Materials to choose for your new kitchen

modern kitchen cabinet materials

Choosing the right materials for your kitchen cabinets is an integral part of making a kitchen within budget and design concepts. This article describes some of the best and main choices of materials used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets and built-in wardrobes.

melamine boards

Melamine is a compressed wood chipboard with a thin protective layer of PVC and has PVC edges of different thicknesses to match the color of the board. Melamine comes in a variety of stylish colors and many impressive wood imitations.

Using melamine boards to build cabinets is a cost effective solution and will give you a nice and neat modern looking finish. Due to these two important factors, the popularity of melamines has grown tremendously over the years.

These boards are cut to size with table saws from a prepared cutting list, making them relatively quick and easy to assemble.

The only real downside to this material is that melamine tops are subject to possible swelling with prolonged exposure to water. This only happens if water finds its way between the joints in the protective PVC sheathing, if this happens the particle board underneath can swell.

Duco Spray Supawood Doors and Panels

Duco Supawood doors are manufactured by pre-treating flat or molded supawood panels. After that, they go through a spray painting process using enamel paint. At the end of the process, a high-quality matte, mid-gloss or high-gloss finish is obtained.

These boards are available in just about every color imaginable, making them very popular for use in creating kitchens and all other BICs. A duco spray finish would more accurately be described as lustrous and elegant.

PVC wrapped doors and panels

PVC wrapped doors and panels are achieved by wrapping and gluing PVC sheeting onto supawood particle board. PVC sheet can be wrapped in raised panel doors and slots.

These panels and doors are durable, seamless and water resistant. They are also offered in a wide range of colors and faux wood grains, making PVC wrapped cabinets a very attractive and popular choice for most built-in cabinet needs.

Veneered boards

Wood veneer is a thin layer of wood glued to particle board to create a realistic impression of solid wood.

Veneers are available in a wide range of hardwoods. These veneers can be stained, varnished or polished. Veneered wood is not normally duco sprayed or painted as this would detract from the natural beauty of the veneers.

solid pine

Solid pine is one of the few solid woods used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets. The reason is that it is reasonably priced compared to solid hardwoods.

Pine is more durable than particleboard and can handle wet conditions more than particleboard and can be duco sprayed, varnished or stained.


Bamboo has recently become popular in kitchen manufacturing due to its low carbon footprint.

Bamboo is very durable and is considered a hardwood when laminated. It can be duco-projected, varnished or stained for a wide range of finishes and different colours.


Glass is most commonly used as panels in doors for display cases.

Although clear and sandblasted glass is most commonly used when it comes to kitchen panels, there is a wide range of colors and textures available that could be used to create a very attractive feature point.

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