Your Guide To Kitchen Cabinets, Cupboards and Drawers
Your choice of kitchen cabinets is so important. They will account for a significant proportion of the cost of your Melbourne kitchen renovation. Plus, the style and finish you choose will have a big impact on the look of your new kitchen.
Quality is crucial and the best combination is well-built cabinetry using the best materials.
You’re doing yourself no favours if you opt for one but not the other.
Kitchen cabinets are one those things in life where you really do get what you pay for.
That’s just one tip. Check out many more from Rosemount Kitchens in the comprehensive guide below.
Most people have an overall kitchen style in mind, which helps to narrow the range of options and whether or not a profile or flat door is best.
Here are a few common styles.
Flatspeaks for itself. There are no door features – it’s perfectly flat (which makes it easy to just wipe over with a cloth). The clean, minimalist style makes it a good choice for modern and contemporary kitchens.
The Shaker-style is one of the most popular profile cabinet door styles. Shaker doors have a flat centre piece with a frame around the edges. It’s a simple style that works well in a range of kitchens.
Glass-front doors are great for displaying items inside cabinets. They can also be used to add variety to your cabinetry – just one or two glass fronted doors will add interest.
Open shelving – clients seem to love it or hate it. Open shelving is highly functional, as you can see where everything is, but that can also be a drawback for some people.
Kicker Drawers utilise the space that is usually wasted. It is ideal for cooking trays or platters that are hard to stack. We have been told that some use kicker drawers to store their favourite red wine!!!!
None of us want to get down on our hands and knees to collect items from the back of cabinets.
With new drawers systems, all your saucepans, plates, glasses and plastics are easy to store and and easy to access. Today’s soft close drawers not only feel beautiful to use but they can take up to 65kg of weight.
Kitchens with many drawers make all the difference. Everything becomes easily accessible.
Sink drawers allow for a far more practical use of the cabinet.
No more messy sink cupboards with wasted space. Sink drawers allow you to store dishwashing items in a top drawer that is shaped to accommodate your sink and its plumbing.
You are then left with a bottom drawer to store other items or to use for a bin system.
Kitchen Bin Drawers
Being able to hide your rubbish behind a door is a popular option these days. Let’s face it, when you think of your dream kitchen, is there a rubbish bin visible?
Bins can be unsightly and take up valuable floor space.
While visually more appealing, hidden cupboard bins also keep your waste out of reach of any little kids or pets.
There are a number of models available, and at the very least you want a system where the bins are easy to clean and maintain.
Generally the options are a slide-out or integrated bin.
Bin drawers are best installed near or under the sink. There are also various sizes available to suit your particular kitchen and household needs.
Systems these days also usually offer dual receptacles – ideal for sorting your recycling.
Well hidden … can you spot the kitchen bin drawer?
Recycle solutions – today we recycle more than ever.
New bin systems to cater for separating rubbish are available in many different sizes to meet the specific needs of your household. For example, larger bins can be used for your cans, bottles and cardboard and smaller ones with lids for food scraps for composting.
Cargo bins can be fitted into a cabinet in your kitchen. They come in varying widths to meet your specific needs.
Other options include self-retracting lids, and antibacterial or odour control features.
The runner (or slider) is the element that allows the drawer to slide in and out – ideally with a smooth and silent action. They are mounted either on the side or the bottom of the drawer, and typically use ball bearings or nylon rollers/wheels.
Generally speaking, most are available in textured, matt or gloss. Satin and ultra-high gloss finishes are also popular.
It’s useful to know that most finishes will fingerprint to some extent, and it’s not necessarily an issue confined to lighter surfaces. For instance, fingerprints might be visible on both a white high gloss and dark matt finish.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that while all options are available for flat and plain-faced doors, there are some restrictions with profile doors.
Remember there are pros and cons to each finish and none are indestructible.
Popular Cabinetry Finishes
The types of kitchen cabinet finishes most commonly used in Australia include:
This is the most common material used in kitchen doors and drawer faces. Advances in technology mean that this type of material is super durable, suits all kitchen styles, is easy to clean and available in a vast range of colours and designs (including extremely convincing wood grains). At the lower price point, it’s difficult to go past. Stick with known brands as their products are well researched, tested, safe and have strong retail support.
High Gloss Board offers a sophisticated, glossy, modern and clean look for your kitchen at a lower cost than Two Pack. Another highly durable material, High Gloss Board doors are usually 18mm thick (thicker than Colour Board and the same as 2 Pack) with a matching 1mm ABS edge.
A thin vinyl sheet is vacuum-sealed onto the board. While there have been some issues with this finish in the past, recent technological advances mean this is now a quality kitchen cupboard door option. Vinyl wrap kitchen doors are great for a seamless look – as there are no edges – and for profile doors.
