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Particle Board vs. Plywood Cabinets

Particle Board vs. Plywood Cabinets

Your kitchen and bathroom cabinets would be looking great on the outside, but what about their inner structures? Does it really matter whether they are made of particle board or plywood?

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets entirely constructed of plywood are sturdier, more durable, and hold veneer better than particle board cabinet boxes. If all other factors are equal, plywood cabinets are best. But considering other factors such as cost and availability, particle board cabinet boxes can be a wise choice.

Plywood are sturdier, more durable, and hold veneer better than particle board cabinet boxes.

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can be divided into two elements, boxes and fronts. For example, a kitchen cabinet base with no doors, fixtures, or countertop is a box. A kitchen wall cabinet (the type of cabinet that hangs from the wall) devoid of fixtures and doors is also a box. Fronts on the other hand are an entirely different, Doors and drawer fronts are the veneered decorative face that you see, the part that most people are concerned with. Common front styles are Shaker and slab and popular veneered wood species are cherry or oak. Below this hardwood veneer front is a plywood base. The other interchangeable elements are the decorative veneered side panels, which typically match the veneered fronts. For framed cabinets, the exposed vertical stiles (vertical sections) and rails (horizontal sections) may be veneered or may be solid hardwood.

Boxes are the true heart of cabinet systems. Boxes, too, are interchangeable. A cabinet manufacturer may, for example, offer only one 36 Inch base cabinet. But according to your design wishes, any number of door and drawer fronts may be attached to this one base cabinet.