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Kitchen Cabinetry and Equipment Terms to Know
If you are planning a renovation in your kitchen, or are simply in the market for new cabinets, it might be helpful to brush up on some important terms first. The more you know about kitchen cabinets and equipment, the better prepared you are to select what's best for your home.
Carcass - If you hear the contractor or cabinet maker refer to the carcass, he or she is talking about the framing that is assembled as the unit's basic structure. It is also sometimes called the pantry or cabinet box.
Custom - Custom cabinets are designed and built to order. A cabinetmaker will measure your kitchen and collect information about the design and wood type you are looking for. There is no limit on size or shape when it comes to custom cabinets.
Refacing - If you're offered the option of a cabinet reface, it means that the contractor will remodel just the exterior of your cupboards. If you decide to reface, new doors, pull tabs, and paint can be applied to the front of your cabinets to freshen the look.
Veneer - Veneer is a thin layer of wood that is applied to a sub base such as flake board with factory equipment. The veneer adds a layer of reinforcement to the front of cabinets or countertops. Veneer is less expensive and also improves the visual quality of the kitchen.
Flake Board - Flake board is nearly interchangeable with particle board. It is made up of wood chips and shavings that have been compressed and bonded.
Some kitchen cabinet and equipment wholesale distributors limit themselves to the accessories and parts that are necessary for cabinets. This often includes countertops, wood doors, and hardware. Others wholesalers, however, sell a wider variety of options that include appliances, furniture, gadgets, and kitchen accessories.
Few homeowners will find that they can purchase enough custom designed cabinets and equipment to qualify for a significant discount from the wholesaler, so the companies usually focus on the products and designs that restaurants, industrial food producers, and home supply stores use. Depending on the manufacturers that make their products, the wholesaler might have can openers, microwaves, stoves, oven ranges, and other products listed in their catalogs.
Restaurants that need to equip their kitchens with cupboards, shelves, appliances, and countertops should consider buying from a wholesaler that can offer all of the products that they need. A company with all of the products that the restaurant needs can usually offer larger discounts because the restaurants place larger orders. A company with all of the appliances and gadgets that the restaurant needs can also create custom designs that incorporate all of the appliances and accessories into the design.
You can find more information about the types of oak cabinets, vinyl countertops, appliances, and other equipment that the wholesalers in your area sell by using the internet to locate their web sites. Many wholesale suppliers post their catalogs online, which makes it easy for potential clients to browse their products and determine whether their orders will qualify for commercial bulk discounts.