It’s the era of excessive choice. Right from the café around the corner, where your brain’s muddling between latte and frappe, with cream or without, brown sugar or white, hot or cold.
You’re probably faced with a similar problem when you’re choosing materials for your kitchen. Your interior designer is throwing a range of options at you and you’re not really sure what he or she’s talking about, even.
Here’s the ABCs of material options for your kitchen cabinets. Keep in mind, very often the cabinets and the shutters can be made from different materials.
the body or carcass of your modular kitchen. Durability, cost, water-resistance and aesthetics are factors to keep in mind while choosing cabinet materials.
These can be made of the following materials –
Pre-laminated particle board
These are particle boards that have a laminated surface attached at the time of manufacture, and the laminates offer a range of aesthetic choices. This is the most pocket-friendly product out there, so if cost is primarily on your mind, you’ll find that it suits you best.
Made from durable face and core veneers, marine ply tends to resist both de-laminating and fungal attacks, and survives humidity for a longer period, making it much in demand in the kitchen area, where ‘waterproof’ reads as a big boon. Used in the building of ships and boats, it is made from a better grade of resins and wood; you can be pretty sure about its durability!
One of the newest options available on the market today is wood-plastic composite, a material made out of a combination of wood flour or fiber and thermoplastics. It’s less susceptible to rot and decay, easy to maintain and is waterproof.
And then there’s always old-school. If you can’t resist the look and texture of wood, then go ahead and steel yourself for some amount of maintenance work. And know what you’re getting in return: the sheer classic poetry of texture and colour. Go for solid woods that survive endless amounts of wear and tear. Rubberwood is one of the more cost-effective and versatile options for a kitchen cabinet.
the most visible part of your kitchen, so you want them sturdy, yes, but also, you want them to look good. So, take the option of choosing a different material from that of your cabinet body, as you’ll find your needs are slightly different here. Factor in your theme and colour schemes, when you choose.
They can be made of:
Decorative laminates are machine-pressed onto MDF, plywood or particle boards. Laminates give you the most amount of flexibility when it comes to style, with a range of options from that coveted wood-finish to those bright, contemporary colours. You can also choose between a glossy and a matte finish.
If you know you want that natural wood finish but your budget doesn’t cover natural wood itself, go for veneers. Thin slices of natural wood glued on to plywood boards, they can be water-proof polished to increase their durability. Yes, beauty’s skin deep, but who says it needs to go further?
If you’re willing to cough up the high costs, go for natural wood shutters. Teak, rosewood and walnut look and feel beautiful, and can be given a water-proof polish as well. A less expensive option might be rubber wood. You can also cheat a little: use rubber wood, and then stain it to give it the look of teak or rosewood.
Shutters are painted with auto-coat paints and then covered in a clear polyurethane finish for water-proofing. You can really go crazy with your colours here, giving your kitchen a strong contemporary style.
PVC membrane laminate
PVC skins laminated on PDF, plywood or particle boards. This is a cost-friendly option, and the variety is, again, immense. You can go for a wood finish or choose from a range of colours.
Hope this helps you in making selections for your new wardrobe. For more information, do contact us on HomeLane.com so our experts can help you in any way possible!