The key is dovetail joints.
The best drawers have solid wood sides and grooves on all sides to avoid any stapling. This standard should be expected in every category, even the lower price points.
Full extension guides are better than under-mounted
double rollers or integrated rail designs. "Soft close" drawers add value by preventing drawers from slamming shut. This can really make a difference over time.
A solid wood frame surrounding a wood or veneered plywood center panel is preferable. MDF or particleboard panels might work, but definitely avoid doors with laminate or thermofoil over particleboard. Keep in mind even very high end cabinet makers will use veneered plywood center panels if any paint or stains will be used. This allows for a more unified and seamless panel. Full wood panels can be beautiful if you are going for a natural wood look, but since they will not be uniform in the middle due to seams, they might distract in other designs.
Look for 3/4" plywood or MDF. Particleboard which is 5/8" or 1/2" will likely sag over time.
The best is definitely 1/2" or 3/4" plywood. MDF is OK but 3/8" coated particleboard or similar can cause major issues down the road.
All of us want our kitchen to be stylish; however it is the construction of your cabinets that will determine how long your kitchen last. Notice some of the building basics listed below.
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