Kitchen Cabinet Building: How Long Can I Expect Cheap Cabinets to Last?

The quality of the construction methods when kitchen cabinet building can affect the life span of your cabinet more than the materials. How long cheap cabinets last depends on how well they are maintained, and how much they are exposed to moisture and heat. Cabinets made of untreated or unsealed particleboard, and used in a kitchen with a poorly vented stove, may not last more than a year. Condensation and moisture from cooking will quickly cause the particleboard to swell and degrade. Yet, if properly maintained, in a well-ventilated environment, and not exposed to heat, abuse or moisture, cheap cabinets can last for decades.