Buying a new kitchen, or for that matter any modern day piece of furniture, should be a simple and exciting time, made even more enjoyable if you involve yourself in the design, creating your dream kitchen or personalized piece of furniture.
A large part of how the final piece looks, functions and feels is down to the materials used in its construction, not only the timber portion but the hardware as well.
To build good quality functional joinery that will last the test of time one needs to know and understand the differences in materials available. This section of our site is committed to explaining some of these, and ultimately explaining some of the major differences one would encounter when deciding on which cabinetmaker to use.
There are two major factors to consider, strength and durability.
Strength: The overall construction should be strong enough to support anything put on top of it without twisting or sagging, the type of product and thickness of product being the most important.
Imagine if your kitchen was having big heavy granite tops with possibly on bench pantry’s etc sitting on top of it. You would want to make sure the cabinets supporting it up were up to the task.
The other consideration are shelf thicknesses, we traditionally use 18mm but where we consider a span to be too large we would ether add more support or increase the thickness of the shelf to 25mm.
Durability: What type of board product being used and the type of edging being used.
Note: We do offer a more customised version where you can chose a colour from any of the LPL range for the interior of you cabinets or ply with high pressure laminate applied over the top.
Others manufactures may use:
Drawers and cutlery inserts, hinges, sliding or bi-folding door systems and handles, all items that vary in both quality and price, and all play a large part in how well and how long your new kitchen or piece of furniture functions for.
We use a variety of different systems, hand selecting what we believe to be some of the best available. The following are some examples of what we use.
Sinks / Bowls
When selecting a stainless bowl there are many things to consider. The first thing we all tend to look at is its appearance, and from a design perspective this is very important but what about functionality?
These are systems designed to make accessing items in your kitchen / Laundry / Bedroom easier and utilizing spaces better. You know those hard to reach spaces, used to store items that you hold onto for one reason or another, but never use.
Like all our other hardware the majority of pull-out systems are European in origin and are worth investigating, there are some very clever systems out there that make use of spaces you would normally not consider usable or easily accessed.
Again, all the systems we use are of the highest quality and where required have integrated soft close as a standard feature.
There are so many handle manufactures out there the world is really your oyster. The quality between manufactures does vary a little and is something to watch, but generally it doesn’t matter where they come from. Surprisingly prices can vary allot from place to place for what seems to be the same handle.
If you find a handle you like please don’t make the mistake of thinking its only available from the one place, often the styles are repeated and we can sometimes offer a much more competitive price from another company.
Others to consider are recessed handles, extruded continuous handles or no handles at all. There are both mechanical and electronic options to actuate cabinet doors and drawers by pushing the panel, ideal for that clean minimalist look.
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