Cases and Cabinets
Avoid items that are dressed up to look like heirloom or museum pieces, and concentrate on solid construction, says Marco Pasanella, a designer based in New York City. One indication of poor craftsmanship: Parts joined by staples or glue.
Where to Go
- For quality cabinetry at modest prices, try Room & Board (roomandboard.com).
- Gothic Cabinet Craft sells finished and unfinished pieces at budget prices (gothiccabinetcraft.com).
- The back panel offers clues to how well the piece is made. If it's fiberboard, you may want to pass.