Choosing cabinets for your kitchen is a big decision. Not only can they be ridiculously expensive, but they are also one of the biggest focal pieces of your kitchen. Plus, you’re probably hoping that they last for a long time. So, when making a decision on cabinets, you need to make sure that you get exactly what you want the first time around. That way, you avoid either hating what you look at multiple times every day, or spending thousands of dollars to replace them. In this article, we will break down for you two different types of cabinetry, so you can better make an informed decision.
The first type of cabinets that we will talk about, are wood cabinets. Wood cabinets are probably one of the most popular options on the market, and there are several different types. However, the most common consist of wood veneers that are glued to plywood or furniture grade particleboard. Some of your more expensive wood cabinets may actually be solid wood pieces. This option is great for when you want a semi-custom or custom piece as they offer a wide array of colors, wood grains, stains, etc. However, if you’re going for more of a stock choice, your options with wood cabinets will be somewhat limited.
The upside to wood cabinets is that most scratches/wear and tear can be easily repaired. With wood filler and a little touch-up paint/stain, you’re good to go. They can also be easily restrained or repainted down the road if you decide you want an updated look.
These cabinets have become a more popular option in the past few years due to people becoming more environmentally conscience. These types of cabinets are made from reclaimed, renewable, or some sort of recycled material. Most of these types of cabinets will only be found in a semi custom or custom line. This is because eco-friendly cabinets have a tendency to be more costly. But, you are reducing your carbon footprint. So, it may be worth the trade-off for you to choose this option.
These types of cabinets are great for a natural home. Combine them with reclaimed wood, or a fun back splash. If you want to become even more eco-friendly, pair them with an eco-friendly faux brick panel back splash. Faux brick panels act like the real thing, but are a fraction of the cost and will keep your kitchen looking great for years to come.
Laminate cabinets are made from layers of paper and plastic resin that are bonded together on plywood or furniture grade particleboard. They will come in a wide variety of colors and finishes, as well as textures. Laminate cabinets are by far the most affordable and durable material option on the market. They are resistance to dings, nicks, and stains. However, if they were to get a deep cut or crack, it is pretty tough to repair and would likely need to be replaced.
Metal cabinets are often composed of stainless steel veneers that are fastened onto plywood or furniture grade particleboard. You can also get metal cabinets with glass or acrylic panels that have been placed in a stainless steel or aluminum frame. There are several different types of metal cabinets and they are available in the form of stock, semi-custom, and custom. The great thing about metal cabinets is that they are sturdy, resistant to any form of stains or rust, and are in no way affected by heat or humidity. Unfortunately, these types of cabinets can be scratched and dented easily making them difficult to repair. They also show fingerprints. So, if you have a lot of small children, this may not be the option for you.
These options that we have listed are some of the more popular options of cabinets on the market. The best thing that you can do to decide what’s right for you is have a clear vision of what you want, how much you can spend, and realistically estimate the type of wear and tear they will receive. We wish you luck!