Understanding the Different Materials for Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, and your choice of kitchen cabinets sets the tone for the entire room. The materials you choose for your cabinets influence the aesthetics, durability and functionality. Here at Sterling Kitchen & Bath, we know a thing or two about quality kitchen cabinets. Let’s delve into the wide array of kitchen cabinet materials and the pros of each.

Solid Wood

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One of the most sought-after materials for kitchen cabinets, solid wood exudes a warm and classic feel that’s hard to match. It’s known for its incredible durability and the fact that it can be refinished. Hardwoods like oak, maple and cherry are popular choices due to their dense grain and durability. From rustic to ultra-modern designs, wood cabinets blend with almost any kitchen style effortlessly.


Plywood is a fantastic alternative to solid wood, especially for homeowners seeking quality and affordability in one package. It’s composed of thin wood veneers glued together, creating a sturdy material resistant to warping and shrinking. With a proper finish, plywood can mimic the aesthetic of solid wood at a fraction of the cost.

Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF)

If you’re after a smooth and uniform appearance, MDF is your go-to material. It’s an engineered wood product made from wood fibers, resin and wax. MDF is dense, and strong and handles paint exceptionally well, making it perfect for custom colors and modern kitchen designs.

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Stainless Steel

For a sleek, modern, industrial aesthetic, nothing beats stainless steel. Not only is it stylish, but it’s also extremely durable, easy to clean and resistant to heat and stains. While it can show fingerprints, a quick wipe is usually all it takes to keep it looking pristine.


Melamine is a cost-effective option that offers style and resilience. It’s made by applying resin-soaked paper onto a substrate, creating a material that’s available in an extensive array of colors and patterns. Its key benefit is easy maintenance; it only requires a quick wipe to keep it clean.

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Thermofoil cabinets are made by vacuum-pressing a thin layer of vinyl onto medium-density fiberboard or engineered wood. They offer a smooth, seamless appearance, are available in countless colors and are notably affordable. Best of all, they’re low maintenance and resist moisture, making them a solid choice for humid climates.

Glass-Front Cabinets

Glass-front cabinets are an excellent choice for homeowners looking to add a touch of elegance to their kitchen. They create a sense of openness and are perfect for displaying beautiful dishes and glassware. Plus, they can break up a run of solid cabinetry, adding visual interest to your kitchen layout.

With so many materials to choose from, picking the right kitchen cabinets might feel overwhelming. But that’s where we come in. At Sterling Kitchen & Bath, our expert team is ready to help guide you through the selection process, ensuring your new cabinets match your style, budget and kitchen needs. Visit one of our showrooms in greater Philadelphia to see these materials for yourself and find the perfect match for your dream kitchen.

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