July 23, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Kitchen Cabinets

When renovating your kitchen, it can be difficult to know which kitchen cabinet material to choose, as there are many options available. Knowing the pros and cons of each one can help you make your decision. In order to determine what is best for you, here are the main materials used for kitchen cabinets.

Mélamine

Melamine is a decorative paper mixed with resin and glued onto a panel of pressed wood.

Advantages

  • Low-cost solution, excellent value for your money
  • Durable
  • Many finishes and colours, including imitation wood
  • Easy to maintain

Disadvantages

  • Can be considered low-end
  • Sensitive to heat and humidity
  • Fragile to scratches and impact
  • Fingerprints visible on matte finishes
  • Difficult to repair


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Eurolaminate or European laminate

Several thin layers of decor paper are infused with melamine resin to create European laminate, which is more versatile and robust than melamine.

Advantages

  • Affordable, very good value for money
  • Many finishes, including real wood effect or granite texture
  • Durable
  • Resistant to scratches
  • Easy to maintain
  • Fingerprint-proof

Disadvantages

  • Sensitive to heat and humidity
  • Difficult to repair


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Polyester

Polyester consists of a melamine centre panel, then wrapped in polyester.

Advantages

  • Affordable
  • Wide selection of colours and finishes, including a beautiful imitation wood
  • Very durable
  • Good resistance to fading, scratches, impact, heat and humidity
  • Easy to maintain

Disadvantages

  • Difficult to repair

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MDF

MDF (medium density fibre) is a mixture of wood fibres bonded by thermosetting adhesives. It is normally coated with an opaque lacquer or with paint and varnish.

Advantages

  • Durable
  • Does not warp, smooth texture
  • Environmentally friendly, because there is recovery of unusable wood
  • Average resistance to heat and humidity
  • Fairly easy maintenance

Disadvantages

  • Very expensive
  • Fragile to impact
  • Difficult to repair
  • Solid colours only

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Opaque lacquer

It is made of paint in thin layers on wood or MDF.

Advantages

  • Several colours and finishes
  • Durable
  • Easy to repair
  • Easy to maintain

Disadvantages

  • Very expensive
  • Visible fingerprints
  • Fragile to scratches and impact

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Thermoplastic or polymer

This is a thermoplastic film moulded onto an MDF panel.

Advantages

  • Durable
  • Many pure and vivid colours, large choice of styles
  • Colour does not fade over time
  • Resistant to humidity, impact and scratches
  • Environmentally friendly and emission-free
  • No joints since it is moulded
  • Easy to maintain

Disadvantages

  • Fairly expensive
  • Low resistance to direct heat, such as toasters
  • Difficult to repair

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Acrylic

Acrylic kitchen cabinets consist of a panel made of MDF or wood fibre, covered with a methacrylate film.

Advantages

  • Durable
  • Wide range of colours and several finishes, including high gloss
  • Excellent resistance to heat and humidity
  • Insensitive to UV rays
  • Antibacterial product, very smooth surface
  • Easy to maintain

Disadvantages

  • Quite expensive
  • Sensitive to scratches, but can be polished
  • Fingerprints visible on glossy finishes

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Solid wood

This natural product is available in several varieties. Lacquer can be applied for a glossy appearance, but keep in mind that fingerprints will be more apparent.

Advantages

  • Very durable
  • Wide choice of species, models and colours
  • Resistant to impact
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to repair

Disadvantages

  • One of the most expensive options
  • Average resistance to humidity
  • Warping of the wood and change in colour are possible

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Wood veneer

  • A thin slice of wood is applied to an MDF panel. Some are covered with barn wood or recycled wood.
  • Advantages
  • Appearance of natural wood
  • Environmentally friendly, because of the reduced quantity of wood
  • Resistant to humidity and warping
  • Fairly easy to repair

Disadvantages

  • Very expensive, but less expensive than solid wood
  • Average durability
  • Colour change possible
  • Average resistance to scratches

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See also:

8 ways to modernize your kitchen cabinets

How to Paint Melamine

How to Optimize Kitchen Counter Space

 

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