Kitchen Cabinet Material
When preparing to renovate an old kitchen or install a new one, one of your first jobs will be to decide on the kitchen cabinet material you'll use.
There is a wide range of materials available for cabinetry ranging from budget-friendly to high-end. With a little bit of research, you'll be able to make this important first decision and be on your way to a stylish and efficient cabinet design.
The most common material used for kitchen cabinets is wood. However, there are numerous types of woods used that will change the look and cost of your kitchen design. Common woods found in cabinetry are oak, cherry, maple, mahogany, birch and pine. Stylistically they vary in their color and their grain. Oak and maple tend to be lighter in color, while cherry and mahogany have a richer hue. In terms of cost, pine is the cheapest cabinet wood you can use while mahogany is one of the most expensive, with oak and maple falling in the mid-range in terms of price. Durability of the various types of wood is also important to consider. Pine's budget pricing makes sense, as it scratches and dents easily. Oak and maple are very hardy, and mahogany ranks as the most durable among common cabinet woods.
Alternatives to wood kitchen cabinets include stainless steel, Thermofoil and laminate. Stainless steel is a durable and low-maintenance kitchen cabinet material. It can provide a more industrial, contemporary or modern feel to a kitchen, but the cost of stainless steel cabinets is significant. Thermofoil and laminate are more budget-friendly synthetic kitchen cabinet materials. They are surface finishes or veneers generally applied over a material such as particleboard. They mimic the look of wood but are non-natural materials that are more durable and are easier to clean than real wood.
Bamboo and lyptus are renewable resources that an environmentally conscious homeowner might choose to use in a kitchen remodel. These ecofriendly materials are extremely durable and can give a more modern feel to a kitchen. It should be noted, however, that they are costly materials to install.
Whether you are re-facing old kitchen cabinets or installing a complete new bank of cabinetry, the materials you use will go a long way to defining the design aesthetic of your kitchen, as well as the budget for your project.