Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

Brush up on laminate kitchen cabinet options, and be ready to add a sleek and contemporary design to your kitchen.
Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

This contemporary kitchen has a light and airy feel with the light wood cabinets and light green backsplash. The black countertops provide a nice contrast to the light colors in this space.

By: Sean McEvoy

If your goal is to create a sleek, contemporary and efficient kitchen design, you may want to consider laminate kitchen cabinets.

Sleek and Simple in the Kitchen

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Sleek Sophistication

White, sleek and beautifully simple are all words to describe this contemporary kitchen. Photo courtesty of Mark Lohman Photography

Photo By: Mark Lohman

Texture Combinations

A neutral backdrop is punctuated through the implied texture of a riff cut Walnut counter with a strong grain that continues along the top and down the sides. Photo courtesty of Mark Lohman Photography

Photo By: Mark Lohman

Adding Interest with Lighting

Colorful pendant lighting adds a visual punch of interest in the corner of this kitchen. Photo courtesty of Mark Lohman Photography

Photo By: Mark Lohman

Entertaining with Ease

The stainless steel cooktop is in the perfect location for mingling with guests while cooking. The design lends itself to easy entertaining. Photo courtesty of Mark Lohman Photography

Photo By: Mark Lohman

Green with Envy

Color pops are introduced through the sleek, vibrant stools. Photo courtesty of Mark Lohman Photography

Photo By: Mark Lohman

Laminate and wood are the two most popular materials used for kitchen cabinets, and they both offer a range of advantages and disadvantages related to price, durability and appearance. In general, laminate kitchen cabinets are chosen for more modern, updated kitchen designs.

As with wood cabinets, laminate kitchen cabinets can be purchased prefabricated, or you can opt for custom or semi-custom designs. Pre-fabrication is the cheapest option, semi-custom is slightly more expensive, and custom laminate cabinets will be the most expensive option.

One of the great advantages of laminate kitchen cabinets is the ease with which they can be cleaned. All you'll need to clean laminate cabinets is a water-based household cleaner and a damp sponge.

In terms of durability, laminate places second to most wood species. If a laminate cabinet is chipped, it can be difficult to repair, sometimes requiring the total replacement of a door or cabinet frame. Also, the glue that holds the layers of laminate material together can become loose over time.

But the slightly less durable nature of laminate cabinets is often overlooked, because of the final factor: cost. Laminate cabinets are generally significantly less expensive than wood cabinets, making them an attractive option for those looking for a contemporary style and operating on a budget.

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