The kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s amazing what a difference a new kitchen can have to the look and feel or your home. Of course, a brand new kitchen can be expensive. If you can’t afford a full overhaul, don’t worry – simply installing new laminate doors can give your kitchen a whole new lease on life. Today, we’re sharing some of our top tips for updating your kitchen with new laminated doors!
The Benefits of Laminated Kitchen Doors
- Durable – When you’ve invested in new cabinet doors, it’s understandable that you want them to last the distance. Laminate is made from compressed wood which makes it very durable and resistant to cracking, fading and warping. This means that you don’t need to worry about your new doors looking shabby after a short period of time.
- Versatile – While there was a time when there were only limited colour options for laminate doors, this isn’t the case these days. You have your pick of colours, style and finishes with your new doors which means you can easily choose an option which suits your personal style. Whether you want bold feature doors, a classic white or a wood look, you’re spoiled for choice.
- Affordable – It’s difficult when you want new cabinet doors but everything you see seems to be out of your price range. With laminated doors, you get the best of both worlds – great quality doors at an affordable price. Thanks to the cost effectiveness of laminated doors, you can get a brand new look for your kitchen without the expensive price tag.
- Easy maintenance – Let’s be honest, none of us want to spend too much time on maintaining our kitchen cabinets. Luckily, laminated doors are easy to maintain thanks to them being stain and scratch resistant. Invest in a soft microfibre cloth and gently dust the service of your cabinets once a week. Wipe any spills off immediately and give your cabinets a clean with a mild solution on a weekly basis.
Tips on Buying New Laminated Doors
Set a budget
A good starting point is to sit down and decide how much you want to spend on your cabinet doors. It’s easy to get carried out and you don’t want to blow your budget on a project which should be cost effective. It’s a good idea to get a sense of how much laminate doors tend to cost and set your budget from there. Once you have a budget, stick to it!
Choose a door that suits your style
Think about your personal and style and find a cabinet door that suits this aesthetic. With laminate, you have plenty of choice! You also need to think about practicality – if you have children, a simple style which is easy to clean might be the perfect option. You also need to ensure that your new cabinet doors suit the rest of the house – ultra modern, high gloss doors might not look quite right in an older style house.
Consider extra cabinets
In a kitchen, you can never have too much space and installing new cabinet doors can be the perfect opportunity to see if you can fit in additional cabinets to optimise the space you have. Whether it’s additional overhead cabinets or a corner floor to ceiling pantry, additional cabinetry in the kitchen can make a big difference to overall functionality.
Choose the right finish
It’s not just the colour and style of cabinet doors that you need to think about – there’s also the finish.
High Gloss Finish
For example, a high gloss finish can help to make a space look bigger due to reflecting the light and can be a good choice for darker coloured cabinets as it won’t close the space. High gloss is also easy to clean. However, high gloss can also make fingerprints and scratches look more noticeable.
If you’re interested in a matte finish, they suit a more traditional kitchen and don’t show up dirt and imperfections. However, they absorb light and may not be the best for small spaces.
You can also opt for a satin finish if you want to opt for a happy medium between matte and gloss.
We can’t stress this one enough! Once you’ve chosen your new laminated doors, it’s time to put your order in and you need to make sure you measure carefully to ensure the right fit. You don’t want brand new cabinet doors turning up only to find that they don’t fit. Measure a number of times to ensure there are no discrepancies with your calculations.
Visit a showroom
It’s one thing to look at laminate doors online but you really need to see them in person to get an idea of what a certain style or finish will look like. Visit a showroom and take a look and their range of laminated cabinet doors. A finish that you liked the look of online may not look like you expected in real life! It’s also a good idea to see the various colours in person and get some swatches to take home.
Get a Cost Effective Facelift
At The Kitchen Door Company, we don’t have any modular sizes - all of our kitchen doors are custom made to your exact requirements. All of our cabinet laminated doors are made from Australian High Moisture Resistant 16mm particle board and are supplied with soft closing hardware. Our doors come in a range of styles and colours so you can choose an option which suits your lifestyle. By keeping your existing cabinets and getting new doors, you can give your kitchen a cost effective facelift!
To take a look at our massive range of laminated doors for your kitchen, visit the eKitchens showroom in Osborne Park or take a closer look at our range online.