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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinetry Brand for Your Maryland or Washington, DC Home

Posted on: April 9, 2015

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When you enter a kitchen showroom, you’re immediately overwhelmed with glistening countertops, cabinet doors unmarred by dents and dings, spotless shelves, and perfectly functional drawers. Everything you see seems high quality, like it could belong in your kitchen, but looks can be deceiving. The next time you’re shopping for new kitchen cabinetry, choose the right brand by looking for these features:


Your kitchen has unique dimensions, and you have unique tastes. If you choose stock cabinets, you are highly limited in size, finish and style, but by choosing custom cabinetry, you have no limitations. Whatever size, style, wood grade, hardware, finish or unique feature you want is yours. Custom cabinets are truly made to order.

Quality Construction and Materials

Low-end cabinets seem appealing on the showroom floor, but they will barely last a decade if they are of subpar construction. Well-built cabinets, like the one by Rutt, are made from thick wood panels free of knots and scars. Cabinet hinges are adjustable so doors can align with the surrounding face-frame.

Drawer fronts are cut from a single piece of wood, and their joints are dovetailed at all corners for a secure fit. Drawers are supported by two side-mounted slides featuring nylon bearings for quiet operation.

These are just a few examples of the quality construction that goes into custom, high-end cabinetry.

Environmentally Responsible

Sustainable kitchen cabinets earn this title based on material and source location. For example, fast-growing bamboo is considered more sustainable, as are reclaimed wood and wheat board. Even raw wood materials are considered environmentally responsible if sourced from the right location.

Look for a brand that is certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association as meeting the Environmental Stewardship Program requirements. Stringent conditions for certification include complying with certain manufacturing rules, having corporate responsibility, and sourcing materials from renewable sites.

Market Access

Cabinets from some brands are available at big box retail stores. Others, like Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry, are only available through dealers and kitchen designers. Choosing a brand sold by a big box retailer limits your customization ability and could leave you stuck with a product that doesn’t perfectly match your needs.

It’s best to choose a brand of kitchen cabinetry available through a reputable dealer in your area, like Jack Rosen. You’ll receive personalized advice, selection from a handful of high-quality brands and the chance to make your kitchen remodel the best choice you ever made.

Custom Cabinetry in MD, DC & VA

If you’re looking for new kitchen cabinetry in your Maryland, Virginia, or DC metro area home, look no further than the Jack Rosen showroom. Stop by and view some of our cabinet and countertop options. To learn more before your visit, please contact Jack Rosen today.

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