Tell me a day when you have not been to your kitchen! The kitchen is a space, which we use every day and hence needs a lot of maintenance. Kitchen furniture gets exposed to water, food stains, heat and what not! At the same time, it is required to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the kitchen. We need strong and durable materials that can withstand these problems as well as stand out aesthetically, so you enjoy and feel happy. For that, it is essential to know the pros & cons of PVC over wooden cabinets for your home kitchen.
As there are many options available in materials for the Kitchen cabinets. Categorizing them in two, one as a base material and other as surface finishes. The base material is the one we use for making shutters and the drawers. There are many base materials available in the market such as PVC boards, ply boards, WPC, particle boards, etc. Surface finishes on such material can vary depending upon our selection like laminates, veneer, paint etc.
Wooden and PVC are the most common boards used for home kitchen cabinets. Let us know more about the two before constructing or undertaking any new or renovation work.
Wooden cabinets are traditionally used materials for kitchen cabinets. Nowadays, they are often replaced by Plyboards or Plywood or Mdf boards as wooden cabinets are costly and warps when comes in contact with moisture.
Plyboards and Plywood are usable for kitchen furniture if accompanied with best finishes. So it is important to cover them with laminates or film or paint them before you start using your kitchen.
Since they are available in varrying range of strength, looks and cost they are majorly used in our country. Also, it has become a carpenter friendly material.
MDF boards are generally not used in kitchen furniture because they bulge when comes in contact with water.
But, every material has its own disadvantages too!
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PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) boards are available in two types:
These are hollow boards, available in 2400mm x 1200mm sizes and thickness 2 to 35 mm. These boards are used in packing, insulation, protection, cabinets, false ceiling and panelling depending on the thickness of boards. Cabinets are generally made up of 12mm and 18mm boards.
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Those shiny looking PVC foam boards are available in thickness ranging from 1mm to 30mm and sheet sizes 1200mm to 2400mm. Nowadays, these boards have become an alternate to plyboards because of the following advantages:
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The best thing about PVC foam boards is that they are available in matt/glossy finishes that can be used directly for the kitchen storage cabinets. However, any raw surface can get scratches; hence we recommend using laminates or films for such surfaces.
The only disadvantage of PVC cabinets is it needs skilled carpenter for fixing the furniture. Even improper screwing in the boards can cause sagging of shutters and drawers.
PVC foam boards are giving a real competition to traditional wooden cabinets. It is time to replace old wooden cabinets with these PVC foam boards and have maintenance free cabinets.
Hollow PVC kitchen cabinets and foam PVC cabinets provide you with the same look but different strength. Hollow PVC kitchen cabinets are cheap but PVC foam boards are as strong as wood kitchen cabinets. Thus, PVC kitchen made of foam boards are reliable and remarkable material for kitchen cabinets.
However, everyone has its own taste to select a material but it is necessary to select your cabinet material wisely. Hope this pros & cons of PVC over wooden cabinets will help you to choose a right material for your kitchen storage cabinets. As the right choice of material will give you not only the good-looking kitchen but also a maintenance free kitchen!
Urnit Kaur – Urnit Kaur is an Architect based in Ahmedabad. She loves Design challenges and it helps her client’s to bring their thoughts into reality. She has been passionately involved in Architecture from designing projects to managing them on site since 2014. She has been part of Ahmedabad Heritage Dossier project, designing ISRO Bopal campus and currently working on other varied scale projects with Aakruti Architects. With her rich experience in fieldwork, she shares tips and facts in her blogs about Architecture, Interior and MEP services. She believes learning should never stop, so she has developed a hobby of creating colorful home décor items by experimenting different materials and aesthetics.