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What Makes up a High-Quality Kitchen Cabinet: A Quick Guide

When building their dream kitchens, homeowners often look at the price tags of kitchen cabinets and other appliances. Some people equate high prices with quality, but this is not always the case. So how do we define high-quality, and what characteristics should you look for to consider an investment a good one?

Here are some pointers to remember when it comes to kitchen cabinets.

Define a High-Quality Kitchen Cabinet

  • Full Plywood Sides and Backs

Kitchen cabinet boxes are made of two materials: plywood and particleboard. You know that your kitchen cabinet is high-quality if it is made from all-plywood material.

This type of cabinet is much better than particleboard because it is stronger and more durable. This feature is necessary because the kitchen is an area with a lot of traffic, and the cabinets will have heavy items to carry.

High-quality plywood kitchen cabinets will also be free of knots and cracks.

  • Full Back Panels

Look for full-back panels in high-quality plywood kitchen cabinets. Some cabinets have full-back panels but particleboard sides and corners. That's not a big deal if the manufacturer can use high-quality plywood.

With this high-quality back panel, you can guarantee that your cabinets will not fall off the wall. And you would not have to worry about your kitchen cabinet doors becoming loose because of the back panel.

  • Use of Drawer Glides

Drawer glides are also an important feature you should look for in high-quality kitchen cabinets. They will prevent your kitchen cabinets from shaking when you open and close them.

This feature is also helpful in keeping your kitchen cabinets from getting damaged. As to the drawers, you may want to consider installing drawer glides on your own if the manufacturer did not install them.

High-quality kitchen cabinets come with wood block drawer slides or ball-bearing glides.

Adjustable Shelves

High-quality cabinets will also have adjustable shelves. Manufacturers may allow you to customize the height of your cabinets to fit your needs.

Solid Hardwood Face Frames

When it comes to cabinet face frames, you want them of solid wood. That is because particleboard is not as tough as plywood and is not durable.

Solid hardwood kitchen cabinet face frames help your cabinets remain sturdy, with smooth joints between the door and the face frame. This face frame is also resistant to moisture, water, and heat.

You should also ensure that the cabinet doors, face frame, and boxes are aligned. Too much play between these parts will result in a loose kitchen cabinet.


Investing in high-quality kitchen cabinets will ensure you get the best value for your money. It will also make your kitchen look stylish and elegant.

Find more quality kitchen cabinet designs when you visit Habitat by Aeon. We specialize in design and installation for residential, multi-family, condominium, and hospitality projects in Canada. Contact us to help you get started.



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