Wood casework can be simply defined as aggregate assembled parts. It is also sometimes referred to as box making. Wood casework typically refers to box-shaped furniture, such as storage cabinets or desks. It involves assembling pre-manufactured materials, and they are often available in various configurations, materials, and finishes. They are typically easy to install and stay securely assembled due to the high level of skill needed to create these pieces. Casework has both aesthetic and functional roles when it comes to design. The design may be simple and straightforward or more complex and intricate. In this article, we’re going to discuss the benefits of modular casework, the production, price, fit, and installation time of wood casework.
The Important Role of Wood Casework
Benefits of modular casework
Modular casework is an adaptable semi-permanent option. Whether it’s built-in cabinets, bookcases, island drawers, or cupboards, there are many benefits of casework. These include maximizing your space, providing workstations, an ideal layout, customization, durability, and price. There is essentially no wasted space when it comes to modular casework. Modular casework, in particular, allows for more mobility. They can fit into smaller spaces and you have the capability to move and adjust them if you please. It can adapt to various designs and layouts. Additionally, the price of modular casework may be lower than that of traditional casework. All in all, if you know that your commercial workspace may need to expand or evolve over time, modular casework is an excellent option.
Production, price, and installation
When it comes to production, wood casework is most likely mass-produced. This production is based on standard measurements, materials and designs with similar parts. Due to this, wood casework is affordable, especially compared to millwork. If it’s a flat-pack or ready-to-assemble, it will be even cheaper. Casework pieces also generally tend to be more flexible when it comes to needing to move them or replace them. If you’re needing or wanting a more temporary solution, casework is a perfect option.
Wood casework standard
The AWI, or the Architectural Woodwork Institute, has created standards when it comes to structural performance and aesthetics in casework. The aesthetic standard makes up three categories: economy, custom, and premium grade.
When it comes to economy grade, it’s the minimum degree of control. It’s the most basic standard when it comes to materials and workmanship. This type of work is typically done in backrooms where the visual quality of it is not important.
A custom grade standard has a higher degree of control but still is not top tier. The materials and installation will typically be done in lower-traffic areas or where cost is a crucial factor. You’ll typically see this level of standard in classrooms.
When it comes to premium grade, this is the highest level of control. You’ll typically see these in courtrooms and high foot traffic areas. Companies that adhere to these standards will ensure they have quality and trusting relationships with their clients.
It’s important to also remember that once workers complete the casework, there needs to be an inspection. According to AWI, “this will double-check that the drawings match the results and that the result meets the AWI wood casework standards.” Additionally, having the inspection in place from the get-go will ensure that the installer is putting in their best work from the start.
The importance of casework
Many people tend to overlook the importance and meticulousness of casework, especially since it’s all done behind the scenes. A high level of detail and accuracy goes into the production and installation of casework. Again, one of the main advantages of wood casework and modular casework is their temporary nature, especially when compared to millwork. So whether you choose between traditional casework or modular casework, there are many benefits in doing so.
Additional Reading: 4 Examples Of Outstanding Wood Casework In Architectural Design (AWI QCP)
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