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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinet Materials?

Kitchen cabinets are paramount to any kitchen design, and they are available in an array of styles and finishes. As the kitchen is one of the most used spaces of your home, it is crucial to choose a material that can tolerate regular wear and tear. Remember, your kitchen cabinetry comprises a large portion of your entire kitchen renovation budget that’s why it becomes vital to research for the right choices and make sure you get the right material and drawer hardware to match your lifestyle and budget. In this blog, we will help you choose the kitchen cabinet that is right for your kitchen.

Laminate Cabinets

Laminate is undoubtedly the most affordable kitchen cabinet material available on the market, so if you’re on a tight budget, then this is the best choice. Nowadays, laminate comes with high impact ABS edging – they are easy to clean and maintain, highly durable, and bestows seamless looks.

Thermo Laminate

If you want an upmarket alternative, then go for thermo laminate, which will suit diverse styles ranging from contemporary looks to traditional finishes. Thermo laminate wrap around the door can lend flawless and clean looks, and is UV stabilised to shield discolouration on your drawers and doors with time.


A two-pack finish is a sear enamel surface, which can cost you around twenty percent more than laminate. Compared to laminate, two-pack can be ordered in any colour or finish from matt to glossy for kitchen cabinets. Joins-free and edges smoothly wrap-around panels and doors producing clean, flowing lines. If you have a rough use, then a two-pack can be more susceptible to breakage; however, if this happens, you can respray it to lend a pristine look.

Veneered Particle Board

Veneers are thin, ornamental, pieces of wood applied to boards, and then sealed with clear two-pack. Veneer begins at the same price point as two-pack and then go up progressively or strikingly as per the form of timber selected. Veneer is a fantastic choice, especially when designing mid-century contemporary-style kitchens. It produces the organic mid-century visual aspect while also offering the loveliness and warmth of timber. Like laminate, a veneer can also come with matching ABS border shield to offer added safeguard against everyday knocks and accidents that occur in all types of kitchens.

HMR Board

Well, you need to take into account your storage needs, lifestyle, and budget. Compared to all other options, HMR (High Moisture Resistance) board is inexpensive and the preferred choice of cabinet makers in Sydney, and mass-manufactured for prepacked (i.e. ready-made) kitchens.


Depending on the variety, solid-timber is an expensive option. In modern kitchens, solid-timber is used sparingly in the form of timber shelving or benchtop or one-off pieces of solid-timber furniture such as stools. However, solid-timber rarely used for the entire cabinetry due to its high price point.

Under-Bench Cabinets

You can laminate under-bench cabinets and leave as shelving; besides, you can laminate cabinet and drawer fronts. The drawer and door fronts, as well as, the end panels usually finished using a paint lacquer finish, a veneer, a vacuum-wrapped finish, or a laminate. Each comes with specific advantages, quality and price point, so it’s better to consult with your cabinet maker for the facing material that is functional, durable, and best suits your cabinetry and kitchen decor. Also, take into account your storage requirements, and map out shallow drawers for pans and pots, drawers or shelving for crockery, and slim drawers for utensils and cutlery.

Cabinet Handles

Shop for hardware that is easy-to-use for your family members and augments your cabinetry’s design. If you have a small or compact kitchen, then avoid large-size statement hardware pieces as they can take up space instead, go for slimline handles. If possible, choose modern statement pieces as they won’t date. Select soft-closing drawers if you dislike a slam. For door hardware, choose the ones that will be best for your family members – a handy and smooth press-and-release that springs your door open at a touch or a simple pull handle.

Contact Emporium Kitchens

For your research, our modern, state-of-the-art showroom is an excellent starting point to get ideas to build your custom kitchen cabinets. When you visit our showroom, you can see and touch the different joinery that we have on display. Give us a call on (02) 9645 6706, our expert team can clarify to you concerning the material, hardware, and the type of internal fittings we have used to construct the custom cabinets.

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