Once a kitchen is built, it is not always possible to make changes or remodel it. Therefore, one must pay close attention while selecting kitchen cabinet materials and finishes to have a nice modular kitchen. By examining the many options for kitchen cabinets and cabinet treatments in the IKEA Hack collection, this article will assist you in making the most informed decision possible.
Cabinetry for the kitchen: all-wood construction
The warmth and beauty of natural wood can’t be beaten. Build your modular kitchen using solid wood components if you have access to such materials. Both classic and contemporary kitchens benefit from the use of solid timbers. For those concerned about the environment, wood continues to be the material of choice.
Wood’s Solid Benefits
- Unparalleled beauty
- Appeals to the senses
- Variation in grain sizes, hues, and textures is very high.
Kitchen cabinets made of Plywood
Plywood is not the same thing as wood. Plaster of Paris is a wood substitute. Slices or sheets of solid wood are adhered to a composite substrate to create this engineered wood. Stained and polished Plywood may be made to look and feel whichever the user likes.
- Finishes range from matte to semi-gloss to high-gloss.
Cabinets in a laminate finish are a popular choice for modern kitchens.
Laminates are widely used in contemporary modular kitchens. IKEA Hack Laminates are made of many layers of kraft paper laminated with a printed layer of patterns, plastic resin, and a protective plastic film. Laminates come in many styles and colours and are the perfect home in today’s modular kitchens.
There are benefits to using laminates.
- The colours and textures are flexible.
- Fireproof and watertight
- Defiantly scratch-proof
- Simple and easy to maintain
PVC is used for kitchen cabinetry.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets are composite plastic sheets purchased in a wide range of bright colours at a low cost. PVC sheets don’t need a substrate and are simple to repair and maintain. PVC sheets provide the convenience of installing both heavy and light boards due to their availability in hollow boards and foam. PVC sheets are great for kitchen storage since they are durable and easy to clean.
PVC Sheet: Advantages
- A simple solution
- Simple to take care of
- Simple to locate and swap out
Kitchen cabinet made of metals like aluminium or stainless steel.
Metals like steel and aluminium are gradually replacing wood and its substitutes in kitchens because they are more durable and give off a more contemporary aesthetic. In contrast to their wooden counterparts, steel and aluminium kitchen cabinets are often a one-time purchase. Because of how little upkeep they require, these materials are perfect for today’s kitchens.
Advantages of Kitchen Cabinets Made of Stainless Steel and Aluminum
- Fire, humidity, and pest proof
- Proof against the effects of dirt and grease in the kitchen
Modular acrylic-fronted kitchen cabinetry
Acrylic finish is pricey, but it is worth it for those who want their kitchen to stand out. Acrylic’s high-gloss, non-toxic coating gives it a sleek, shiny look without appearing tacky or overbearing. Cabinets with an acrylic finish come in a variety of colours, and they provide a reflective gloss to the entire kitchen.
Advantages of Kitchen Cabinets with an Acrylic Finish
- It adds a touch of class and elegance
- Colours and coatings can be customised to your liking.
Laminated kitchen cabinet
To create the laminate finish used on kitchen cabinets, thin layers of matte paper are bonded together using plastic resins. The first step is to subject the mixture to extreme pressure. Then, a decorative pattern or colour is printed on the sheet’s top layer.
Positives of a Laminate Finish
- Long lastingness
- Fireproof and watertight
- Easy to disinfect
- Reasonably priced in comparison
- Numerous surface treatments
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