Kitchen Doors – Types of Materials to Consider

  • 28th January, 2014
  • Published by Kitchen Restoration

If you’ve made the decision to give your kitchen a bit of cosmetic surgery, then you’ll fairly soon be asking yourself which doors are the best for you. Ultimately, this will boil down to your own, personal tastes. However, if you take the time to ask yourself a few questions, you might find that there are a few more options open to you than you first thought.

The questions that need answering

The first thing to consider is the effect you’re going for. If you’re going for a rustic, shabby chic, farmhouse-kitchen look, then you’ll probably steer away from sleeker, contemporary materials such as veneers or metal finishes like brushed aluminum. Similarly, if you favour the minimalist look, then you’ll be taking certain things off the list, such as natural woods and embossed designs; you’ll want to keep it simple.

If you’re replacing your kitchen doors and want the minimum of fuss, it might also pay to take a look at any little design features that are part of your kitchen. If your tiles are a particular colour or feature a particular design, then you might want to go for something in a tone that complements and highlights that. If you have an old-fashioned-looking oven, then you might want to consider more traditional-looking woods and designs.

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It’s also worth considering the practical aspects of your kitchen. If you have children or pets (or both), you might want to consider wipe-clean surfaces, rather than woods that might quickly show up signs of wear and tear. However, if your kitchen is something of a haven for cooking and entertaining, you may prefer to use thicker, durable woods to add instant ambience that can also stand up to occasional spills or knocks.

Which material is best for you?

The look you want, the features in your existing kitchen and the way your kitchen is used can all have a bearing on the materials you decide to use for your kitchen doors. Which one might be best for you?

  • Despite the higher price-tag, solid wood doors are a good investment for those who want to imbue their kitchens with the warmer tones than can only be provided by natural materials. Solid wood is durable and has a reputation for longevity. However, they don’t instantly have to mean that these are only for kitchens seeking that cottage-style finish; solid wood doors are available in a range of contemporary designs too, as well as the more rustic-looking classics.
  • Vinyl-wrapped doors give you a broad choice of colours and designs, as well as offering the practical benefits of being wipe-clean and virtually maintenance free. These doors are for those who might want bright, bold colours and simple, dynamic designs. As a result, they are better suited to contemporary kitchens.
  • If you’re on a budget, but like the idea of a classic wood finish, then you might want to check out wood-effect veneers. These have the benefit of being easy to clean as well as costing much less than their natural wood counterparts.
  • Glass is coming back into vogue. With designers utilizing glass in sinks and on worktops, replacing your cupboard doors with glass ones can add a really contemporary, cutting-edge look to your kitchen. However, unless you’re good at keeping your cupboards tidy, you might not want to use them! For those that are, the best glass to use is toughened and, if you want to camouflage your clutter, tinted.