New Cabinets? What are they Talking about.....

Have you recently remodeled your kitchen? Or thinking of doing this soon? Cabinet lingo can be confusing. I know, I say it all the time.

In the 18+ years of being in the remodeling business I know terms and talk about cabinets are thrown around and the home owner just typically nod "OK"


I am here to help with this talk, so lets talk Cabinets.


First off, there are over 9,000 cabinet companies in America. These cabinet companies for the most part sell directly to local dealers. These dealers usually will sell 2-5 different cabinet lines only.

Each dealer who sells you his preferred brand of cabinet will likely tell you theirs are the best!

Do your home work, and check out this link to see the actual ratings of cabinetry.


Lets talk terms,

In my opinion 90% of the cabinet you are shopping for will include these options, and these terms are standard talk for a cabinet dealer.

1. Dove Tail Drawer:

This is in reference to the way the box of the drawer is constructed.

Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. A series of 'pins' cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of 'tails' cut into the end of another board.

2. Full Extension Drawers:

Are your current cabinets over 20 years old? If yes, you are going to love this. Do you have a drawer just loaded with stuff in it, and you always need the item all the way in the back of the drawer, but you can never see it, let alone grab it with out taking everything out.

This style of drawer when slides out will leave 3"-4" of drawer still in the cabinet box, making it hard to get everything out.

A Full Extension Drawer extends all the way past the cabinet box. Making the hard to reach items a thing of the past.

3. Full Overlay Doors and Drawers

Older style cabinets typically show a style where you can see the cabinet box in between the doors and drawers.

Full Overlay will make your doors and drawers larger hiding the frame making for a cleaner more modern look.

There is no cabinet frame you can see between the drawers. This will be the same look for the doors as well.

4. Soft Close Doors and Drawers

This feature is becoming the standard for the most part in cabinetry. The biggest debate is what brand is the best.

Most reputable cabinet dealers will tell you that Blum is known for the best quality, and warranty on there soft close systems

This is a quick reference for you when discussing cabinets, and which feature to get or not get. There is so much more in the cabinet world to consider.

If you have any questions about your upcoming kitchen remodel, please contact us anytime and we can talk you through the process. And of course if you are looking to get your kitchen or bathroom remodeled, call us Blue Horizon Renovations for a free consultation.