The Kitchen Cabinet Material Breakdown

When it comes to buying a new cabinet or carcass, there is a whole host of different materials available. Each come with their own benefits and drawbacks before you even consider different designs and looks and what will help complete your project. Below we have broken down the 2 most popular materials to help you understand the true variety of materials you have to work with in order to create the perfect kitchen.

Wood

Wood is an amazing material that has been used for construction for centuries, so it’s no surprise that constructing with wood can create a sturdy and timeless look in any space. But choosing a wooden base isn’t as simple as just picking up the nearest bit available and cutting it down to size. There are hundreds of different types of wood, that can be categorised into 4 main areas:

Hardwood

Whilst typically more expensive to begin with, hardwoods are much sturdier than alternatives. Wood like beech, oak, mahogany and maple are all popular choices with kitchen designers. Bringing an element of natural colouring of varying shades and lightness into the kitchen, hardwood doesn’t have to be the stereotypical country cottage it is often associated with. The option to stain and alter the wood is always there, but you don’t want to lose the natural beauty that a hardwood choice brings.

MDF

If you are working on a tight budget, MDF or chipboard is a readily available option from most trade suppliers. Providing a stable structure and the option to adjust its look quickly and easily. MDF is a very versatile material and can adapt to nearly any situation. By coupling MDF with something like vinyl or laminate, there are nearly an infinite amount of options available. From standard block colours to wood imitations, there is a solution for everybody regardless of personal tastes.

Metal

If you want something that feels more modern or industrial, a metal base can be the answer. Often associated with professional kitchens and working environments, metal units have a very tailored taste. They aren’t quite as variable as woods but with clever planning and design, a metal kitchen can look just as stunning.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a wonderful material. As an alloy of different metals, stainless steel has all the benefits of each ingredient with very few of the drawbacks. Kitchens get messy, it’s no secret. It doesn’t matter if you are a starter chef or could give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money, at some point, you will spill something. One of the biggest selling points for this material is it’s extremely resistant to rust and water, so a small splash of food wipes up easily with minimal fuss. Similar to a hardwood kitchen, using stainless steel can create a truly timeless look.

Aluminium

If the bare metal look isn’t for you, aluminium won’t limit you! With a huge range of colours available in aluminium, you can have the sleek look of metal units with the bright and vibrant colours that really add personality to the kitchen. Similar to stainless steel, aluminium is water resistant so it’s very low maintenance and incredibly easy to clean. Metals are also much more resistant to pests and damage from everyday use.

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