If you have already decided on the layout and style of your next kitchen, the next step is to choose the material. Yes, the material from which kitchen furniture is made. Especially the fronts and doors, since internally, although almost all are similar, they have details that deserve a whole separate chapter . But why is the material important? Well, because it has to do with durability, aesthetics and price.
Also, it should be easy to clean and maintain, since it is a daily job site where vapors and temperature changes are normal. Wood, lacquer or laminate? Basically they are the most common and you will find them in any distributor.
However, it is convenient that you know what some of its characteristics are in order to decide on one of them.
Laminate These are chipboard doors covered by a decorative sheet of different compositions , which forms a pore-free surface . They can be smooth or even have an imitation wood or other material design printed, in matte or gloss but never with reliefs. These reliefs and moldings are only possible in poly laminates, pvc or polymeric, which is another type of laminate. However, it must be remembered that the latter have lost a lot of prestige in recent times, due to their problems in high temperature areas.
The most common types of laminates are high pressure, of higher quality, where Formica’s Infiniti laminate stands out and melamines (low pressure laminates) are the cheapest . Noteworthy are also the anti-fingerprint laminates, which have excellent properties and have a good range of colors.
You will have to take into account that they all have PVC edges around them (except poly laminates), an element that can detract from their good appearance, especially in light colors. All of them have a very current appearance , very good resistance and durability. They are easy to clean and affordable. And you can combine them.
Lacquering The kitchens lacquered modern design are smooth fronts, while contemporary or traditional models have reliefs or moldings of different shapes. These are MDF boards to which a color lacquer is applied on both sides and edges and are available in a wide range of shades. And as for its finishes, you can choose matt, gloss, satin and textured .
As alternatives, the high shine and anti-fingerprint silk touch. On the other hand, they are easy to clean with a little soap and water and, in case of damage, they can be repaired. The gloss finish is more prone to scratching, while the matte and textured finishes are more scratch resistant.
And yes, due to the materials used and their production, the price is usually high.
Wood is one of the most appreciated materials for furniture of all kinds. Of course, also for the kitchen. And it can be applied both to a modern kitchen and to a classic or rustic one. But we must differentiate between the most common types of wood stoves.
On the one hand, the smooth models that are veneered in wood are more appropriate for modern and minimalist styles, where you also have to look in the direction of the grain. The solid wood frames are contemporary models without decorations, while the classic and rustic ones usually have moldings or decorations.
In either case, the color can be natural or tinted in various shades, including colors. And the matt or gloss finish, open pore, pickled or aged. The woods?. Among the best known, oak stands out clearly. Although there are others.