The materials and finishes you select for your kitchen cabinets significantly impact both their durability and the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. First, consider the construction materials for cabinet boxes, partitions, and shelves, typically made from plywood, MDF, or particle board.
Plywood, the strongest but pricier option, is suitable for various applications. MDF, crafted from sawdust and resin, is strong, temperature-resistant, and cost-effective, with a smooth, grain-free surface. Particleboard, budget-friendly and melamine-coated, is ideal for interior use but lacks structural strength.
The doors and drawers of your cabinets are what you see the most, and they come in different materials. Solid hardwood doors and drawers, made from woods like red oak, maple, and cherry, are tough and can be stained to show their natural patterns.