How are kitchen cabinets manufactured?

December 18, 2014

You use your kitchen cabinets every day, but do you probably don't know how they came to be. Read on for more.

How are kitchen cabinets manufactured?

There are many different factors that determine how, and where, kitchen cabinets are manufactured.

Here are just some of them:

  • Whether they are custom, prefabricated or semi-prefabricated.
  • The style of cabinet you choose – including the trim, inlays and finishes.
  • The type of material the cabinets are made from, whether it’s solid wood, particle board, MDF, plywood, steel or another material.
  • The design style (framed or frameless).
  • The company or person making it

A quick look at how kitchen cabinets are made

  • First, the kitchen cabinet space is measured; the type, size and placement of appliances must be taken into consideration.
  • Next, the wood, finish and other details for the cabinets are determined.
  • Once the order has been placed, the wood is cut to exact specifications of height and depth.
  • Cabinets are manufactured in various pieces — cabinet boxes, face frames, drawers, doors and shelves are each constructed separately and often from different materials. For example, even custom cabinets made out of solid wood will likely have cabinet boxes made from particle board, MDF or plywood, as that part of the cabinet will not be seen.
  • Kitchen cabinets can be made locally by a carpenter or kitchen design company, or overseas in larger factories.

Now that you have a better sense of kitchen cabinets' behind-the-scenes, you may be well on your way to determining a style that's right for you — or renewing your appreciation for your current ones!

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