The kitchen has now become the center of the home. And with that, your kitchen cabinets are suddenly taking center stage. So, this begs the question: Which types of cabinets are truly worthy of the limelight: all wood cabinets or particle board?
IKEA has popularized particle board in recent years due to its low cost. On the flip side, particle-board cabinets won’t last you nearly as long as all wood cabinets will.
Here’s a rundown of what you should know about particle board versus all wood cabinets before you decide which one will win a spot in your kitchen this spring.
And the battle begins.
3…2…1…go. Let’s jump in!
Particle Board Benefits
You probably have family and friends who swear by IKEA. After all, the particle-board cabinets and other furniture the company offers can seem easy on the wallet at the outset.
Particle board does have a couple of other positive traits, too. For instance, it won’t warp, contract or expand if the laminate finish remains intact. Also, it’s relatively durable even when you use it regularly.
Plus, particle board is paintable. So, if you’re not crazy about its existing veneer, you can simply prime and paint it as you wish.
Furthermore, this material comes with no problematic holes or voids that will render screws and nails worthless — something you may experience with a bad batch of wood.
Particle Board Disadvantages
One of the biggest disadvantages of particle board is that if you take a close look at it, it doesn’t come close to looking as attractive as solid wood does.
And we know looks aren’t everything. After all, it’s what’s inside that counts, right? Fair enough — let’s take a detailed look at the quality of the material itself, too, then.
The issue with particle board is that if part of its veneer or laminate peels away, your particle board becomes exposed, and it will start to crumble.
On top of that, if the exposed material gets wet, it will begin to act like corrugated cardboard that has become drenched, expanding in size. After particle board has become wet, there’s no repairing it. So, is it truly the best option for the kitchen environment?
And another thing: If you plan to hang particle-board cabinets from a soffit, be prepared to burn some muscles.
Believe it or not, particle board can be heavy when you’re trying to handle big sheets of it. That means transporting and installing them yourself can be challenging, especially if your installation involves climbing stairs.
Do you really want to put yourself through that — and not just once but multiple times since particle board generally doesn’t last very long? Didn’t think so.
Benefits of All Wood Cabinets
When you look at natural wood, you can see the beautiful grains, the impressive color, and the carved details. If you’re blown away by the look of wood, you’re not the only one. It’s one of the reasons why wood cabinets are so popular.
Even the nicest cabinets made from particle board can’t match the allure of wood.
But the other major benefit of wood is its unsurpassed strength. Even if you want to reposition hardware or make modifications, you can do this without worrying about destroying your cabinets.
Particle-board cabinets might be slapped together using screws, glue or staples. You don’t get that with a high-quality wood cabinet.
Plus, wood cabinets convey sophistication and a high-end feel — the perfect touch for your new kitchen.
Another advantage of wood is that you can easily stain and color it to your heart’s content. And all wood cabinets are effortless to refinish down the road if you suddenly want to change up your cabinetry’s look.
Finally, wood isn’t susceptible to moisture issues like particle board is. There’s no need to worry about your cabinets swelling over time due to improper sealing when you choose all wood cabinets.
Compared with cheaper particle board, wood does come with a higher price tag upfront. However, you ultimately get what you pay for. Unlike with particle board, you don’t have to keep replacing wood cabinets, especially since you can simply refinish them anytime.
If you want your kitchen cabinets to hold up through nearly all of your life’s stages, all wood cabinets are the best investment for you.
Also, wood might not seem to be as easy to clean as particle board is. The reality, though, is that wood cabinets are still relatively simple to maintain. Simply dust them and wax them occasionally.
And one more thing: You might think that wood cabinets are not as efficient to assemble as particle-board cabinets are. Think again. The truth is you can have all wood cabinets with a quick assembly.
A provider of high-quality wood cabinets can easily give you access to a broad range of wood styles.
For instance, perhaps glazed cherry would go perfectly in your kitchen. This will give your kitchen a nice traditional feel but with a modern touch if you pair it with contemporary-style hardware, such as knobs made from brushed nickel. The result is a timeless kitchen.
Charleston White cabinetry is another option that works well in a French Country or rustic setting. You couldn’t ask for a more formal yet relaxed look.
If you’re feeling a little edgier, why not try Shaker Grey cabinetry? The finish is calming and composed, offering a neutral yet dramatic look that is ideal for the modern-style kitchen.
In addition, you can’t go wrong with a York Coffee cabinet option if you want your kitchen to exude a sense of refinement combined with simplicity. It’s the perfect way to add elegance and attractiveness to your family’s regular gathering spot.
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Get in touch with us to find out more about why wood cabinets beat out other cabinet options and how our wood cabinets can add value to your kitchen this year.