Kitchen Cabinets

The most significant element in your kitchen are the cabinets. Cabinets dictate the style of the kitchen, while consuming the largest expenditure in most kitchen budgets. There are many styles and options in kitchen cabinets ranging from wood, laminates, polyester and more. In addition, each type of cabinets has numerous finish options, giving a wide range of choices to the consumer. Let us assist you in planning your kitchen needs.

Your starting point is to choose a material style and finish that suits your needs. You need to ensure that your choices will stand the test of time, kitchen fashion can change quickly, choose a kitchen design that both fits your life style and will not quickly outdate.

Cabinets -Frame or Frameless

Two types of cabinets are commonly available:

Frameless Cabinets, or European Style: The cabinet box is of a frameless construction, giving a clean, doors only look. This style allows both the doors and drawers to be opened to their maximum opening. The installation of this style of cabinetry requires a high level of accuracy in the assembly process.

Framed Cabinets, or American Style: The cabinet box parts of the cabinet are held together by a wooden frame, whereby the frame can be seen when doors are closed. This style gives the cabinet strength, however, door openings will be smaller then a frameless cabinet with similar dimensions, as well, the middle vertical frame of the framed cabinet is also visible and can get in the way.

Cabinets Construction

There are three main types of cabinet construction, which follow:

Stock Cabinets: Cabinets are manufactured in standard dimensions and finishes and are mass produced with quick order to delivery times. Although this is the most economical option, often the cabinet dimensions will not fit to the exact size of your kitchen causing a waste of space. The consumer must weigh the advantages of quick availability and a lower cost vs a more efficient use of space at a higher cost.

Semi-Custom Cabinets: This type of cabinet provides more flexibility and choice then the stock cabinets. This option provides for additional choices in cabinet dimensions, depth, finish and colour. Delivery times on this type of cabinetry will likely take about a month and will be more expensive then stock cabinets.

Custom Cabinets: This type of cabinet provides the most flexibility and choice for the consumer, inclusive of size, depth, style, finishes, and colour. Delivery times on this type of cabinetry will likely take the longest at between six to ten weeks and will be the most expensive of the three options.

Today's cabinet boxes are manufactured out of materials that are often not of solid wood. Solid wood is subject to warping due to the range of moisture and temperature changes that occur in a normal kitchen environment. Cabinet boxes are often manufactured out of wood products such as:

Plywood: The best material used in the construction of cabinet boxes. Plywood is made up of laminated layers of wood plies.

Particleboard: This is a lower grade of cabinet box construction which is made of resin and wood particles bonded together under pressure. The caution here is that poor quality and manufacturer can warp the box, as well, this material is not as durable at holding a screw.

Medium-Density Fiberboard: This is a lower grade of cabinet box construction than plywood and does not give as strong support as plywood. This material is made of higher quality fibers than particleboard with a smoother surface.

Cabinet Doors:

Cabinet doors command the highest visibility in the kitchen, and sets the style of the kitchen. There are several material options to choose from:

Wood: Provides a warm feeling to the kitchen area. The type of wood used in the cabinetry as well as the stain or colour can give a brighter or darker look to the kitchen setting. There are many wood species which showcase your doors in bright to dark looks. In addition, solid wood doors can be stained to a darker shade or colour. Wood doors are sensitive to both humidity and temperature and it is recommended that they be properly sealed prior to their installation.

Wood Veneer: Can provide a similar appearance to the above wood construction. Wood veneer is constructed from thin slices of peeled wood which is attached to plywood or particleboard which give it both structure and strength. This type of door construction should cost less than solid wood doors with more consistent patterns in the wood. An advantage of veneer is that it is less sensitive to temperature and humidity than solid wood, however it may not be as durable due to the thin layer of veneer.

Plastic Laminate: This cabinet option has a smooth synthetic type surface which is made of several layers of kraft paper with a top layer of decorative paper coated with clear plastic. Laminates are available in many colours, textures and patterns, are easy to clean, and durable. This type of cabinet has a specific look and feel to both wood and veneer type construction and may not appeal to all consumers.

Stainless Steel: This type of cabinet has a very sleek modern look and can be made to match stainless steel appliances. Unfortunately, stainless steel requires some care in its daily use and can show scratches and finger prints. This type of cabinet does not require special chemicals for cleaning and is therefore considered a green product, as it is recyclable and non-toxic. Another advantage to stainless steel is that it is does not warp in environments that are humid or where there are large changes in temperature.

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