Aug 12, 2020
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right
cabinetry material for your kitchen. Budget, aesthetics, cleaning
requirements and durability are just a few. In this episode,
Frances outlines seven different materials to consider and some of
the reasons they would work well in your kitchen, or if you may
need to think about something different to meet your needs.
Often people resort to the products they know, rather than being
aware of all that’s available and selecting a product that will
really work for them and their lifestyle. This episode will arm you
with information on the many options out there.
Finally, Frances chats about kickers and how they can be
approached in the design of your kitchen.
There are many factors to consider in terms of what you
choose for your Forever Home Kitchen and how it’s going to serve
you as you need it to.
- Durability- invest in products that are going to last
- Aesthetic- The type of door profile that you choose can impact
the type of material you can choose for your kitchen cabinetry
- Door design and profile
- Cleaning Requirements
Types of Cabinet Materials
- Has a hardened surface- it won’t peel
- There’s a wide range of colours to choose from
- Available in different sheen levels- matte, satin and
- No edging as the paint wraps around the door front and
- Wraps seamlessly around the corners
- It is available in any door profile
- Tight and crisp edging
- Can chip easily, particularly if you are using a fingerless
- Not suggested for family kitchens or those with heavy user
Has had a bad reputation during the nineties for peeling
particularly cupboards close to heat sources. However, because of
technology improvements it has also improved significantly over the
- Vacuum sealed
- Has great durability
- Ideal for family kitchen as less susceptible to chipping
- Available in multiple array of door profiles
- It wraps around the door edging providing a seamless edge
- Profile doors may not have profiles as sharp as with 2Pac
- Not suitable for particularly high cabinetry doors because it
can warp overtime
- Available in different finishes- natural, satin, gloss, matte,
fingerprint and chemical resistant finishes, wood grain or embossed
- Can be cost-effective depending on the finish you are
- It is available with a matching ABS edging tape to match the
- It comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes
- Unlike 2Pac and Thermal wrap, it doesn’t wrap around the door
front for seamless edging.
A premium product that has a very thin slice of real timber on
furniture grade MDF.
- Sustainable and natural product.
- High-end premium product - requires a higher budget for
- It is not as durable as other materials, as it can absorb
- Higher maintenance than other products as needs gentle
- Can scratch more easily than other products.
Dekton by Cosentino is a product that can be used for anything.
From floors to façades to benchtops and cabinetry fronts.
- Pretty much indestructible
- Graffiti proof- Your kids can draw all over it
- Very Durable
- Sun resistant.
- Suitable for outdoors
- Comes in different industrial style finishes- iron, burnished
- Higher price point compared to thermal wrap and laminate
- Can break up the aesthetic of solid cabinetry fronts.
- Appealing for those who wish to showcase cupboard contents
- Glass comes in various types for different looks eg, clear,
- Not great if you want to hide cupboard contents
- Can be expensive
- Requires frequent cleaning - streaking
Kickers are the piece of material that runs from the bottom of
the cupboard to the floor. They are generally between 100 and 150
mm high and rebated back from the cabinetry front.
- Different materials can create a different aesthetic and
contrast to the cabinetry.
- Some considerations: Stainless steel, stone, thermal wrap, 2Pac
Small changes to your home’s floor plan can completely
revolutionise its functionality. A ‘sanity check’ can give you
incredible inspiration or confirm you’re on the right track with
your new build or renovation.
Floor Plan Sanity Check with us and have one of our team look
over your plans.
Overwhelmed by the amount of decisions that need to be made when
creating a stylish, functional and durable kitchen? What materials
to select, what colours will co-ordinate together, what design is
going to best suit the space, and your requirements.
We offer kitchen design packages that include joinery design and
material selections for a complete kitchen design. Click the link
here to find more.
If you’re thinking about renovating or building your own
“Forever Home”, get in touch with Frances directly, by booking a chat
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