ACo’s kitchen cabinet guide outlines the basic types of kitchen cabinets and their pros and cons so you can make the right choice for your home.
There’s two things I’ve learned in my travels when it comes to kitchen cabinets. One, fresh, new cabinets can single handedly transform the look and feel of a kitchen. And two, the sheer amount of kitchen cabinet choices can be overwhelming, to say the least.
A bad set of cabinets can suck the life right out of your kitchen while great kitchen cabinets add to the feng shui. So, to aid you in your own personal kitchen cabinet quest, here is a guide on the basic types of cabinets and the pros and cons of each.
There are five main types of cabinets. I think the key to your ideal cabinet type comes down to three things:
Establishing these things upfront with make finding your dream cabinets much easier. Now, on to the different types!
Wood cabinets come in variety of styles such as natural, stained, or painted finishes.
Pros: Knicks and scratches are easily repairable. Wood cabinets can be painted or re-stained to recreate a new look.
Cons: Humidity can cause wood to warp over time.
Eco-friendly cabinets are made from reclaimed, renewable, or recycled materials.
Pros: You’re helping save the environment and reducing your carbon footprint!
Laminate is a synthetic material that is made of compressed wood.
Pros: Aesthetic possibilities and durable—laminate protects against scratches, stains, etc.
Cons: Laminate isn’t invincible, so any damage done is likely irreversible. Price can vary depending on variety.
Thermofoil cabinets are made of vacuum-pressed vinyl.
Pros: Inexpensive with numerous design styles.
Cons: Susceptible to heat—may need heat shields if cabinets are near an oven. Unrepairable if the vinyl layer is damaged.
Often stainless steel, metal cabinets are available in a variety of shiny and brushed metals.
Pros: Unaffected by heat or humidity. Durable and stain-resistant.
Cons: Costly and scratch and dent prone—and tend to show fingerprints prominently.
If you’re looking to upgrade, refresh, or simply have questions about your kitchen cabinets, the experts at ACo can help. For more insights on your cabinetry options, check out our complete rundown on cabinets for your home.
by Joe Golc