When it comes to redoing a kitchen, cabinets are often the first thing people want to change. It’s one of the easiest ways to transform the look and feel of your home, and there’s a plethora of styles and materials to choose from. The following breaks down a selection of the best kitchen cabinet materials so that you can renovate your home with confidence.


Solid wood

One of the more expensive and timeless materials for kitchen cabinets is solid wood. If you only plan on remodeling your kitchen once, solid wood is a great option because you’ll never have to worry about it going out of style. Wood is customizable and there’s a large number of types available, from walnut to oak to knotty pine, bamboo, and more. You can find a wood to match almost any kitchen style. While solid wood is very durable, it is susceptible to humidity, so you might want to consider that if you live in a very humid environment.


Wood veneers 

If solid wood isn’t quite in your budget, wood veneers are a great second choice. They look and feel just like solid wood and are easier to care for, durable, and stylish. They are made by attaching a thin layer of wood to more affordable core materials. The only thing to look out for is water damage, as the thin layer of wood can begin to separate from its base if exposed to excessive moisture.



Typically more affordable than solid wood or wood veneers, laminate is a common cabinet material that is extremely versatile and comes in many colors and styles. Maintenance is easy, too, as laminate is difficult to scratch or chip.


Medium-density fiberboard

A good choice for those who live in humid places, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is a versatile and durable material that is resistant to humidity and, therefore, less likely to warp. MDF is made of wood fiber particles, wax, and resins. Because of its smooth surface, MDF can be painted and re-painted as often as you’d like–a great option for people who like to frequently change up the look and feel of their home!


Melamine and polyester

The cheapest of the cabinet materials, both melamine and polyester are made with plywood, either by covering it with heat-infused melamine resin paper or a thin layer of polyester. Because polyester is slightly more durable, it is also more expensive. Both materials come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and finishes, including faux wood. While melamine and polyester are easy to clean, they are lacking in durability, and dents and scratches can be difficult to repair.

Final thoughts

Whether you’re hoping to do a complete kitchen remodel or just a few renovations, we highly recommend that you consult a designer before beginning your project. The designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years of experience to help make your dream home both functional and affordable. Contact us today for a free consultation!


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