When selecting cabinets for your kitchen, you should take into consideration the type of wood the cabinets are made of.
There are four main types of kitchen cabinet materials for you to choose from; solid wood, paywood, MDF, and particle board.
The types are listed below from what is considered most durable to least durable.
Plywood – pictured above, on the right – is very durable because each layer or “ply” has the grain running different ways. This is why this wood is not used when they break boards in karate tournaments. It’s very hard to break. However, it comes in many different finishes. At Southern Lumber in San Jose, you can get plywood in Teak, Mahogany, Maple, Cherry, and more. Plywood cabinets are more durable than solid wood cabinets as a result of how the plys are layered. Plywood also comes with a different number of plys per thickness. You want the most plys you can reasonably get. More and thinner plys makes for stronger wood than fewer and thicker plys. Plywood is a form of engineered wood.
Solid wood – as the name implies this is solid pieces of wood. Structures within the cabinet (the frame, a side piece, etc) may be made of multiple pieces of wood, but each piece is solid . There is no engineered wood here of any kind.
MDF – medium density fiberboard – is an engineered wood made from the fibers of soft woods that are fused together with an adhesive. MDF is denser, heavier, and more durable than particle board.
Particle board – is an engineered wood made from wood particles that are fused together with an adhesive.
I hope this information is useful to you.
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