Kitchens are the meeting point of the family, so it is necessary to create a comfortable and attractive place to share a pleasant moment. Furniture is the essence of the kitchen, how to choose it without mistakes? Current trends in design mark the introduction of new materials in different components as countertops and cabinets, as well as adapting the designs to the needs of storage and placement with columns, high cupboards and integrated appliances. Looking at kitchen furniture catalogues can be sometimes overwhelming, because there are many options of materials and finishes! But don’t worry, in this blog we will tell you the difference between them, so you can choose the right cabinets for your kitchen. Begin by distinguishing the material from which is made the furniture and its covering. The combination of these two factors will make you succeed in your decision.
The furniture materials are:
Particleboard. It is composed of remains of wood compacted with resins or glues. It is not expensive and has a variety of colors and textures. Particleboard furniture can only be smooth, without frames or mouldings. Make sure it is water resistant otherwise the cabinet may swell.
Fibre hardboard. This material is more expensive than particleboard, but its quality is better. Wood fibber boards are covered with lacquer so scratched and blow can be repaired easily.
Solid wood panel. It is made from thin layers of superimposed solid wood. This type is the most expensive and so some manufacturers no longer sell it.
The materials covering the furniture are:
Solid wood. It is natural, elegant and yet timeless, a classic. Ask about the treatments needed by the wood. If it is good, it will have greater resistance.
Polylaminate. They are smooth sheets of vinyl that are imitation of wood. This material do not resist very well the passing of time, and the vinyl can peel off with temperature changes. Another drawback is that imitation wood vinyl may seem unnatural.
Melamine or low pressure laminates. It is an economical and good wear resistance option. The downside is that the finished furniture may not be what you expected. This material finishes are only matte.
Laminated furniture. This option is a little more expensive but it is also very resistant to water, heat, bumps and scratches. The default is that only have smooth surfaces.
Textured. It is an ideal choice if you want cabinets that look like solid wood furniture without being it. The final texture is roughened.
Lacquered furniture. They are only made with a base of fibre hardboard. The better the lacquer, the better the cabinet. They are little impact resistant but can be easily repaired. Its finished is very bright, almost like glass.
Aluminum or stainless steel. We are used to see this material in professional kitchens, but you can combine it with other natural wood finished or soft pastel colors.
After determining which materials and colors you like best, and choosing the option that best fit to your budget, you can continue to select the model of your kitchen furniture. With the model chosen, you need to decide the distribution of the cabinets, considering that not all wall cabinets have to be placed at the same height. They can be raised or lowered to better accommodate to different levels, giving the kitchen a unique decorative touch. Add extensible drawers and shelves where is possible. The extensions located on the furniture, will improve the accessibility of the corners. You can also choose drawers of different sizes between base cabinets and wall units, this will give you more space to store and the design will be more attractive.
Feel free to visit our store where you can check out our wide selection of stylish, high-end, and affordable Italian kitchen from Scavolini. Our friendly and experienced team can assist you with more useful recommendations for the selection of your kitchen furniture, or with your kitchen remodelling in general. Siema Kitchen and Bath is proud to be the sole distributor for Scavolini kitchen in Vancouver.