The first consideration is what type of cabinet is right for you? Will you go with the traditional traditional-looking wood-lift doors? Or do you want a more modern look with glass inserts?
Once you’ve decided on a style, research the different types of wood used in various countries to find the best wood choice for your needs. Look for options like different wood types integrated into veneers-like maple veneers. Make sure you get what you want and consider your future needs-when your tastes change, will you have to go through the trouble of exchanging them?
If you’re going with the traditional cultural look, keep in mind that your cabinets will most likely stay in the room longer than any other fixture. Will they stay clean? How easily do they recruit for storage?
Traditional cabinets, either the hardwood variety or the raised-grain gate-leg variety, are solid and last for years. They can vary in price radically, depending on what you want. You don’t have to afford them if you can’t afford them, but the quality and feel of solid wood cabinets are well worth it. Whichever you choose, they are guaranteed to last for years.
Hardwood cabinets are generally the highest quality; if you want the look of a traditional kitchen, and then you want to choose wood, this type will satisfy you. You can also get doors and drawers made with solid wood. The grain for them is beautiful.
If you want a traditional wooden farmhouse look but can’t afford solid wood, there is a list of alternatives.
If you love the old-school looks, you can consult a custom cabinet maker to formulate arch-top shelves for you.
Veneers are a great choice when you don’t have time to go through a custom cabinet maker. Countertops made of veneers and frosted glass are beautiful; it’s not hard to imagine why this is a very trendy approach. Some veneers are more expensive than others, and some veneers are very cheap. Make sure you measure your kitchen space carefully, so you don’t get the wrong floor-level veneers.
Veneer countertops are very resistant to heat, so if you like to cook, they can be great if you need countertop surfaces to handle hot pots and steaming dishes.
Veneer-covered particleboard is still a sound material for a countersurface because it’s durable, easy to clean, and cuts quickly.
Painted particleboard counters blended with your choice of wood look very classy. Sometimes raw wood will make you think of mahogany.
Laminates are mostly used in an office environment. Have you ever seen the laminated floors of some conference rooms? The laminate quality doesn’t compromise the beauty you get from the granite, tile, soapstone, or slate options. They enhance it.
Laminate counters are custom-made for your kitchen. It’s less expensive than the other options.
There you have it, the pros and cons of various types of kitchen counters. It’s a matter of choice, of what fits your budget, and how much time, effort, and skill you can dedicate to their maintenance. Choose wisely, and your kitchen cabinets might be around till your great-grandchildren.