How We Quality Certify Our Cabinets

March 9, 20162 comments

Load. Slam. Splatter. Clean. Repeat. As many as 25,000 times. In sunlight, heat and humidity. That’s the life of a cabinet.

Your kitchen cabinets are hard-working members of your household. And we build them to take the stress of family life and still work and look like new. But we don’t expect you to take our word for it.

national kitchen and bath association (NKBA) logoEvery cabinet we ship from our Connersville, Indiana, factory carries a little sticker with a big promise: certification by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA), assurance the cabinets will perform well after years of typical household use.

KCMA is a tough critic, and their certification process is tougher. Certified cabinets have to perform under rigorous tests performed by an independent third-party laboratory approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

silverware drawer open to show hardwood dividers in white cabinets

Open and close this heavy silverware drawer 25,000 times and it will still glide as smoothly as the day it left our factory.

Step 1: Selecting cabinets for testing

We begin by sending a selection of cabinets to be tested. At any time, a KCMA representative may also make an unannounced visit to our factory, selecting more cabinets for testing. Just a few of the tests the cabinets faces at the lab:

Step 2: Testing cabinets for strength

  • Shelves and cabinet bottoms are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot for 7 days
  • Mounted wall cabinets are loaded to 600 pounds.
  • 250 pounds is applied against the inside of the cabinet front.
  • A 3-pound steel ball is dropped onto shelves and drawer bottoms.
  • A 10-pound sandbag strikes the center of a closed door.

The cabinet is inspected for any sign of failure.

Step 3: Testing drawers and glides

  • Drawers are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot and run through 25,000 open-close cycles!
  • A 3-pound weight is dropped in the drawer 10 times.

The drawer and glides are inspected for damage or wear.

woman and small boy at center island in kitchen in older home

With this chef’s assistant, these cabinets (Austin Concealed Hinge) may have years of hard work ahead of them.

Step 4: Testing doors and hinges

  • 65 pounds is applied to the door as it opens and closes 10 times, then the open door supports the weight for 10 minutes.
  • The door is opened and closed 25,000 times.

The door and hinges are inspected for any wear or damage.

Step 5: Testing the finish

  • A door spends 24 hours at 120° and 70% humidity.
  • A door is put through 5 cycles of 1 hour at 120°and 70% humidity followed by 1 hour at -5°.
  • Vinegar, lemon, orange and grape juice, catsup, coffee, oil and 100-proof alcohol are applied for 24 hours, and mustard for 1 hour.
  • A door edge is exposed to detergent for 24 hours.

The door is inspected for damage or wear after each test.

Only when a line of cabinets has passed every KCMA-ordered test do the cabinets earn certification. KCMA certification assures you the cabinets will provide years of function and beauty. For more information on how our cabinets are certified for quality in construction and indoor air quality, see cabinetry certifications information.

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  1. Jane precious Reply

    Are the drawers soft close

    • CliqStudios Design Reply

      Hello, Jane,

      Yes, all CliqStudios cabinet drawers have Blum soft close glides, the best we can find.

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