Kitchen cabinets are an important part of any design for any kitchen, and know how cabinets are built, and what they’re built from, helps you make better decisions.
It does matter what yours are made of or where you get them (the Home Depot in Cupertino, or elsewhere). The trade offs are cost and durability and the concepts apply to that are custom built or stock items from Lowe’s.
The four main materials for wood cabinets are (with the most expensive at the top):
Solid wood – As the name implies, solid wood is solid wood. One caveat is solid wood pieces are are sometimes made of smaller pieces that are connected together, but each piece is solid, as in none of the engineered products listed below are used at all. This is the most expensive material used.
Plywood – This is pictured above on the right. It is another engineered product which is as the name implies, “plys” (layers) of wood that are sandwiched together with an adhesive. Plywood has greater rigidity and stability than particle board or MDF as in the various plys, the grains runs in different directions. Different plywoods have different numbers of plys. The more plys, the stronger and more durable the wood.
Medium density fiber board – MDF is also engineered and is made from wood fibers (not wood chips) that are fused together with an adhesive. MDF is less expensive than plywood, and more expensive than particle board.
Particle board – This is pictured above on the left. Particle board is an engineered wood made from wood chips that are fused together with an adhesive. This is the least expensive material used.
The vast majority of commercially available cabinets are made of MDF and plywood.
For more detail on cabinet styles, construction, etc, read the post series on this website by clicking the link earlier in this sentence.
I hope this information is useful to you.
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