By Jung Visser. Cabinet Hardware. Published at Thursday, January 03rd, 2019 - 07:50:09 AM.
Wood has a lot of species and not all kinds are suited for use as kitchen cabinetry. Since kitchens are constantly subjected to everyday use and moisture, the materials for kitchen cabinetry need to be resilient and tough. Wood has the natural tendency to warp, rot and decay over time and in order to prevent such, it is subjected to treatment before use. In order to create a long lasting kitchen cabinetry design for your home, it is important to know a few basics regarding different types of wood that can be used for this application.
Standard base cabinets measure 34.5″ H and 36″ H from the floor to the top of the countertop. The toe kick portion of the cabinet is 4.5″ H. Standard door height is 24″ H. The top-drawer height is 6″ H (34.5″ H total). Three-drawer base cabinets have 6″ H top drawer. Bottom/middle drawer styles are 12″ H with a 4.5″ H toe kick.
The heirloom finish creates an antiqued appearance using stains, glazing and distressing. Before the finish is applied, the kitchen cabinets are subjected to a distressing technique to give it a timeworn look. Sanding, denting and chiseling the edges and corners give the wooden cabinets imperfections. Glaze is then applied to accentuate the details of the door. To create a more rustic and aged appearance, more imperfections may be added.
Laminated Finish – Laminates are an extremely popular finishing material for kitchen cabinets. It is a type of synthetic material that is composed of several layers that are sandwiched together. Laminates are manufactured in thin sheets but are extremely durable and resilient because of their unique material composition. Laminates have three resin reinforced layers. The top layer of laminates are made up of a protective layer of melamine resin. The second layer is known as the decorative layer since it contains the pattern, design, texture and color of the laminate. The third layer, also known as the core layer, is made up of kraft paper that is reinforced with resins. The fourth layer, also referred to as the wear layer, is mainly composed of aluminum oxides, melamine resins and paper.
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