How to Select the Perfect Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing the right kitchen cabinets is a critical decision when renovating your kitchen or bathroom. Cabinets not only contribute to the aesthetics of your space but also affect its durability and functionality. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through the various types of cabinets and their characteristics.

Types of Cabinet Doors:

  1. Slab Door: Consists of a single piece, offering a minimalist and modern look.
  2. Shaker Door: Characterized by a central panel framed by rails and stiles, available in different frame widths.
  3. Customization Options: Many manufacturers provide options for adding glass inserts to enhance versatility.

Dufferent types of cabinet doors

Materials Available on the Market:

  1. Melamine (or Laminate):

    • Offers a wide range of colors and finishes.
    • Mimics wood veneers realistically.
    • Affordable option but may show fingerprints easily.

Melamine Kitchen Cabinet

  1. European Laminate:

    • Similar to melamine but with a thicker panel (¾ inches), providing enhanced durability.
    • Offers various colors and finishes.

modern european laminate kitchen styles

  1. Similacquer (or 2D Polymer):

    • Utilizes a fusion technology for a smooth and glossy finish resembling lacquer.
    • Resistant to humidity and UV rays.
    • Visible assembly joints on doors.
  2. Thermoplastic (or 3D Polymer):

    • Features a thin PVC film bonded to a wood-based panel.
    • Offers versatility in shapes and hidden assembly joints.
    • Susceptible to warping from heat over time.
  3. Lacquer:

    • Applied to a medium density fiberboard panel (MDF).
    • Wide color range and customizable options.
    • Prone to color changes and chipping with impacts.
  4. Wood Veneer:

    • Natural wood sheet glued to a panel.
    • Offers a variety of wood species and finishes.
    • Better humidity resistance than solid wood.
  5. Solid Wood:

    • Available in various species such as maple, cherrywood, walnut, oak, and exotics.
    • Customizable with multiple door styles.
    • Vulnerable to color changes and humidity.

solid wood cabinet door

  1. Advanced Engineering:

    • Features extreme resistance and durability.
    • Fenix stands out as the most resilient material, suitable for countertops.
    • Anti-fingerprint finishes and easy maintenance, albeit at a higher cost.


  • Melamine (Laminate): $
  • European Laminate: $$
  • Similacquer (2D Polymer): $$
  • Thermoplastic (3D Polymer): $$$
  • Lacquer: $$$$
  • Wood Veneer: $$$$
  • Solid Wood: $$$$$
  • Advanced Engineering: $$$$$

The choice of cabinet materials significantly impacts the overall project cost, so weigh your options carefully.