Choosing the material your cabinet doors are to be made of may seem like a difficult task. There are various types of wood, metal, plastic and glass to choose from. While you may not have a problem deciding if you want metal, glass, wood or plastic, it may be the more detailed decisions that slow you down.
For kitchens many people want wood. But they aren’t sure what kind of wood to get. First, do you want solid wood or a lighter wood? Part of the decision in this will be weight. The other will be price. To get cabinets of oak, cherry or other very solid woods, you are going to have to make sure you have cabinet door hinges and other hardware pieces that can handle them.
Additionally, solid wood cabinets, especially the more exotic woods, have a price tag to go with the quality of the wood. They are more expensive than some of the other cabinetry options.
If you don’t want the larger cabinet door hinges and other hardware pieces that will be necessary to hold those heavier doors up, you may have to settle for a different kind of wood. Many cabinets are made of woods like plywood and particleboard. I know what you’re thinking. A lot of people immediately draw back hearing of cabinets made this way, but you have to give it a chance. We’re not talking about a rough cut piece of plywood that’s stuck to a door frame. We’re talking about a piece of wood cut to the perfect shape and either finished and stained or veneered to give off a sufficiently classy look to your cabinetry.
There are a lot of pros to these kinds of cabinets. First, they are generally lighter than some of the thicker, solid wood cabinets. That means you get more selection in your cabinet door hinges and can move out of the industrial, heavy-weight cabinet door hinges that you would have to use on a set of big cherry cabinet doors, and instead use more decorative cabinet door hinges to even add an extra air of style to your cabinetry.
When it comes to particleboard many people worry that it’s not strong enough to hold up to daily usage and that the cabinet door hinges will pop off, ripping a hole in the board when they go. This is how things used to be. Sure, there was a time when particleboard was not made as sturdy as it should have been. But not any more. These days, particleboard is made in a similar fashion to the old days, with chips of wood and glue, formed into board shape, but they’re built better. Instead of just having the strength and feel of wood, you have the stronger adhesives than used to be employed, that are actually going to reinforce the piece. Particle board these days holds up to the same strain as it’s solid brothers, and has become a new and more durable solution for cabinetry.
Now that you’ve educated yourself a little more about the materials behind cabinetry, it’s time to start shopping, and find the ones that are the perfect fit for your home.