At CliqStudios, we are committed to manufacturing cabinets of the highest quality, that will provide years of
service in a healthy environment. National recognitions summarized below testify to our success in those
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association (KCMA) Certification
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program certifies CliqStudios is manufacturing
kitchen cabinets and/or bathroom vanity cabinets in conformance with the American National Standard
ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2012, Performance and Construction Standard for Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Testing
ANSI designs tests specifically for cabinet certification. Tests are performed by approved third-party
independent laboratories. Samples for testing are selected in an unannounced visit to the manufacturing
Five Tests Measure Kitchen Cabinet Structural Integrity
All shelves and bottoms are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot, and loading is
maintained for seven days to ensure that there is no excessive deflection and no visible sign of joint
separation or failure of any part of the cabinets or the mounting system.
Mounted wall cabinets are gradually loaded to 600 pounds without any visible sign of
failure in the cabinet or the mounting system.
250 pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet-front stiles for cabinets with
drawer rails to ensure reliable front joints that will not open during stress in service or during
A three-pound steel ball is dropped from six inches above the surface of shelves, bottoms and
drawer bottoms to ensure they can withstand the dropping of cans and other items. After the
tests, the drawer must not be damaged and must operate as before the test with no visible sign of joint
separation or failure of any part of the cabinet or mounting system.
A 10-pound sandbag is used to strike the center of a closed cabinet door. The test is
repeated with the door opened to a 45-degree angle to test the ability of cabinet doors and connections
to withstand impacts. The door must operate as before the test and show no damage or sign of separation
or failure in the system.
Two Cabinet Drawer Tests
Drawers are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot and operated through 25,000 cycles. The
drawers must then remain operable with no failure in any part of the drawer assembly or operating
system, and drawer bottoms must not be deflected to interfere with drawer operation.
A three-pound weight is dropped 8 inches against the drawer assembly (box). After 10
drops, there must be no evidence of looseness or structural damage to the drawer-front assembly that
Two Door Operation Tests Measure Durability
65 pounds of weight is applied on the door. The weighted door is slowly operated for 10
cycles from 90 degrees open to 20 degrees open and returned to the 90-degree position. The door must
remain weighted for 10 minutes, after which the door and hinges must show no visible signs of damage,
and connections between cabinet and hinge and door and hinge must show no signs of looseness.
Doors are opened and closed through a full 90-degree swing for 25,000 cycles. At the
test’s conclusion, the door must be operable, the door-holding device must hold the door in closed
position, hinges must show no visible signs of damage, connections between cabinet and hinge and door
and hinge must show no sign of looseness, and other specifications must be met.
Four Cabinet Finish Tests
These tests create, in accelerated form, the cumulative effects of years of normal kitchen conditions of
pre-finished cabinets. Cabinet finishes are inspected to ensure that stringent standards of appearance are
A cabinet door is placed in a hotbox at 120° F and 70% relative humidity for 24 hours.
After this test the finish must show no appreciable discoloration and no evidence of blistering, checks,
or other film failures.
A cabinet door is placed in a hotbox at 120° F and 70% relative humidity for one hour,
removed and allowed to return to room temperature and humidity conditions, and then placed in a
cold box for one hour at -5° F. The cycle is repeated five times. The finish must then show
no appreciable discoloration and no evidence of blistering, cold checking or other film failure.
Exterior exposed surfaces of doors, front frames, drawer fronts and end panels are subjected to
vinegar, lemon, orange and grape juices, tomato catsup, coffee, olive oil, and 100-proof alcohol for
24 hours and to mustard for one hour. After this test, the finish must
show no appreciable discoloration, stain, or whitening that will not disperse with ordinary polishing
and no indication of blistering, checks, or other film failure.
A cabinet door edge is subjected to exposure to a standardized detergent formula for 24
hours. The door edge must then show no delamination or swelling and no appreciable
discoloration or evidence of blistering, checking, whitening, or other film failure.
CliqStudios cabinets have passed the above ANSI (American National Standards Institute) A161.1 performance
and construction tests for kitchen and vanity cabinets. The tests listed above are performed by approved
third-party independent laboratories. The program is referenced by U.S. government agencies,
architects, builders, remodelers and other specifiers. Cabinets that comply and bear the certification seal
are recognized in the marketplace as a quality product able to perform after a rigorous battery of tests
simulating years of typical household use.
Carb 2 Compliant – Protecting Indoor Air Quality
In April 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a department of the California Environmental
Protection Agency, voted to implement new limits for formaldehyde emitted from composite wood panels. The
first phase, known as CARB Phase 1, was implemented in January 1, 2009. The final phase will be in place by
2012, the regulation will establish the toughest production standard in the world for formaldehyde emissions
from composite wood panels. California’s environmental protection regulations are among the most stringent
and rapidly evolving in the nation.
The California regulation governs the formaldehyde in both raw composite wood panels and finished
products sold or used in California. Both imported and domestic products are regulated, and must be
third-party certified and clearly labeled to indicate they meet California’s requirements. The new
requirements set upper limits on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products sold in California
or used to make finished goods offered for sale in California. The first phase of the regulation, known
as CARB Phase 1, took effect on January 1, 2009. All CliqStudios Cabinetry products are 100%
compliant with CARB Phase 1 and CARB Phase 2 defined guidelines of composite wood products.