cabinet construction

Cabinet Construction

What Counts is What's Inside

A beautiful, functioning cabinet starts with smart construction. The following overview provides an outline of general cabinet terms and cabinet construction options. Your designer will be able to answer questions about which options are available.

*Most, but not all, cabinet doors, drawers, roll trays and pullouts feature our Smart Stop™ closing mechanism. Consult your Schrock designer to identify if there are exceptions in your cabinet order.

Unmatched Strength and Access with Our Load-Bearing Back

Schrock's hefty ⅜" thick load-bearing back panel extends the entire width and height of our box, providing unwavering structural support for the life of the cabinet. Because of this unique cabinet construction method, in cabinets up to 36" wide, there is no obstructing center divider like other cabinet brands.

Standard Cabinet

  • ⅜" thick furniture thick board top and bottom
  • ½” Thick furniture board sides
  • ⅜" Thick furniture board back
  • Matching laminate sides
  • Natural Maple laminate wall cabinet top and bottom
  • Unfinished back
  • Natural Maple laminate cabinet interior
  • ⅜” Thick furniture board I-beam braces
  • ¾” Thick furniture board with Natural Maple laminate and PVC edgebanding adjustable shelf
  • Unfinished furniture board toekick required


  • Fully concealed, 6-way adjustable cup hinge with Smart Stop™

Plywood Upgrade Options

Schrock materials start with high-quality furniture board, a choice material commonly used throughout the cabinet industry, as standard. However, when plywood is desired, Schrock offers various options that meet your budget and project requirements.

  • Plywood Ends option (PE) for unfinished veneer plywood cabinet sides
  • All Plywood Construction option (APC), for unfinished veneer plywood sides as well as plywood tops, bottoms, back and adjustable shelves for highest quality craftsmanship.
  • Natural Maple laminate interiors are standard with PE and APC.

Standard Drawer

  • Smart Stop™ IHC drawer system allowing for easy access and self-closing*
  • Integrated hydraulic cylinder (IHC) providing a noticeably smoother close
  • Full extension, undermount guides with fast-clip removal system
  • 4-sided, clear-coated, solid material dovetail drawer box with laminated plywood bottom

Standard Door

  • Smart Stop™ integrated door system providing gentle, controlled self-closing feature that engages when the door is near the cabinet face frame*
  • Mechanism can be turned off with a flip of a switch

Standard Roll Trays

  • Smart Stop™ roll tray system allowing for easy access and self-closing*
  • Full extension, undermount guides with fast-clip removal system
  • 4-sided, clear-coated, solid material roll tray box
  • 5/8" nominal thick dovetail sides with 5.2mm laminated plywood bottom

Standard Pull-outs

  • Smart Stop™ Guides standard on pullouts: Base and Desk Waste Basket, Base Recycling Center, Base Pantry Pullout, and Base Box Column Pullout
  • Smart Stop™ on pullouts allow for easy access and self-closing*
  • Full extension guides

Construction Type

How a cabinet is built determines how it looks and functions. Hinges, shelving and even finishing options can vary greatly depending on the type of construction used. These basics will help you determine what construction type is best for you.

Door Details

  • Raised panel - The center panel of the door is elevated
  • Recessed or Flat Panel – The center panel of the door is set lower
  • Full Overlay – The door of the cabinet overlays (or covers) the entire face frame
  • Partial Overlay – The door of the cabinet only partially overlays, leaving part of the matching frame exposed