Just as having a centrepiece is important to a living room, a kitchen is simply not the same without a good quality set of kitchen cabinet. Singapore homeowners appreciate a good home-cooked meal, as that is one way they spend time with family at the dining table.
Together with a great meal comes all the kitchen accessories you need to whip up those fancy dishes. Some homeowners will confess that they have pots and pans for every occasion. At the same time, the kitchen workspace needs to be clear of irrelevant crockery when not in use.
So what’s the solution to having plenty of kitchen ware and not creating a storage disaster?
Having a functional kitchen cabinet that solves all the headache of homeowners will help.
We know that HDB kitchens are already limited in size, so homeowners must do their best to maximise the usage to keep all their kitchen ware neatly tucked away.
Reading this article will enable you to know what exactly goes into the making of the kitchen cabinet, design-wise so you can confidently talk to your vendor.
Kitchen cabinets are made from wood as the basic material. You will learn about the most common types of wood as you read on.
This is most commonly used in IKEA kitchen cabinet products. Made from recycled materials, it is sturdy and reliable when made into shelves for your kitchen cabinet.
The relatively lower cost of using chipboard benefits homeowners in being wallet-friendly, so you can enjoy quality furniture at affordable prices.
The main reason why you’ll find IKEA carrying products made from chipboard is because of the specialised manufacturing process. You need tools to cut and shape chipboard materials into the specific dimensions. This is something not easily replicable by local and regional suppliers.
Chipboard also doesn’t hold screws well, so using manual ways of joining pieces of them together is not possible.
While you can enjoy the feel-good factor of using environmentally sustainable materials for your home, you will want to know the one important about chipboard…
It is porous, and this makes the material rather thirsty. Not the best combination to have as kitchen cabinets are subject to water and steam often.
Of course, there are many ways to modify the chipboard so you may not get it on its own. For one, chipboard with green addition into the grain means it is made waterproof.
Another common modification is fireproof chipboard. Those are made with red resin.
Now you know IKEA kitchen cabinets are quite different from the next following types of wood you are about to read about. In fact, chipboard quality varies over many grades.
The source is largely from Indonesia or China. As wood contains differing levels of moisture, it determines how tough the material is for your kitchen cabinet. 4 main types of solid plywood are used in your kitchen cabinets.
Having this background knowledge will give you a better idea of how to care for the kitchen cabinets after they are installed in your home.
Here are 3 main types of solid plywood that go into most cabinets.
The three-ply board is more costly, with 3 or 4 layers of alternating wood types. It uses softer wood in the middle, with a tougher outermost layer.
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It warps easily if used over lengths of 1.5m. You can be sure that there are minimal gaps within the three-ply boards, so it holds screws well. This will help ensure your pieces of wood join together firmly without feeling loose.
The jointed plywood patches pieces together, and is good for the shelving of the cabinets. Situations where lengthwise it’s too long to sustain in one piece, this is used to join a few pieces together.
This type of plywood can afford to have a little bit of gaps between the layers, to contribute to lighter weight that doesn’t give in to gravity as much.
The lumber core plywood has a PVC layer on top to waterproof it, and is made into the door and surface of the cabinet. The nature of the wood remains consistent, with little signs of warping over time.
Hinges may not attach to this type of wood easily, so it requires a good set of skills from your carpenter to set this up in your cabinet.
Lumber core plywood
Now that you can appreciate what goes into the materials for your kitchen cabinet, you will be better equipped with how to care for the longevity of the storage place for your pots and pans. Enjoy a lifetime of whipping up good meals for the family in a wonderfully equipped kitchen that doesn’t cut back on kitchen ware due to lack of proper storage!
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