Create High Quality Cabinets in Your Kitchen with High Quality Materials
Since kitchen cabinets are such an essential characteristic of the kitchen, choosing the right cabinet style as well as material for your kitchen is very important. Kitchen cabinets are usually built using a wide variety of materials. Most homeowners aim for solid wood, but that is not always most affordable the option. The most commonly used cabinet materials are: MDF, plywood, particle board, and stainless steel. We will tell you what you need to know about each material so that you can make a more informed decision.
- Solid Wood: Solid wood cabinets are high quality and more customizable than any other material. Consider working with a carpenter who specializes in cabinet building if you want 100% custom cabinetry for your kitchen and you’re willing to pay a premium to achieve that goal.
- Plywood: Many people choose plywood because it’s cheaper. It has a higher endurance to keep out moisture and better durability than MDF or particle board. Plywood is available in a variety of types. Cabinet grade plywood often has a very nice wood grain that stains well.
- Stainless Steel: Adding stainless steel can give you a more modern feel to your kitchen. If your kitchen is prone to moisture stainless steel would be a great option. However, this option makes it hard to clean off fingerprints or any scratches.
- Particle Board: Held together by glue, particle board is the least firm of all the options. It is made from wood chips and is held together by resin. This material is often used on lower-end products because it does not stand up to the test of time as well as other materials.
- Medium Density Fiberboard: MDF is recycled from wood fibers and resin, similar to particle board. This product can be best compared to cabinets at Ikea. It doesn’t crack or peel, so painting over it is super easy.
Choosing the Best Wood Type for Your Cabinets
Budget plays a large role in the type of cabinetry you purchase for your home. Solid wood is more expensive, but lasts longer than other types. Particle board and MDF are much less expensive, but don’t last as long. If your goal is a short-term solution (3 years), then particle board or MDF will work for you. Remember, like most other aspects of homeownership, you get what you pay for.