The most commonly used types for cabinet boxes are constructed of medium density fibreboard (MDF), plywood, melamine chipboard, and sometimes stainless steel. MDF is a high-quality composite material made from recycled wood fibers and resin. Many people assume that kitchen cabinets are made of wood. While this is very true, you have to qualify for it.
Most cabinet stores sell those that are made of wood, but not all of them are made of solid wood. In fact, some don't have any solid wood components. Below is an overview of the most commonly used materials for cabinets and, of course, modern cabinet ideas that you might want to consider when remodeling your kitchen. Particleboard is one of several engineered wood alternatives.
It is made of wood particles and chips that are bonded together by adhesive and compressed to form panels and boards. Nowadays, many cabinets use particle board for boxes and shelves. Particleboard cannot be painted or stained directly, so it is usually covered with wood veneer, laminate or thermal foil. MDF is also a engineered wood composite that is almost as popular today as particle board.
The composition consists of wood fibers rather than chips and particles, but manufacturers also use adhesives to hold them together and compress them into panels and boards. MDF has a higher density than particle board, giving it a finer and heavier texture. Its main use in cabinetry is the construction of boxes, shelves and, in some cases, doors. As with particle board, MDF surfaces cannot be directly stained or painted, since they have no veins.
Therefore, they usually have a layer of wood veneer, laminate or thermofoil. Most people are familiar with plywood, which has many uses in the home. This kitchen cabinet design idea consists of thin sheets of wood called piles, which alternate with adhesive to bond them together like a multi-layer sandwich. Manufacturers vary the orientation of the pile with respect to the grain to make the resulting product stronger and more stable.
Plywood tends to be more expensive than MDF or chipboard, so there will be a corresponding premium when choosing cabinets with plywood. You'll often see plywood cabinets among the more expensive cabinet lines. The term “all wood” can refer to an all-plywood construction or to a combination of solid wood and plywood. Less popular than wood cabinets, metal cabinets, mostly stainless steel, are available from some cabinet manufacturers as a complete set of cabinets and drawers.
This is appropriate for modern kitchen styles and industrial environments. In some cases, cabinetmakers will offer wooden cabinets with stainless steel doors. Melamine is a chemical compound that has many uses, as a component for formica and kitchen utensils. Manufacturers fuse melamine resin and paper into a thin flat sheet, which is then used to cover the interior surfaces of chipboard cabinets to make them waterproof and easy to clean.
Another cover for artificial wood products, thermal foil is a vinyl film that covers cabinet doors, boxes and drawer fronts. Manufacturers apply Thermofoil to cabinet surfaces. Most cabinet brands offer Thermofoil cabinets, which are usually MDF or chipboard cabinets with a Thermofoil coating. There are four main types of kitchen cabinet materials you'll find for boxes and door fronts.
They are made of solid wood and artificial materials, such as medium density fibreboard (MDF), plywood and metal. Each has its pros and cons, and you'll want to consider how much they'll cost you, their durability and style, as well as the ease of installing kitchen cabinets before making a final decision. So yes, selecting the right material for your space can be a bit overwhelming. His love for interior design grew out of a childhood that he spent dreaming of strange and wonderful ways to renovate his grandmother's house in France (which involved the roof of a greenhouse) and spent time around attractive indoor plants and in a hard-working garden, which gave him a green touch.