Laminate Kitchen Cabinets: Low Maintenance and Low Cost
by Karen Lawson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Considering laminate kitchen cabinets makes sense for busy families and those preferring practical function over pricey hardwood and veneer cabinet refacing materials. Some features and benefits of laminate kitchen cabinets (and refacing your kitchen cabinets with laminate materials) include:
- Pricing: Replacing kitchen cabinets usually starts in the mid-thousands of dollars, while refacing kitchen cabinets costs 30 to 50 percent less. Laminate kitchen cabinets can be styled to resemble contemporary European designs costing much more. If a modern look is what you're after, there is probably a cost-effective laminate option that can help you obtain that look.
- Versatility: Laminate materials are durable and inexpensive to repair or replace compared to wooden cabinets. When your teenager roller blades through the kitchen and demolishes a laminate cabinet door or two, it isn't likely to cost a mint to fix them.
- Simplicity and function: Sleek, contemporary styling compliments popular stainless steel sinks and appliances; laminate kitchen cabinets are often trimmed with brushed steel or stainless steel hardware. Laminate cabinet surfaces can be cleaned quickly and seldom contain grooves and traditional detailing that collects dirt.
- Resemblance to wood cabinets: Some modern laminate styles closely resemble wood, so if you want traditional styling, don't rule out laminate kitchen cabinets.
Check out laminate cabinet products online for shopping prices, kitchen design ideas, and available products. Popular brands include Armstrong, KraftMaid, and Thomasville. Don't forget to consider decorative options, including unusual kitchen cabinet hardware and glass inserts for kitchen cabinet doors.
About the Author
Karen Lawson is a freelance writer whose interests include home and garden projects and interior design. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.
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