Kitchen interiors are a big project and investment when you are building yourself a new house or renovating one. It is an area of the house that is used the most, and must be comfortable and convenient for anyone who will be working there.
While you need to make decisions on the tiles, walls, paint, fixtures, appliances and the like; kitchen cabinets contribute greatly to the overall look of the space. It’s vital to choose kitchen cabinet construction materials and colors wisely, for the cabinets must last for many years and also look good.
There is a large variety of cabinet materials, designs and colors in the market and it can get tricky choosing one that will suit your home interiors and kitchen. The cabinets from your neighbor’s place may not go well with your décor, so don’t try imitating. Also, usage plays a major role in deciding what material kitchen cabinets should be made of.
So here are a few tips to help you select the right material for your kitchen cabinets.
- Think of Durability
The most durable material for kitchen cabinets is hardwood. Solid wood like cherry wood, birch, oak or pine are popular options. Solid wood is available in many styles and colors and looks good with classic as well as contemporary décor. Its natural texture gives an earthy appeal to your kitchen. Cleaning it is easy too, but although the wood is long lasting, it is high priced.
Moisture in the kitchen is also not very good for this material. High humidity levels or termite infestations can spoil it quickly.
All kitchens and cabinets tend to face some wear and tear with time. So, your objective is to find a material that can last long despite the extensive use and presence of moisture in the kitchen.
PVC sheets are easy to install, termite-proof, anti-corrosive, water-proof, oil-proof, easy to maintain, and inexpensive. These composite plastic sheets are not available in a large color variety though.
- Personal Style and Looks
If you are looking for something very elegant and modern, you can open the door for glass cabinets. You will find options of opaque, transparent, and patterned glass. The price will also depend on the type.
Once used in professional kitchens, stainless steel is now gaining popularity in homes too. Stainless steel does not expand or contract like wood, it is durable, easy to clean and corrosion-resistant. Steel will also give your kitchen a contemporary look.
It’s critical to fit your kitchen cabinet materials in your budget; but keep in mind that low cost materials will probably not be of a very good quality and will not last long. You will end up replacing the cabinets after a while and spend more than you had decided.
Particleboard, for example, is a light and inexpensive material, but it is not dense and is prone to sagging due to moisture. Hence, it does not hold screws very well. Fibreboard is another material, better than particle board but still with similar pros and cons.