Typically, cabinets are six sided variations of boxes, with five fixed sides and a door on the sixth. The type of material used for the cabinet largely depends on the place in which it is going to be used. However, what is more important is that a specific part of the cabinet needs a specific material for optimum performance. Let’s look at the materials most commonly used for the various parts of a cabinet.
When we first look at any cabinet we see the doors, the drawers and the like. For these parts of the cabinet, it is best to go for solid wood as it adds elegance to the cabinet. Among the common types of wood are cherry, which is the most expensive followed by mahogany, teak and oak. However, modern cabinets prefer to use plywood and other thinner sheets to save money.
The cabinet body or the carcase is the most important part of a cabinet and one needs to be particularly careful when choosing a material for this as a wrong choice could render the whole cabinet unusable. Usually, thick plywood is used for high quality cabinets but if one is looking to cut costs, any particle board material can be used.
When one uses solid wood or thick plywood, the finish is seemingly better as the natural feel and color tone of the material can be used to add to the dйcor of the place. However, when a particle board material is used, it is up to either the owner or the manufacturer to stick a veneer on top for a design. While this offers more flexibility, there is still the artificial aesthetic to it that doesn’t always sit well.