Cabinetry, plumbing, rocket science these fields always have their own language. There are certain words and terms that all others in the field understand, but the rest of us scratch our heads when we hear.
If you are considering a kitchen remodeling job in the future, and part of your plan is to replace your kitchen cabinets, you need to study up on the terms you should know to make sure you’re speaking the right cabinet language.
First let’s look at the types of cabinets
Stock – Stock cabinets are the kinds of cabinets you can find stocked on a shelf at your local home improvement store, or order online.
Semi-Custom – These cabinets are part stock, part custom. There are certain things you will be able to choose, like finish, color, hardware, but other things, you are going to have to deal with, such as shapes.
Custom – Custom made cabinets are just that, custom made to your specifications, down to the smallest detail.
Cabinet styles are generally one of two types:
Framed – These cabinets are a style in which the whole cabinet is created and the doors are attached to the front frame of the cabinet. Most kitchen cabinets are this style.
Frameless – Instead of having a front frame, frameless cabinet doors attach the door to the shelving itself, so when you open the door you see nothing but he items inside. These are often called European cabinets.
Next, is cabinet hardware for drawers and doors:
Pull – A pull is a c-shaped bracket that is attached to a door. In this type of door opening device you stick your fingers, or hand, into the loop and pull to open the door.
Knob – Knobs are generally round pieces that are attached to a door of drawer with one screw or nail (through the middle) and you grip them to open and close the door or drawer.
Now, you need to know about the pieces that are going to make those cabinets work, cabinet hinges:
Concealed Hinges – This cabinet hinge is, as the name implies, concealed. Both sides are attached inside the cabinetry, and no part shows from the outside. These are often used in European cabinets.
Exposed Hinges – This cabinet hinge is meant to dress up the cabinetry. All parts of them are on the outside and can be very decorative as well as functional.
Pin Hinge – This is a pretty common cabinet hinge design. It is created by attaching two plates to the door and the cabinet and using a pin to hold the two together.
Self Closing – This cabinet hinge has a built in mechanism that will shut the door when you are done getting things out of it.
Semi-Concealed – If you want just a little decorative accent from your cabinet hinge, this may be the way to go. These hinges show off a portion of their hinge, while the other part is in inside.
There’s a lot involved in creating the perfect cabinetry for your home, leaning the right terms and how to describe what you want to see in your new cabinetry is a large step towards getting it right.
Author Jennifer Akre, owner of many sites dedicated to indoor and outdoor home decor products and information, provides online consumers with advice on purchasing the right cabinet hinges for their needs and matching door hinges and concealed or decorative hinges.
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