Everybody loves a bargain. But when it comes time to choosing cabinets for your new kitchen design you will need to remember the old saying: You get what is on your plate.
Kitchen cabinets made in China are becoming more popular due to their low price and ease of ordering online. They are cheaper than American-made cabinets, but they have a lower quality. This has huge implications for your kitchen’s long-term and short-term.
Here are some tips to help you choose the best kitchen cabinets.
Attention to the materials
Cabinets made in America are made of particleboard, MDF or MDF while Chinese cabinets are made out of plywood and are an important part of kitchen remodeling. This is the main difference between cabinets made in America versus cabinets made in China. Although this may not seem important at first glance, it can have a significant impact on the quality of your cabinetry over time.
Chinese companies do not use plywood as a cabinet material. Because plywood is durable and can withstand wet or moist environments, they use it. Unfortunately, plywood is made from thin layers of wood that are glued together. It is often made with formaldehyde which can weaken the glue. It is thin and easily breakable. Over time, it can also warp.
MDF (medium density fiberboard) is used in American-built cabinets. It is made of wood fibers, wax, and resin. MDF is denser than plywood, and it is the most cost-effective, high-quality alternative to solid wood. Solid wood, however, can be very expensive. MDF is stronger and more durable than plywood, won’t crack, and has a smooth, non-wood grain surface that can be painted to give it a polished, clean look.
Be aware of environmental concerns
China does not have many of the same environmental regulations as the United States. This makes it difficult to know what chemicals and glues are being used in cabinets. You should not allow potentially toxic substances in your kitchen.
The TSCA (Toxic Substances control Act) and PPA (Pollution Prevention Act), respectively, are safeguards that monitor chemicals that present a significant risk to the environment or human health in the United States. These regulations ensure that your home doesn’t contain toxic substances. China has yet to introduce regulations similar to these and it’s difficult to predict when and how strict they’ll be. There is no way to be sure that the chemicals used by Chinese kitchen cabinet builders are safe until these regulations are in place.
Chinese cabinets are made from plywood and must be stained. There are no regulations on chemical safety so it is difficult to know what products can be used to stain them.
We recommend American-made kitchen cabinets for their safety. American cabinet companies such as Medallion and Design Art, Crystal Cabinet Works and Wood Mode work to ensure environmental stewardship. They source locally and hold their workmanship to the highest quality. These companies will ensure that your product is safe and high quality.
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Pay attention to the little things:
American cabinets are made with pocket screws and glue. Staples are used in Chinese cabinets. Therefore, Chinese cabinets are not as strong or as durable as American-made cabinets.
It is important to make sure that the kitchen cabinets are cut or fixed on site when installing them. Chinese cabinets can be larger or smaller because they are mass-produced. They may also not have been as well assembled. Because cutting plywood is difficult and messy, cabinets can be more vulnerable to damage. American-built cabinets are made to order by smaller companies that have greater quality control. Even though American-built cabinets may need to be slightly trimmed for fit, MDF makes this easier and more manageable. The quality construction also keeps them strong.
Kitchens are typically remodeled approximately every 30 years. However, most cabinets at a low price have a 5-year warranty or no warranty at all.
American-made cabinets usually come with a lifetime warranty. If you need to replace the cabinets in a few years because of their poor construction, cheaper Chinese cabinets will not save you any money.
Although it might appear that American cabinets are similar to Chinese cabinets, if you take the time to examine their construction and understand their purpose, you’ll find that American cabinets are much better than their Chinese counterparts.
Before you make a decision about a cabinet manufacturer, do your research. Don’t just choose based on price. You can read their website to learn more about their finishes, warranties, and environmental standards. If possible, visit the site to see samples of material in person. The Kitchen Company offers trusted guidance and quality service.