Tips to Choose the Right Kitchen Materials

Selecting the perfect materials for your kitchen cabinetry is crucial in creating a functional and visually appealing kitchen. Kitchen cabinets go beyond mere storage; they contribute significantly to your kitchen’s overall look and feel. Whether you want to enhance the aesthetics or increase storage capacity, striking a balance between style and functionality is essential.

When choosing materials for your kitchen cabinets, durability is vital. Because of daily use and wear and tear, you need materials that can withstand the test of time.

Here are some factors you need to consider when making decisions about cabinet materials:

  • Styles and Trends: Understand the style you prefer and what works for your home. This knowledge will guide you in choosing the most appropriate cabinet style and material for your kitchen.
  • Consider Colours and Tones: Harmonising your cabinet colours and tones with your existing home decor is vital for creating a cohesive look. The goal is to create a harmonious blend that complements the overall design of your space.
  • Explore Material Options: Today’s cabinetry offers three primary material options: pre-finished, post-finished, and solid timber. Each material has its unique characteristics and benefits. Speak with professionals in the industry to see which works best for you.
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Pre-finished Material

Pre-finished materials include options like melamine, acrylics, and pre-finished veneer. These materials have surfaced already attached to the substrate before arriving at our factory. Once here, the boards are precisely cut to size and skilfully edged using an edge bander. It’s worth noting that the quality of the finished product can vary based on the fabricators’ choice of edge bander and glue type.

They are relatively durable and resilient, making them an excellent choice for Modern Luxe, Industrial, and Minimalist kitchen designs. These materials come in various finishes, such as matte, semi-gloss, and high gloss, offering options to fit your taste. An extensive selection of solid colours, woodgrain patterns, and metallic shades are also available.

Post-finished Material

2-pac (acrylic paint) and vinyl are post-finished materials, as the doors are cut into desired shapes, patterns, and sizes before the final finish is applied. To ensure an even application of 2-pac and vinyl, the substrate used is typically Raw MDF or Paint Grade Satin MDF.

One notable characteristic of post-finished materials is that they don’t require additional edging and can incorporate routed patterns. While vinyl offers a limited colour range, it can be finished with woodgrain door patterns. On the other hand, 2-pac boasts a wide array of colours, as it can be customised to any paint colour. Moreover, customers can choose from different finishes, such as high gloss, semi-gloss, and satin (which have a near-matte appearance).

Durability can vary significantly between 2-pac and vinyl. Vinyl is highly resilient and can withstand heavy use, but over time, it may start to peel, particularly in areas exposed to heat, such as around the oven or above the cooktop. Conversely, 2-pac can be prone to chipping, similar to the acrylic paint used on cars.