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Choosing kitchen door materials

After you have decided what the shape of your kitchen will be and how your storage will be arranged, the next step will be choosing your kitchen doors. Everybody has a different taste and the look of your kitchen doors will represent your personal style. Because kitchen cabinet doors are the face of the kitchen, it will be very important that you choose a finish you want to look at for quite a number of years. Keep in mind that, whichever material you choose to use for your cabinets, durability and low maintenance have to be the key to your choice. As most of the cabinet carcasses nowadays are made of laminate, the only thing you have to worry about is the finish of the kitchen doors. First of all it is important to choose which material you want to use for the kitchen doors. The material that a door is made from and its colour are key to creating the overall look.

· Solid Wood – As the name suggests these doors, and usually the carcasses they hang from, are constructed from solid wood, making these durable cabinets expensive. Wood creates a warm and natural look, and the various colours of species such as oak, cherry, maple and walnut allow you to create an environment that is either rich and dark or light, bright and airy.


· Wood Veneer –The main bulk of these doors is made of MDF (medium density fibreboard) which is then covered with a thin layer, or veneer, of real wood. Although less durable than solid wood, these doors are less prone to warping and are significantly cheaper too. Look out for doors made with a frame of solid wood and a veneered central panel, as these combine the best of both materials.

· Laminate – As with wood veneer, these doors largely consist of an MDF core, onto which a sheet of paper carrying the pattern is heat-bonded using resin adhesives. The resin can also be embossed with a texture so these cost-effective doors can carry any pattern, which is usually a pretty convincing imitation of wood.


· Painted or Lacquered – An MDF core is coated with a layer of colourfast lacquer or paint. Because MDF is made from fine wood particles and resin, these doors do not carry any woodgrain, making a smooth surface which can be painted in any colour.

· High Gloss Foil – Also known as ‘Rigid Thermofoil’ (RTF) or Vinyl, these doors are also made from an MDF core to which a thermofoil layer is glued under high pressure. The result is a shiny surface that looks sleek and modern and reflects light around the room, available in almost any colour. Greasy fingerprints will however show on this surface.


· Stainless Steel – For a really contemporary look, MDF doors are now available wrapped in a thin layer of brushed stainless steel. This material does show fingerprints exceptionally easily, so a more expensive alternative that does not suffer this problem is aluminium, usually available from the high quality manufacturers.

· Glass – Cabinet doors are now often available with clear or frosted glass, either as a single framed panel or with a number of ‘windows’ within the frame. These look most attractive when coupled with glass shelving and interior lighting inside the cabinet.


· Aluminium – ‘Shuttered’ doors are becoming increasingly popular on dresser units. These lightweight doors roll up like a carpet as they are lifted and add a contemporary look to a kitchen.

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