It has been a long accepted trick that replacing your cupboard doors is a fast, cheap and effective way to totally transform the look and feel of your overall kitchen. Your only investment is the doors, handles and hinges – as well as the skill of a trades person if you are not confident enough to tackle the task on your own! – and this cuts the costs in a significant way, allowing you to enjoy a kitchen upgrade without the mess, expense and headache of a total kitchen refit. There are also plenty of options available, as we now live in a world where it is super simple to purchase kitchen doors online – visit our online shop for plenty of examples. Although this is a cheaper option, some homeowners find themselves daunted by the sheer number of options available – and the high costs which some materials can reach.
To help you navigate the options, we have put together a guide to some of the most popular material options, their place in your budget, and the pros and cons of each.
Classic hardwood is a popular option, and it is easy to see why – these doors are sleek, stylish look and feel super luxurious. They are also hard-wearing, and tend to be a good option for the sometimes harsh conditions of a kitchen; many fans see them as investments, as, despite the high price tag, woods such as pine, oak or cherry do tend to stand the test of time. On the downside, this initial investment can be hefty – hardwood doors do not come in cheap.
Melamine is a popular mid-range option, and these offer a hardwood look, feel and finish, but at a reduced cost. The units are made from compressed wood particles, which are encased in a resin and paper finish – cheaper than solid wood. There tend to be a good range of colours, shades, styles and designs, and this makes them a popular option to upgrade your space. They are less hardworking than solid wood however, and can crack or become damaged if water penetrates the seal.
Vinyl wrapped doors are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the wide range of colours, styles and options available, and the lower price tag. Cut panels of MDF are routed, profiled and glued, and a blend of heat and a vacuum are then used to add vinyl to the outside of the unit, creating the look of the door – this means that you cannot see the join, and the end result is smooth and flawless. Their lower price tag means that vinyl options tend to be extremely popular, and they offer a fast, cheap way to totally transform your kitchen in just a few simple steps. The main downside is that there tend to be fewer options in terms of colour and finish, and this could be an issue if you have a specific aesthetic in mind, or enjoy lots of variety.