Posted by Amy
on Jun 20, 2016 in Teknika Design Group
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When shopping in Philadelphia for kitchen cabinets you will notice that the price range is huge and yet the cabinets look the same except for style, wood and color differences. Designers might also throw out words like framed versus frameless, veneer, real wood, MDF, engineered wood, thermofoil, acrylic and more. How confusing! Let me see if I can explain some of the cost differences while defining some of this cabinet related terminology.
First let’s start with what Philadelphia kitchen cabinets are made of, and it is not wood. The cabinet box is made up of some type of engineered wood. Engineered wood is used because it lacks the expansion and contraction of natural wood and can also be stronger and more stable. Many types of engineered wood, such as plywood and medium density fiberwood (MDF), are used in cabinets. Within each type are varying grades that depict strength and overall quality. The quality of the engineered wood is one of the biggest differences in the price of the cabinet. You can use plywood in a cabinet and yet the strength and longevity of the cabinet can be less than other engineered wood. It is all about the quality, and unfortunately the consumer and even the designer is unable to see the quality. Price is a hint, but just a slight hint. The only given is that if the cabinet is really cheap, the material used to make the cabinet is really cheap and it may have a short life. (more…)