Kitchen Cabinets

September 30, 2012

Kitchen by Dee Design

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Kitchen can either be made using the in-frame method or the laid on method. The ‘laid-on’ look appears more modern and uses up less material and space whereas the in-frame method suits a more rustic style of kitchen and is said to be more durable. The inframe design is also less compatible with integrated appliances.

Kitchen Cabinets
KitchenCabinets are made up of two parts; the carcass and the door. Cabinets are available either as stock items, semi-custom or custom items. Stock items are typically available in standard sizes and shapes in the most popular designs. They are typically the least expensive form of cabinet and available for delivery with the shortest lead-in time. Most stock kitchen carcasses are now being made from melamine faced chipboard (MFC) in various colours. Colour coordinated carcasses are more attractive then standard white and are not always more expensive. Semi-custom cabinets offer more options and extras than stock items but still tend to be manufactured in standard sizes and design. Price wise they are middle of the road and their lead-in time is normally 8-12 weeks. As the name suggests custom cabinets are constructed to your particular specification and so the choice of finishes and options are limitless. This type of cabinet is the most expensive and can take up to 16 weeks to be delivered.

With most kitchens the doors are hung off the carcass but with in-frame kitchens the doors are fitted to a solid timber frame built around the carcass. This type of kitchen is said to be much more durable than the standard method of kitchen construction but is about 20% more expensive. In addition to this many interior baskets / pull outs don’t work with the in-frame kitchen thus making it less attractive in a modern kitchen.

Tip: Stock carcasses made from 18mm MFC are more durable than 12-15mm versions.

Tip: Good quality cabinets have their corners reinforced for durability and will have a PVC edge for durability and an 18mm back panel.

Door Styles
Frameless doors offer a very steamlined look and suit contemporary kitchens while heavily molded doors suit a more traditional look. Handle-less kitchens are very popular choice for a streamlined look, and they make cleaning easy.

Tip: Dust rests on horizontal surfaces more so than sloped surfaces so if you want to minimise cleaning opt for a door design with a minimal amount of horizontal ledges.

Door Finishes
Doors typically come in 1 of 3 finishes; timber, plastic laminate (vinyl), or glass.  If you want a timber finish to your doors you can either opt for a solid door or one with a veneered finish. Veneered doors are less expensive than solid doors and as they use less timber than solid doors can be more ecological. Timber doors can be glossed, painted, colour washed or waxed. Many solid doors, including shaker doors, have a solid timber frame and a veneered centre panel.

Plastic laminate doors come in an endless range of colours and textures, including metal. The great advantage of laminate cupboards is that they are virtually maintenance-free. Be sure to choose a good quality laminate door as poor quality laminates will peel and warp after a short period of time.

Glass doors can be great for dark kitchen as they reflect light around the room but as with any shiny surface they show smudge marks very easily, although this problem can be lessened by using a groove handle.

Tip: Low-quality metal clad doors or metal framed doors may rust if moisture is allowed to collect in crevices.

This article was written by me and edited by Deirdre in Dee Design

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One comment

  1. Hi
    very nice blog posting and design ! thanks for sharing !!

    Handleless kitchens

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