Classy kitchen cabinetry can make any home look like a million dollars.
Because cabinets with some stunning storage doors are a key factor in defining a kitchen’s character, it’s important to pick up the right style. The kitchen style would be mostly defined with used cabinetry materials.
Kitchen cabinets take up much of space in a kitchen and the right style and matching color can make a big impact in the whole house design. No wonder, that architects, designers and homeowners know what they want when envisioning a completed kitchen.
So the most important part of choosing cabinetry — even more than style and functionality — is choosing the right material. Because kitchen cabinets take up well over a quarter of a kitchen remodel budget, let’s consider three most popular options.
- Medium Density Fiberboard: MDF is a high-grade composite material made from recycled wood fibers and resin. It’s CNC-milled under high pressure, often in one-piece frames with the center cut out for the recessed panel. Most cabinet makers in Australia use MDF for kitchen carcasses because it’s cheap, stable and easy to work. Even high end kitchens are often MDF under a fancy veneer. MDF attracts consumers because of its resistance to cracking and peeling — meaning it’s super easy to paint over. Plus, MDF is smoother than plywood.
- Stainless Steel: While stainless steel gives a kitchen a coveted contemporary feel, it’s somehow not as desirable as wood. Stainless steel is more commonly used in professional kitchens, but it’s hard to clean off fingerprints and scratches. Stainless steel doesn’t expand and contract like wood, making it a nice option for moisture-rich places.
- Plywood: If you couldn’t afford solid timber, plywood felt like a durable, reusable option. Plywood is a perfect alternative material to MDF, melamine, vinyl or laminate. Many manufacturers gravitate toward producing plywood cabinets not only because it’s a relatively low-cost material, but also because it’s said to have a higher resistance to moisture and greater stability than MDF. Each board that makes up plywood cabinetry is layered like a sandwich, with thin wood piles glued on top of one another. An exposed plastic laminate, wood veneer or thermofoil coats the outside for added protection. Plywood costs more but is generally stronger, more forgiving of water, holds screws better and looks more attractive as a raw material. You can also select low formaldehyde emission options. Birch plywood is a suitable alternative in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms due to waterproof properties. Richwise Australia offers a big variety of birch plywood.