Laminate Kitchen Cabinets
Plastic laminate is currently a very well-liked preference for use in kitchen cabinets due to its durability, as well as being stain resistant, which is important in kitchen cabinets. Laminate kitchen cabinets now come in various textures, an almost limitless choice of patterns as well as colors. It works well in a kitchen because of its ease in cleaning.
There are negatives associated with laminate kitchen cabinets, the first being that it is prone to receiving chipping as well as torn edges. Both of those mishaps, though, are easy to repair because of what the cabinets are made of. This begs the question, of course, to describe what plastic laminate is made of?
Plastic laminate is actually Kraft paper, which is made from wood pulp, being bonded together using extreme heat and pressure, then plastic coated. The brown Kraft paper beneath the plastic can be seen along the edges of such material, thus it is usually covered up by the use of wood, brass or stainless steel trim.
Plastic laminate kitchen cabinets will last a lifetime, provided it is well cared for. This entails the use of non-abrasive cleaners so that the surface is not dulled nor scratched. Also, the discriminate use of trivets in order to prevent scorching of the laminate prior to setting down a hot pot, is highly recommended.
The difference between a good job of putting up plastic laminate kitchen cabinets, and an excellent professional job, is how seams are handled. A professional seals the seams by hand making sure that there is no filler needed where seams exist. Even the corners of cabinet doors, for instance, appear to be seamless if the job is prepared and finished right!
In order to make plastic laminate kitchen cabinets become more trendy and elegant, some people have resorted to making the edge of the countertop match the laminate that is used in the cabinets. As an example all white laminated cabinets, with a colored countertop, but the countertop has a beveled edge to it that is then laminated in white so that the white is then a source of elegance that ties everything in!
Granted that using plastic laminate kitchen cabinets is a lower cost method of installing kitchen cabinets, but this does not mean that there is no quality in them at all. As mentioned, there is a vast difference between a weekend laminator and an excellent job. Beveled edges are but one specific touch that a plastic laminate kitchen may have that makes it appear more elegant and thought provoked.
If you are going to use plastic laminate kitchen cabinets, make sure that the cabinets themselves are not going to fall or self-destruct by using cheap hinges, and door handles. Invest in quality drawers, door closers and such to make your kitchen one you’ll be infinitely proud of for years and years to come.