A classy cabinet can impart a rich character to any room. This holds especially true for a kitchen, whose spirit can be defined by the presence of a stylish cabinet. It can also serve as an indicator of what you can expect throughout the house. Therefore, it is important to choose the right style when it comes to your kitchen cabinet.
Cabinetry may feel apparent and on the surface when compared to the structure of the building. Remember that a kitchen cabinet can occupy about a quarter of all kitchen space. This means it is very important that proper research is done before you choose the style and texture of a cabinet. Above all, the material of the cabinet has to be chosen carefully, because it dictates both quality and functionality.
A large number of architects and homeowners advocate the use of solid wood for the purpose of cabinet making. Though wood is a great material, it does have a handful of disadvantages. It expands and contracts based on the environment, and hence is not preferable for countertops, flooring applications or kitchen cabinetry. Whenever wooden material is used, that is because it is cheap and reliable. Instead, the most commonly used material for cabinets is medium density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard with melamine, plywood, and even stainless steel on occasion.
Apart from the external appearance of cabinets, it is also important to pay close attention to the quality of the doors. Below is a discussion about the major cabinet construction materials.
Medium Density Fiberboard
This is a high-grade material, which is a composite of recycled wood fibers and resin. It is shaped through CNC milling under immense pressure. It is often available in framed pieces with a space allotted for the central panel. This heavy and dense product is chosen by many people across the world. The best thing about MDF is that it is highly resistant to peeling and cracking, making it easy to paint over. The chosen paint can be rich, which would easily achieve and exude the feel you want in your kitchen. Besides, the material is smoother than plywood, making it easy to use.
Plywood is one of the most preferred cabinet-making materials in the world. This is because it is very budget-friendly and is said to have a higher resistance to moisture. Some experts claim that it is better than MDF in terms of stability. The build of plywood is similar to that of a sandwich, in that there are several layers of wood plies adhered to each other. Furthermore, its external layer is composed of wood veneer and exposed plastic laminate, for final protection.
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