Cabinets galore

Since we missed the sale on the Schrock line of cabinets that I had selected at Menards, I have been starting from scratch researching cabinet lines. I spent quite a bit of time online last night, and now I am more confused than ever! I am spinning in a sea of plywood versus particle board versus MDF versus veneers versus “furniture grade.” Cost versus quality. How do I find a balance? What I have figured out so far:

    * Screws, no staples or nails
    * Concealed hinges
    * Metal glides rather than plastic on drawers
    * Dovetailed drawers, no staples or nails
    * Solid wood drawers look and perform best, but you can use a wooden front and laminate
    back and sides to save money and still have the appearance of wood.

We’re aiming for an upgraded version of the semi-custom lines from one of the box stores. There’s also a local granite counter supplier that carries Armstrong cabinets. It’s not that close so it will be tricky getting there but I think it might be worth it. They have a special through the end of this month if you buy both counters and cabinets, and the granite seems reasonably priced. We’ll see!

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