How To Build Kitchen Cabinets

Building your own shelves and cabinets can not only save you money, but give you an immense feeling of satisfaction. You don’t even need lots of experience to build a basic cabinet, just some free time, patience, the right tools and some handy pointers. Which is where we come in.

Your basic materials are up to you. Building the carcass – or cabinet box – can be achieved with any number of materials. Do some thorough research online. Gather tools from a reputable firm such as RS Components – click the link to see screws and other materials.

Base cabinet boxes are build with two gable ends (or sides), a back, top and bottom. Naturally, the width of the carcass interior is determined by the width of the top and bottom boards. Using simple butt joints, the gables are attached to the top and bottom boards.

The Back Board

The backboard is often an issue when building cabinets. Is it better to use simple mounting strips, a ¼” backboard, or full width material. The mounting strips are easier to fit, but the full back board makes for a stiffer, more secure cabinet. It also makes it far easier to mount to the wall, and more resistant to twisting (or ‘racking’) which is a distinct possibility when mounted – especially if the wall is less than flawless.

After you’ve built the carcass, you have two options. Firstly, tape can be applied to the front edges. Second, you can build a solid wood frame to cover the exposed edges. Both choices are popular. The frameless style is more after the European fashion, whilst the face frame is more associated with North America.

Before embarking on construction, do some research, especially if you haven’t had any experience before. If possible, take a woodwork class in the evenings. Although this may be an initially expensive outlay, in the long run you will be equipped to build all your own furniture – saving yourself a bunch of money in the long run.

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Buy Bathroom Cabinets To Suit Your Storage Style

If you aspire to a bathroom that exudes a state of zen-like calm, but find that day-to-day you’re bathing and showering in a space that looks like a bomb hit, be reassured that you are not the problem!

Whether you’re looking to create a minimalist oasis or a decorative delight of a bathroom, good bathroom storage is essential. You’ll never be rid of all that clutter (you’ve accumulated most of it for a reason, and bathrooms are product-intensive spaces) – but you need the right kind of bathroom cabinets to store it in.

So, think about your personal storage style. You may not have thought such a thing existed, but it does! You’re looking to find a balance between the kind of storage best suited to the products you buy and own, and the kind of storage you’ll maintain every day, so it doesn’t become as muddled as your bathroom surfaces are at present.

Large cupboards (normally at floor level) are ideal for bulky, packaged, unattractive necessities and cleaning products. Bulk packs of toilet rolls, multi-packs of shampoo… You need these things, but you don’t use them every day and you don’t want to be able to see them every time you walk in your bathroom.

Medicine cabinets and wall hung corner cupboards are really useful for storing smaller items and pharmaceuticals that need to be kept high up out of reach of small children; these types of storage fit into spaces that would otherwise be unused and wasted, too. The spaces over the basin and over the toilet are especially popular locations.

Drawer units are good for storing items you want easy access to: keep a pile of rolled towels in a drawer for instant access to a fresh, clean towel for unexpected guests and store small bottles and jars in trays in a top drawer, where you can see and access each individual item without any trouble.

Finally, tall cabinets are great as a combination solution: they take up minimal floor space but offer lots of internal space in return, and their internal storage can be divided into sections according to ease of access. Keep your less frequently used pieces at the top and bottom of the cabinet and your regular use items in the middle, where you can get at them without difficulty.

Thinking all the permutations of your household’s bathroom storage requirements through before you hit the shops will prevent you getting sidetracked by deals on cheap bathroom furniture that’s well priced but not right for you, or becoming waylaid by a salesman with an unsuitable product to sell to you.

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