Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Going wood-free in the kitchen: cabinet material optionsby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Wood cabinetry isn't for everyone. Whether you want to stick to sustainable materials, avoid outgassing from formaldehyde-treated wood, opt for something more durable or you just want to go against the grain by entirely avoiding any wood or wood-grained substance in the kitchen -- whatever your reason for wanting to go wood-free, you have a host of options.
Wood-free kitchen cabinet options
It may not be easy to find non-wood cabinets that are designed to be used in the kitchen, but with a little creativity, you can repurpose outdoor or work cabinets -- and you may be able to find them cheaper than storage solutions meant for the kitchen. When picking out anything for kitchen use, it's important to remember that the kitchen is one of the most abused and highly trafficked rooms in the house. Materials should be able to take some heat, be easily cleanable (and not easily stained) and be able to stand up well when wet (not rust or just soak it all up). Here are a few of the most popular options:
Talk to your contractor about your different options, and see if going completely wood-free is going to meet your needs.
About the Author
Karl Fendelander cut his teeth on web writing in the late nineties and has been plugged in to the newest technology and tuned in to the latest trends ever since. With an eye for design and an ear for language, Karl has created content and managed digital media for startups and established companies alike. When he unplugs, Karl can be found biking about town and hiking and climbing throughout the West.