Cabinets Explained! – Suffolk Latch Company


Cabinets Explained!


Cabinets are effectively pieces of furniture made up of drawers and shelves and are used mainly for storing miscellaneous items such as paperwork, stationery and other random household items. They are an extremely useful and tidy way of keeping your things out of the way. If its a valuable item that you're putting away into a drawer that you intend on locking, then using escutcheons to cover the keyhole is a good way to add some decoration to the design. Keyhole covers are a popular choice for locking systems like this because they add elegance to your product.

With the industrial revolution and the application of steam power, mass production techniques were applied to most aspects of cabinet making, and the traditional "cabinet shop" ceased to be the main source of furniture. Along with this evolution, the demand for finely made furniture grew in most industrialised countries. This, of course, resulted in the growth of cabinet makers. The 'arts and craft movement' which started in the UK in the 19th century sparked a market for traditional craft goods, which spread across to the US and to every company within the British Empire. 

Different Types of Design

Mission Style                                                                                                                                                                                       

Mission design is characterised by straight, thick, horizontal and vertical lines and flat panels. The most common material used in mission furniture is oak. For early cabinetmakers, the material of choice was white oak, which was then darkened by 'fuming'. It is a style that became popular in the early 20th century.


Otherwise known as Asian design, this style of furniture is recognised by its use of materials such as bamboo or rattan. Red is a frequent colour choice along with Chinese language characters on the pieces.


The rustic style of design is otherwise known as log furniture and is the least finished. It also often uses whole logs or branches, including the bark of the tree. Rustic furniture is often made from pine, fir, spruce and cedar.


A built-in cabinet is usually custom made for a particular situation and fix into position, either on the floor or against a wall. They are becoming increasingly common in modern houses. Free standing cabinets are available as off the shelf items and can be moved from place to place if required. These cabinets may be wall hung or suspended from above. Cabinets either have a face frame or can be of European style (frameless construction). Face frame cabinets have a supporting frame attached to the front of the cabinet box and mounted onto the frame is the cabinet door. A popular choice of handle for cabinet doors are either small door pulls or knobs, although we find it is also very common for people to want to use cup pulls. Our cup pulls come in a varied range of designs, with two main colours: black and antique iron.



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