Adjusting to the COLD!

As the temperature drops and the seasons change, we transition from our flip flops and sunhats to our scarves and mittens. In fact, most living things adjust to the colder weather in a period of transition. Some animals in the wild grow a thicker coat, others hibernate to sleep the cold away, and others still migrate to warmer parts of the world. Trees and plants transition as well, many shedding their delicate flowers and leaves as the frost and snow set in. But did you know, wood also reacts to the cold even after it’s been carved and set into beautiful furniture, cabinetry, and design?

There are a number of elemental factors that can affect wooden cabinetry and other pieces. As the seasons change and you have fluctuations in temperature and humidity, wood doors will expand and contract in reaction. But never fear! The changes are typical, minimal, and should be expected over time. Extensive research has been done to monitor and observe all kinds of conditions of expansion and contraction in different hardwood species. There is no concern of the wood warping in these instances – we only offer high-quality materials, and we would never recommend a product we wouldn’t stand behind and put in our own homes. There is a very simple and easy solution if you ever notice a door suddenly not behaving properly: cabinetry doors are specifically designed and installed to be adjusted as the seasons change!

Your new cabinetry doors have (typically) three hinges, and on each of those hinges, you have three different possible adjustment-planes in two different directions per adjustment: up/down, left/right, in/out. That’s 6 directions you can adjust to per hinge! As the door of your cabinet expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations, you can adjust it at any one of the hinges to bring things back to a proper balance. All it takes is a couple of twists of a handheld screwdriver if you notice anything out of line.

This is a great technique to keep in mind if you notice a door looks slightly askew one morning, or sounds like it isn’t hitting flat on the cabinet box anymore. It is not any cause for concern – it’s probably just the wooden door grabbing it’s “scarves and mittens” for the winter!

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