Two Pack kitchens have a terrific reputation, partly because of the very hard and super-durable polyurethane paint finish. Applied by the manufacturer, Two Pack is often seen in high-end kitchens. This door style is beautiful in finish, and as varied in look as the homes these kitchens are usually installed in. Of all the door material finishes, Two Pack offers the widest range and can be completely personalised in colour and profile.
These capture the natural beauty and warmth of wood with timber or timber veneer doors. A wide range of solid timbers and veneers are available. Flat, plain-faced doors are made out of timber veneer, while profiled doors are made out of solid timber (although you may also see variations that have veneer centre panels). The benefits of veneer include an appearance of natural wood without the expense.
Key Tip: Be mindful of the edging. At Rosemount, we use high impact resistant ABS edging on kitchen cabinets, doors and panels. The reason? It doesn’t chip or peel. We’re also impressed by “laser fusion”, a new sophisticated edging process with excellent finish, durability and visual appeal.
Kitchen Cabinet Handles
Take a look at the photos below to see how something as simple as kitchen cupboard handles can make a real difference to a space.
When thinking about your cabinetry materials and finishes, while it might be tempting to consider lower quality and therefore cheaper options, it’s likely to cost you more in the long term.
For example, did you know that much of the imported whiteboard for the lower cost cabinets does not comply with Australian standards? It simply doesn’t stand up to Australian weather conditions, not to mention the extensive daily use kitchen cupboards and drawers are subjected to – especially if you have kids.
Plus, there’s no reliable way to know the health and safety implications of the products involved (including those relating to formaldehyde emissions).
Even if the cabinets don’t actually fall apart (which we see regularly), they will wear and age very quickly and detract from your entire kitchen remodel.
Why go to all the effort and expense of renovating your kitchen if the cabinets are not going to survive more than a couple of years?
What materials should you use?
These days most kitchen cabinet carcasses are made from Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) or particle board.
Both are made by breaking down wood into smaller pieces or fibres. The board is formed after combining with resin and applying high temperatures and pressure.
MDF and particle board are very similar but tend to be used in different aspects of a kitchen renovation.
Use well-known and reputable brands. We recommend:
Finally, a couple of other valuable pieces of advice.
Most cabinet manufacturers provide a warranty. Walk away if they don’t. Check the warranty and understand exactly what is – and isn’t covered.
We guarantee products for a period of 10 years from the date of delivery.
This applies to cabinets, benches, fittings and accessories supplied by Rosemount Kitchens with the following exceptions:
Hinges and drawer runners by Blum are guaranteed for the life of the product.
Bins and other accessories are guaranteed for one year, or for the period of the manufacturers guarantee.
And here’s another key point – always check the professional registration of your cabinetmaker or manufacturer.
Rosemount Kitchens is a Registered Building Practitioner (Licence No: DB-L 43379).
We’d be delighted to help if you have any questions about choosing the best kitchen cabinets, cupboards and drawers for your kitchen renovation – or if you’d like more information about our guarantees.
We have referred loads of people to Rosemount. They weren’t the cheapest company but for me it’s about the quality of the product. You get what you pay for.
Rosemount were by far the best of the trades we dealt with in our whole renovation, and continue to be. And we had a great kitchen designer who was clearly excited about doing something a bit different and edgier. He really brought some of my ideas in the kitchen to life.
Our decision to contract Rosemount resulted in a high end result, within budget and on time. The company’s wonderful team had the expertise, experience and dedication to guide the project from start to finish making the renovation a great experience and not a burden.
Rosemount’s service was outstanding from start to finish. We love our new kitchen and couldn’t be happier with the experience we had. I would highly recommend Rosemount without hesitation.
We did a full kitchen and bathroom renovation. Everyone within the company is fantastic, from the reps to the managers/owners to the tradesmen. We couldn’t have asked for a better team to look after this build.
Daniel & Anastasia
Rosemount made this an easy and mostly seamless undertaking for us and the results are significantly better than we anticipated. To say we are delighted with our new kitchen is a gross understatement. It is just sensational.
Sue and Howard Epstein
Rosemount is a premium product and they should be very proud of the results they produce. Our neighbours walked in and just went ‘wow’. And that wow factor is the difference.
People love the kitchen, and are blown away with the transformation. And for me it’s not just beautiful, every part is so functional.
Our designer was just fantastic. He wanted our kitchen to come to fruition as much as we did.
I’m sure we could have done our reno cheaper (although we did have a more expensive quote), but we couldn’t have done it better or had a smoother trouble free experience with such great trades and final result.
Our Essential Kitchen Guide
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