Kitchen Remodeling San Jose: The Solera Group
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Kitchen Cabinet Shelf Construction
An entire post devoted to the construction of cabinet shelves? Why? They’re just shelves?
Have you noticed how shelves in modern cabinets start to sag after some number of months of use? The reason they do is because they’re crappy shelves, so yes, this entire post is devoted to the subject of kitchen cabinet shelves.
What makes shelves solid or crappy (the opposite of solid) is thickness and bracing.
Kitchen Cabinet Shelf Materials
Cabinet shelves are made exclusively from MDF, fiberboard, or plywood. I personally prefer plywood as it has less bend to it because of the way it’s constructed (adjacent layers of ply run in opposite directions), but plywood that is too thin is will also sag, just not as much as MDF or fiberboard of the same thickness.
Kitchen Cabinet Bracing
The biggest advantage of thick shelving is it stays flat when braced only on the edges. This means you can change the height easily by moving the pegs that support it.
When the shelving is too thin you need bracing on three sides which is permanently installed against the cabinet walls and the height of those shelves is fixed.
Roll Out Shelves
For bottom cabinets where we store larger pots and pans, nothing beats roll out shelves. You give up some storage space as the trays and their rolls take it up, but the ease of getting stuff in and out more than compensates.
Roll out shelves are also called slide out shelves and they can be retrofitted into existing cabinets.
If you’re interested in installing slide out shelves in your existing cabinets, Google for “slide out shelves retrofit” and you should find a wealth of information.
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