When selecting your kitchen cabinets there are a few key things to choose – the material, the color and overall use of the cabinets! Each category has several different options too which can make it all a bit overwhelming.
Using this guide to kitchen cabinets selection you will be able to make an informed and confident choice for your kitchen design.
Kitchen Cabinets Material
There are really 4 main types of kitchen cabinet materials available today.
Color: Camp White
Thermofoil cabinetry is a man made material using vinyl that is heated and pressurized onto an MDF core leaving you with a durable finish that is easy to clean. There are many colours and finishes available.
Durable and easy to clean
Offers a subtle texture
Consistent in color
Not repairable. If you get a chip, then the whole door will need to be replaced
Not a lot of variety in the design – more contemporary, less traditional
Color: Cape Cod
Wood cabinetry is a natural material available in many different wood species. The most common species are Maple and Oak. Other more exotic species of wood include Alder, Walnut, Cherry and Hickory. There are now eco friendly woods such as Bamboo that can be used for cabinetry too. Read the pro’s and con’s of each wood species in the next section!
Is repairable to small nicks and scratches.
More style options from contemporary to traditional and in between!
More variations in the color because it is a natural product
High Density Fiberboard (HDF) Cabinets
Color: Agreeable Grey
High Density Fiberboard (HDF) is an engineered wood product. It is made by breaking down softwood into wood fibers, and combining them with a wax and resin binder. It is then solidified with high temperature and pressure to make a strong, durable substrate.
Gives a consistent and smooth finish – perfect for painted doors
Strong and durable product that will prevent cracking in the painted finish
Does not have a natural wood grain aesthetic
Color: Dark Grey
Acrylic is a non-toxic finish applied to an HDF cabinet that gives a perfectly smooth texture and a high-gloss appearance.
Visually appealing with a mirror like finish
Very durable material and easy to maintain for long lasting shine
Need to clean regularly as they show every fingerprint, dirt and stain mark
More prone to scratches in comparison to the other materials
Wood Cabinet Species
There are a ton of different types of wood species in the world, but that doesn’t mean they all make for good cabinet material! Use the comparison chart below to see which wood species might be a good fit for your kitchen.
Upgrading your wood cabinet species has a lot to do with the desired look for your kitchen. The woodgrains and colors of each species define it, and so it all depends on the style you are going for! Maple will have a very soft, subtle look while Alder and Cherry will show more pronounced wood grains. As for Bamboo and Echo Wood – those are both made from sustainably grown forests.
If you choose to go with a painted cabinet, you have options here too! Our painted cabinets are made with High Density Fiberboard (HDF) as it offers a smooth clean surface to really make the paint color pop. After the paint is applied it is finished with an industrial topcoat to seal it all in and prevent cracking.
Once you’ve picked your paint color you can then choose the type of top finish you would like on it, if any!
Opaque finish is a solid painted finish, showing no texture or grain. Available in 12 colors.
Color: Mission White
Glazed finish adds to an opaque painted cabinet, and is done to accentuate the detail on the cabinet. Available in 4 glaze colors.
Color: Mission White with Pewter Glaze
Brush Stroke Finish
Brush stroke finish is a 7 layer process that is hand painted stroking in various shades to to give the color depth.
Color: Silver Fox