For those who love to cook, the kitchen is their most prized territory in the home, the place where the magic happens — one that’s showcased with pride to guests and fiercely protected from the ignorant. Don’t believe me? Try rearranging the things in your mother’s kitchen. See what happens. You have been warned.
Naturally, careful considerations should be made in how the kitchen is designed and constructed. If you’re thinking of doing a kitchen renovation in the near future, here are five best materials in the market we’ve compiled for your kitchen cabinets:
1. Natural wood
Alice Walker once said, “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they are still beautiful.” And the amazing thing? Natural wood, an all-time favourite, looks awesome in a kitchen. It is the go-to material for most kitchen cabinets in Malaysian homes.
Natural wood is versatile in the sense that it works for homes designed in various styles, modern or traditional. Besides, wood products are highly durable, less resistant to discolouration and is very easy to maintain and clean. Wood has the ability to be coloured and designed to what the owner wants as well. There are 5 types of natural wood that would work well as cabinet materials: oak, cherry, pine, maple and hickory. Consult your contractor while doing your kitchen renovation to see which material suits your needs best as the different wood materials vary in detail.
2. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel was once only used in restaurants, laboratories and for medical storage. But it has since transformed itself from its industrial beginnings to go beyond its utilitarian functions and into the home. When you imagine a kitchen with stainless steel cabinets, you think of, “modern,” “minimalistic,” “high-end,” “for serious cooks.” Sounds like you?
Stainless steel can be more expensive than natural wood when it comes to using them to build kitchen cabinets. However, this material has also proven to be more durable and there is little worry about them warping or falling apart. They do emit a certain degree of “coolness” though that might be intimidating to some. To balance that out, opt for a warm natural wood for your kitchen floors similar to the design in the picture above.
Laminate is known to many as the material that’s ‘something like wood’. If you have a tight house renovation budget, laminate is definitely worth considering since it is less expensive than natural wood and yet a good material on its own. What is laminate? Laminate is actually a synthetic material placed on particleboard, which is made of compressed natural wood. One of the biggest pros of using laminate for your kitchen cabinets, besides the low cost is that this material is durable and does not warp like wood in the long run. There is usually a good selection of colours, patterns and styles to choose from. Check with your kitchen renovation contractor or consult an interior designer on what will look best in your home.
Thermofoil material is applied to medium-density fiberboard (MDF) using an intense heat and pressure-bonding process to ensure durability. Malaysia’s tropical climate means that we live in a highly humid atmosphere whereby wood material kitchen cabinets might not be ideal, especially if you live close to water. Thermofoil resists moisture much better than any other material. Besides, it gives your kitchen a very classy look but with a mid-range price.
The thing to note is that thermofoil is not heat-resistant, so you’re want the area near your stoves and ovens to use other materials. Also, you can install heat shields to protect your thermofoil cabinets.
Now that you have an idea on what materials are available for kitchen cabinets, you’re ready to consult a few experts! Kaodim’s professional interior designers in Malaysia offer the expertise to design your kitchen that matches the look and feel of your home. Or, if you’ve got that covered as you already have a clear image on what you want, get up to 5 quotes from Kaodim’s home cabinet professionals or renovation contractors.