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Home Improvement: Types of Kitchen Cabinets

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If you’ve never owned your own house or remodeled a kitchen before, then it might come as news that there are actually dozens of different types of kitchen cabinets. However, if you have and do know about the variety of kitchen cabinets available, you still might not know the pros and cons of each. Whether you’re building a new house, remodeling your current kitchen, or just have a strange general interest in cabinets, the below list of kitchen cabinet pros and cons should be extremely useful and informative.

The first thing to do when picking new kitchen cabinets is to pick a cabinet style.

Face-Frame Cabinets

The most popular type of kitchen cabinet in the United States, face-frame cabinets, is a solid bet for any kitchen. They typically have a frame built around their front and a single frame encases multiple cabinets. Face-frame cabinets are sturdy, cheap, and come in a variety of different options. However, they are not the most decorative of cabinets. They have also been known to have durability problems with their doors and hinges.

Frameless Cabinets

Also known as European-style cabinets, frameless cabinets are the second most popular style of kitchen cabinet on the market. Unlike face-frame cabinets, which have gaps between each separate door, frameless cabinets are characterized by their lack of space between doors. While they look nearly identical, frameless cabinets have their own share of pros: concealed hinges, longer-lasting doors, and a variety of style options. They fall a little short when it comes to cost though. Because each cabinet is framed separately, frameless cabinets are on the pricier side of things.

Face-Frame European Cabinet

A mixture of face-frame and frameless cabinets, face-frame European cabinets are funky and creative. They are basically a combination of each with the only noticeable difference being the unique hinge used (a hinge that is concealed inside of the door – even with face-frame doors).

After you decide on a style of kitchen cabinet, you will need to pick out the material that you want them made out of.

Wood Cabinets

Wood is the age-old choice for kitchen cabinets. There are a variety of options available and while each is slightly different, a decision lies primarily on personal preferences. Oak, cherry, maple, and hickory are four of the most common woods used.

Metal Cabinets

Another solid option, metal kitchen cabinets are becoming increasingly popular. Stronger and sturdier than wood cabinets, metal cabinets are also slightly more expensive. However, they will make your kitchen look professional, modern, and sleek.

Laminate Cabinets

The least popular kitchen cabinet option, laminate cabinets are still a good bet if you’re on a budget. Though they are generally of a slightly lower quality, they still look great and will hold up to years of abuse. Thermofoil, melamine, and several other laminates are common materials used.

The options for kitchen cabinets are almost endless. If none of the options above suit your fancy, then you can always have a professional custom cabinetmaker build your home some one-of-a-kind cabinets.

What sort of cabinets do you have in your home kitchen? Do you know what type they are and what they are made out of?

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