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Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinet Door Types

Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinet Door Types

Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinet Door Types

Why homeowners tend to invest a lot more into their kitchen upgrades? Because it is the most useful and valuable room of the entire house.
We all know that the Kitchen is the centre of all activities for any home; it is no longer just a space where meals are prepared.
As Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts generally determines the style of your cabinet, it’s important to understand how to choose your kitchen cabinet doors.
As it is the main part of your cabinet, it is important to keep in mind that the kitchen cabinet’s doors will be taking up a large portion of your cabinet budget.
While we can recommend, the material choice (hence the style) is still very much your own decision, based on your personal preference.

Choosing the doors and drawer fronts; in 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Start with the kitchen shelf and drawer layout; determine number of doors and drawers how many you need.
Important questions to ask one-self are: Do you want more cupboards, shelves or drawers? Do you want open shelves on the wall, and all drawers on the base cabinet frame? How about lift-up cabinet doors at eye level? Or what about cabinet doors with slide-out baskets and trays?
A mix of open and closed cabinet shelves is good idea for those who want add some decorative elements to their kitchen. Everyone has their own preference.
Drawers or Sliding baskets, which type better?
Drawers should only be installed at the base cabinets, not the wall cabinets (since you won’t be able to look inside them if they are mounted that high)
Go for more drawers instead of cabinets + slide out baskets. You can open the drawers in one motion, compared to opening a cupboard door and then sliding out a tray. In addition, you will end up scratching your door, if you forget to slide the tray back in and close the door.
Clear glass doors should only be used on wall cabinets if you have young children.

Step 2: The Material choice (Pros and Cons)
As a general rule:
For a natural/rustic wood base look: Melamine or Laminated Plywood
For a contemporary/glossy look: Glass or Acrylic

What is Melamine board? It is basically the outside two layers; it’s thermally fused on to a particle board core, and forms a hard outside layer. Because there are so many different colours and finishes available, melamine is called melamine even though it has a particle board core.
Not only does the material look modern, it can also last for many years to come if it’s well taken care of.
Melamine many inherent properties that work together to make it fire retardant and warp-proof, making it a competitive choice in kitchen décor. While resistant to moisture (but susceptible to water), melamine is not recommended to be installed near wash basins.
Many Malaysian homeowners tend to choose melamine material for their kitchen doors as it is relatively more affordable.
Pros: Affordable; easy to clean and maintain high durability material. Lighter than glass doors
Cons: Non-water resistant; visible joint lines at certain areas, no glossy effect
Laminated Plywood

Laminated plywood is made by taking the plywood board and adding a plastic layer similar to melamine. The difference between melamine and laminate is that laminate is made of many more layers of resin impregnated paper, with a plastic-coated finishing, and cured under much higher pressure. The laminate is then glued to the plywood.
Although plywood laminated tend to be slightly more costly, it is considered sturdier compared to melamine. A very ideal choice for persons having no plans to move houses later on.
However, plywood materials are not recommended to use near areas exposed to high heat, as the laminate glue may melt resulting to peeling on the outer layer.
Pros: Wide selection of textures and designs. Lighter & Stronger than Melamine.
Cons: Slightly more expensive than melamine; visible joint lines at certain areas; outer layer can peel in a high temperature environment.
Acrylic Acrylic Cabinet Doors — Gloss/ Matte Acrylic Cabinet Doors | Cronos Design
Thinking of getting a resplendent and contemporary appearance for your cooking space? Then acrylic is a sure way to go, especially if you are dealing with a smaller kitchen space.
In a nutshell, acrylic is a non-toxic material that gives a high gloss finish to your kitchen cabinets. Smaller kitchen space seems bigger and more open with the light reflected from the glossy cabinet doors. 
Acrylic doors are glossy, easy to clean and maintain. Homeowners are also a wide range of colours to select from, matching their liking.
Pros: Shatter resistant, easy to maintain and clean; available in a wide range of colours, does not crack easily
Cons: Fingerprints, dust and stains can be easily spotted on its glossy surface; easily scratched; colour-shading differences if owners were to replace doors of the same hue years later.
3G Glass
3G glass kitchen doors are made of either coloured sticker glass or spray-painted glass, which both comes with an aluminium door frame. As the making of 3G glass doors does not involve any wooden materials, homeowners who are concerned about termite infestation can feel at ease.
Due to its scratch-resistant surface, 3G glass doors is the preferred choice of Malaysian homeowners that value is not only glossy surface. Acrylic on the other hand is more prone to scratches.
Another feature of 3G glasses is its built-in door handles. As the aluminium frame runs through the height of the door, it is also served as the door handle, and often comes with soft-close hinges.
Overall, 3G glass doors are generally easy to take care of as any stains can be cleaned off easily.
Pros: Easy cleaning; higher scratch-resistance. Suitable for heavy cooking area, does not break easily
Cons: thick aluminium frame may appear unsightly. Heavy materials, so strong hinges are needed
4G Glass

Looking for a minimalist kitchen appearance? Then 4G glass door is the way to go. 4G glass doors is a slight upgrade from 3G glass, as the aluminium door frame is thinner and hidden from the front, giving your kitchen cabinets a seamless finish.
The making of 4G glass doors also includes a thin layer of crystal spray paint, which adds more shine effect to the surface, and an extra layer of protection. When paired with cupboard lighting, it also adds depth and style to 4G glass kitchen doors.
Homeowners who are concerned about termite infestation can feel at ease, as the making of 4G glass doors does not involve any wooden materials. 
Due to its sharper edges, the material may not be suitable for households with young children.
Pros: Easy to maintain; scratch-resistant; Seamless design with clean lines compared to 3G glass doors as aluminium frame is thinner.
Cons: Heavy material, so strong hinges are needed. The edges may be sharper than other materials. Glass may shatter and may require an expensive repair. Can be more expensive than other material choices
Step 3: Budget and Bottom lines
As the cost of different materials may differ, the allocated budget for renovation works will remain a big determining factor on the final look of your kitchen. Before you proceed to making any decision on what you want, or what must be foregone, figure out what your bottom line looks like.
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