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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Lower Wall Cabinets

    The thought of an open kitchen floor plan is becoming more and more popular. This floor plan consists of fewer cabinets and exposed walls. Some people may ask why that would become popular? Where would I store all of my dishes and utensils?

    Installing an island in the middle of your kitchen could serve as a replacement for those lower wall cabinets, but you may need even more storage. Purchasing furniture-style portable storage units may help in this case.

    Whether you are looking to remodel your kitchen, or want more options of rearranging your kitchen we recommend not completely eliminating all of the lower wall cabinets you may have, and here's why.

    The lower wall cabinets in your kitchen hide unwanted but necessary things in your home. Pipes, water hoses and maybe even wires are usually hidden inside of your lower wall cabinets. Without them your kitchen may start to look like a mess.

    Counter tops are installed on lower wall cabinets which makes for extra work space. Whether a whole family is preparing a meal together, or a social gathering has moved to the kitchen, counter space is important. Without lower wall cabinets and their counter tops, everyone would be crowded around one island leaving little room for activities and for guests themselves.

    Finally, if your home has poor insulation, lower wall cabinets act as a second barrier to keep temperatures out of your home. Lower wall cabinets can make a big difference in the temperature inside your home and possibly reduce heating and cooling bills.

    For more information on benefits of lower wall cabinets, or for help on choosing which floor plan style fits you best, contact Best Way Cabinets today! Call us at (800) 931-7594.

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  • KCMA Certified

    Did you know that all of our kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are KCMA Certified? The Kitchen Cabinet Association Certification Program assures that our customers are getting tested, and complied with rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Best Way Cabinets has put all of our kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities through 13 different tests and passed them all!

    1. Cabinet shelves and bottoms are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot to ensure no excessive deflection or joint failure on the cabinet or mounting system.
    2. Installed wall cabinets are loaded with 500 pounds to ensure that the cabinet will accept net loading in compliance with ANSI A161.1-1995 requirements.
    3. A load of up to 250 pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet fronts to ensure reliable front joints.
    4. A 3 pound steel ball is "drop tested" onto shelves, cabinet bottoms and drawer bodies to ensure cabinets will withstand dropping of cans and other heavy items.
    5. Cabinet doors are impact tested by striking the center of a closed and open door with a 10 pound sand bag.
    6. Cabinet doors are weighted with 65 pounds and operated 10 times to test the ability of door and hinges to withstand loading.
    7. Each door is opened and closed for 25,000 cycles to ensure durability under the stress of normal usage in a home.
    8. Drawers and drawer mechanisms are tested at 15 pounds per square foot and operated through 25,000 opening and closing cycles to assure durability.
    9. A 3 pound weight is dropped 10 times against the drawer assembly to ensure that the drawer front assembly will withstand the impact of closing.
    10. Cabinets are cycle tested at temperatures ranging from -5° F to +120° F to ensure finish will withstand temperature changes.
    11. Cabinets are hot box tested at temperatures up 120° F to ensure finish will withstand high heat.
    12. The cabinet finish is exposed to vinegar, grape juice, olive oil, lemon juice, 100 proof alcohol and more to ensure no appreciable discoloration, stain or whitening of the finish occurs.
    13. Finally, a 24-hour soap and water solution test checks the finish's ability to withstand exposure to detergents and moisture.

    For more information about the KCMA or the testing, visit their official website.

  • Kitchen Cabinets: 6 Tips You Should Know

    Are you getting ready to remodel your kitchen? Here are 6 things you should know before you start purchasing!

    1. Pick a certified brand. Look for cabinets certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association or KCMA. All of the Best Way Cabinets products are in fact KCMA certified meaning they have been put through rigorous tests of normal kitchen abuse.

    2. Personalize your storage. Today's cabinets come with many personalized options including roll-out shelves or trays, pull-out trash or recycable bins, open-storage such as wine and plate racks and others. Best Way Cabinets carries all of these user-friendly add-ons and more!

    3. Choose the right look. Whether you are going for a bright kitchen or a modern and chic darker look, the finish of you cabinets is important. Best Way Cabinets stocks light cabinets like Ice Shaker White as well as dark cabinets like K-Espresso.

    4. Think inside the box. Not only is the exterior of the cabinet important, but the interior as well. Look for medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or plywood which will make up most cabinet interior walls and shelves. Most of our cabinets use Grade-A plywood for the interior construction.

    5. Use the right screws. Be sure to fasten your cabinets to the wall with the right hardware. The last thing you'll want is a cabinet crashing down with your expensive dishware inside. Also, support wall cabinets just in case.

    6. Don't ditch your old cabinets. Look near your location for programs that will accept cabinet donations.

    For more information on kitchen remodeling and cabinets, visit our online store at https://www.bestwaycabinets.com/
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