Materials for kitchen cabinets and fronts
Are you designing your kitchen? You will soon be choosing the furniture! Bigger and smaller companies as well as building hypermarkets offer lots of possibilities. Of course, you can also chose furniture made on order. In each of the cases however, you should pay attention to the material from which kitchen cabinets will be made. Why is it so important? Because it influences the durability, resistance and appearance of the product and these aspects are important for every customer.
An overview of materials for kitchen cabinets and fronts:
- Wood – a noble, elegant and always trendy material. The furniture can be made of different types of wood: ash, beech, alder, birch or cherry to name a few (of course each variety has a different grain and shade, and these factors influence the appearance of the furniture). Wood is very easy to process, so it can be cut into any shape and decorated. The important thing is that impregnated wooden kitchen cabinets are robust, durable and resistant to damage and moisture. If need be, they can be renovated. They suit both traditional and modern interior design. Unfortunately they are very expensive, so many people simply cannot afford them.
- Medium-density fiberboards – are usually taped with PVC film or polished. It is a material obtained through mixing wood dust and chips with organic components, which are subsequently pressed down in a very high temperature. It is reasonably cheap and available in a wide variety of colours. Unfortunately medium-density fiberboard is not resistant to high temperatures and moisture (it is worth noting here that the polished boards are more resistant than those taped with PVC film and handle the above-mentioned “harmful” factors much better). It is also prone to scratches. However the low price of medium-density fiberboards is a great advantage.
- Laminated board – is a chipboard or MDF board whose top layer has been protected with paper impregnated with resin. Of course the paper is pressed onto the structure of the board under very high temperature. Kitchen cabinets made of laminated board are quite durable, resistant to high temperatures and moisture and they are quite cheap, so it is not surprising that many clients choose this material. They come in a wide variety of colours and have a different finish (matt, shiny or with a structure resembling wood).
- Veneer – the basis of veneer board is chipboard or MDF board, which is taped with a layer of veneer, in other words natural wood. Of course the whole board is then covered with polish, which prevents moisture and dirt from penetrating the structure. Veneer boards may have a matt or shiny finish. They are resistant, durable and quite robust.