Updating kitchen cabinets with crown molding
Many builders use these lower quality lines as the standard cabinetry in their homes.
The added cost for better made cabinetry is usually no more than 10%.
With these finishes only particleboard sides are possible.
Knowledgeable cabinet professionals usually agree on a few things.
Cabinet sides, tops and bottoms must be at least 1/2″ thick.
Base cabinets can have plywood tops or I beam construction.
The popular framed cabinet lines below CAN NOT be upgraded to this level and DO NOT meet these minimums: Yorketown, Aristocraft, Armstrong Cabinets, Showplace Cabinetry, Marsh, and Mid Continent Cabinetry.Expensive lines will have better drawer options but if the drawers are upgraded to at least a solid wood box and blumotion tracks the longevity of each cabinet line will be very similar whether you are buying inexpensive IKEA or very expensive Poggenpohl cabinetry.Popular frameless cabinetry lines are: IKEA, Kitchen Craft, Poggenpohl, Merit Kitchens, Pedini, Ultra Craft Cabinetry. The majority of the cabinetry coming from Europe and Canada is frameless.Even designing this way, the average lifespan of a well made frameless line is probably 20 years, especially if you are hard on things in general.With frameless cabinetry lines since the construction is nearly identical from line to line the construction quality difference between each European line is negligible.