is closed.
Semi-Custom Cabinets
Semi-custom cabinets are one step below custom cabinets when it comes to price and the number of options available. They are factory made versus being made by a specific woodworker. Given advances in cabinet manufacturing technology, many still offer a wide variety of options when it comes to selecting your cabinet style, size, shape, etc.
Soffit
This is the area between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. It usually protrudes out over the cabinets. Many people like to convert it into a shelf above the cabinets for added storage.
Solid Wood
Solid wood is different from particle board or MDF in that it is made up of multiple solid wood boards that are glued or bonded together. They are must more structurally sound and typically more expensive...learn more
Species of Wood
This refers to the many types of wood options you have. Species are differentiated by wood grain, density, color and more...see our wood species chart
Stile
Vertical pieces of the face frame
Stock Cabinets
Stock cabinets are the most affordable type of cabinets. They are usually found in places like Home Depot and Lowe's and are pre-made so you won't have as many choices in terms of size, design etc. Stock cabinets are usually made of wood veneer or a laminate material that is adhered to MDF or particle board.
Substrate
Refers to the material that laminate, thermofoil or melamine is applied to. It is usually made of particle board, plywood or MDF.
Thermofoil
This is another cabinet material made from heat fusing thin layers of PVC to a substrate. Thermofoil is easy to clean, durable and smoother than paint...learn more
Toe Kick
This is defined as the lower most piece of the base cabinet that is sunk in enough to allow someone's feet to go under if they were standing in front of the cabinet.
Veneer
Veneer consists of strips of wood that are adhered to a substrate such as particle board or MDF. The benefit of using wood veneer is that you are able to choose from the highest quality cuts of wood since you are not relying on its ability to provide support for the overall cabinet. Instead, it is just the outer layer used to add style and beauty to the cabinet...learn more
V-Groove
A type of vertical design in many cabinet doors. It is typically beaded or grooved and popular in bathroom medicine cabinets.
Vinyl Laminate
This material is used on the interior of many cabinets and is designed to be easy to clean and durable. Since it is a thin material it is easily applied to to various cabinet components and surfaces.
Wall Cabinets
Simply put, these are cabinets that are mounted to the wall.
Wood Grain
The pattern made in the wood that is influenced by the species of tree and its age...see our wood species chart