HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST KITCHEN CABINETS
From metal to wood, these are the best picks for your newly renovated kitchen.
Description: Cabinet boxes consist of wood veneers adhered to plywood or furniture-grade particleboard. Doors may be solid wood or veneers.
Options: Semi-custom and custom collections offer an array of styles in natural, stained, or painted finishes. Stock choices are limited to a few woods and stains.
Pros: Scratches are easily repaired, and cabinets can be re-stained or painted to give a new look down the road.
Cons: Humidity can cause solid-wood slab doors to warp over time.
Care: Clean stains with dishwashing soap and warm water. Hide scratches with a wood filler wax stick.
Description: Cabinets made from reclaimed, renewable, or recycled materials.
Options: The greenest styles are found in semi-custom and custom lines. Look for cupboards crafted from bamboo, salvaged wood, wheatboard (constructed using wheat straw), and even from leather scraps discarded by shoe manufacturers.
Pros: Reducing your carbon footprint a few sizes.
Cons: The cost.
Care: For wood and bamboo, clean with a moist cloth. Leather can dry out, so wipe cabinets weekly with a damp cloth and every few months with a leather formula.
Description: Veneers composed of layers of paper and plastic resins are bonded to plywood or furniture-grade particleboard. Laminate isn't malleable, so most doors have flat or grooved designs.
Options: Most stock laminates are white or ivory. In semi-custom and custom lines, you'll find a range of colors and finishes. Textures may be matte, granular, or glossy.
Pros: Affordable and durable, laminate resists dings, nicks, and stains.
Cons: It's not impenetrable: Deep cuts and cracks are impossible to repair.
Description: Created by heating vinyl and molding it over medium-density fiberboard (MDF), these cabinets come in a variety of shapes and patterns.
Options: Matte white and ivory are the norm in stock cabinetry styles. Semi-custom choices include glossy textures and scores of colors.
Pros: Inexpensive and available in lots of flat and embellished designs.
Cons: Puncture the vinyl layer, and the cabinet cannot be repaired. The coating on thermofoils can separate when exposed to heat. Ask the manufacturer to install heat shields in cabinets that will be located next to the oven.
Description: Metal, often stainless steel, veneers affixed to plywood or furniture-grade particleboard. Other styles include glass or acrylic panels set in a stainless steel or aluminum frame.
Options: Shiny and brushed metals available in stock, semi-custom, and custom lines.
Pros: Sturdy, rust- and stain-resistant, metal doors are unaffected by heat and humidity.
Cons: Metal cabinets can scratch and dent, and they show fingerprints.
Courtesy of: By Elle Decore by Sarah Stebbins Apr 8, 2016
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