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    Learn the Language of Kitchen Cabinetry

    Parlez-vous cabinetry? The language of cabinetry is relatively straightforward but the meanings behind the terms aren’t always immediately obvious. Below, find a quick reference for some of the most commonly-used term in cabinetry. You’re sure to be fluent in no time. Familiarizing yourself with some of the key terms will better prepare you to determine precisely what you want and to discuss your options with any of our helpful specialists.

    Common Industry Abbreviations

    As you check out price lists and item descriptions, you’ll likely encounter some abbreviations. These include:
    W3012 (wall cabinet, 30″ wide x 12″ tall), W361224 (fridge cabinet 36″ wide x 12″ tall x 24″ deep), WDC (wall diagonal corner), WBC (wall blind corner), WES (wall end shelf), WR (wine rack), WMC (wall microwave cabinet)
    B (base), DB (drawer base), SB (sink base), BBC (blind base corner), LSB (lazy susan base cabinet), BSR (base spice rack), BWB (base waste basket), NCSB (diagonal corner sink), BES (base end shelf), BEA (base end angle), TK8 (toe kick 8′), QRM (quarter round moulding), OCM (outside corner moulding), BF3 (base filler 3″), WF3*30 (wall filler 3″w x 30″h), CM (crown moulding), 30GR (30″ glass rack), PR3015 (plate rack 30″ width x 15″ h), DWP (dishwasher panel), RRP (refrigerator panel), VDB (vanity drawer base), VA (vanity), VA60D (vanity 60″ center sink), VA60DD (vanity 60″ double sink)

    Base Cabinet

    A kitchen or bathroom base cabinet is generally the largest storage area in the room, boasting an average depth is 2 feet. This provides ample room for pots and pans, utensils, and cleaning supplies. Base cabinets are located under the countertop and may have features such as pull-out trays to accommodate storage or recycling or trash bins. There are also base pull-out base cabinets that keep smaller items such as spices within easy reach. A blind base cabinet has an exposed side with a drawer and a door as well as a hidden side that is in the corner. We currently offer a 36-39 or 42-45 blind base cabinet. This range is possible because the cabinet can be pulled out a few inches to accommodate the necessary width. It is important to plan to use a 3″ filler for the cabinet that meets the blind base cabinet at a 90° angle. This provides enough room between the blind base cabinet and the adjacent cabinet so the cabinet doors open properly.

    Blind Corner Cabinet

    This is a term to refer to a cabinet that maximizes the space in a corner that transitions between two walls. Normally, when two cabinets meet at right angle, there is an area that either remains unused or is very difficult to access. Solutions like pull-out drawers or a lazy susan in a blind corner base cabinet can increase your usable space by a significant amount.

    Bridge Wall Cabinet

    This type of cabinet is located in between two wall cabinet units and are most often located above the three main working stations of a kitchen: the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator.

    Crown Moulding

    Cabinet crown moulding (also spelled “crown molding”) serves as a graceful transition between the top of a cabinet and the ceiling.

    Farm Sink

    A farm sink is deeper than an undermount or top-mount sink. There is generally no countertop along the front edge, which means that the person using the sink can stand right in front of the basin.


    A filler is used when there is space left over between a cabinet and a wall. There is frequently a little bit of extra space left over, either because a prefabricated cabinet is unlikely to fit a wall’s measurements exactly and/or when a measurement is slightly off. Fillers generally look like the cabinet itself and serve as transitions between the cabinet and the wall.

    Lazy Susan

    A lazy susan is a rotating circular unit for accessing items, either on the table for sharing dishes or in cabinets for storage and cooking utensils and ingredients. Lazy susan cabinet options provide pantry organization for corner spaces, allowing users to spin a tray for convenient access.

    Particle Board

    Particle board is a composite material made from sawdust and wood scrap and is one of the most commonly-used materials for the interior structure of cabinets. They are generally considered to the be lower-quality materials in comparison with plywood.


    Plywood is created by stacking thin, sturdy layers of wood (“plies”) and gluing them together. Along with particle board, it is one of the most commonly-used materials for the interior structure of cabinets. Nelson Cabinetry only uses plywood in its cabinets because it provides for sturdier design.


    Shaker cabinets, originally designed by the Shaker community for utility and durability, are among the most popular type of cabinets today. Their simple elegance make them the go-to choice for both rustic and modern kitchen designs. RTA shaker cabinets are a convenient and classic choice for a timeless kitchen.

    Vanity Cabinet

    A bathroom vanity is located beneath a bathroom sink, while this term does not apply to other bathroom base cabinets not connected to a sink. The main difference between a bathroom vanity cabinet and a kitchen cabinet is the depth, with vanity cabinets being 21″ deep and kitchen cabinets being 24″ deep. One of its defining characteristics is that it serves to hide the plumbing, and there are both traditional and double sink vanity cabinets. There are base cabinets with sinks in the kitchen as well, but bathroom cabinets are shallower and shorter than their counterparts in the kitchen. There can be crossovers, though, with the possibility of retrofitting a wall fridge cabinet into a “floating” vanity cabinet.

    Wall Cabinet

    A wall cabinet is a unit located above the counter space, versus a base cabinet which will be located beneath the countertops. Nelson Cabinetry sells 30″, 36″, and 42″ wall cabinets. The standard depth is 12″, though for some refrigerator models the depth is 24″.

    Zero Radius

    Most sinks are round and therefore have a radius, whereas zero radius sinks are square. It does not have a radius since it is angular, rather than circular, in shape. These sinks have a modern, industrial feel and match well with Shaker cabinets, which are also based on the shape of the square.

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