Kitchen Door Materials: What Are Kitchen Doors Made Of?

If you’re looking at redecorating or renovating your kitchen, the type of kitchen cabinet and cupboard doors you choose will have an influence over your budget. Kitchen cabinets are the first thing people will notice when they walk into a kitchen, so you want to make sure you’ve chosen a material and style that reflects who you are and suits your budget. 

We’ve peeled back the layers and have looked at what kitchen carcasses and doors are made out of, so that you can choose the right materials. 


Melamine-faced kitchen doors

Melamine-faced kitchen doors (also known as MFC doors) give the aesthetic of hardwood at a cheaper price. Created from a combination of compressed wood particles and encased in a resin and paper finish, these doors come in a wide range of styles and colours, making it easy to create a bespoke look to suit your kitchen. 

Pros of melamine-faced kitchen doors

  • Great for those on a budget. 
  • Come in a wide range of colours and styles.
  • Has a sleek uniform finish.

Cons of melamine-faced kitchen doors

  • Very heavy, thus difficult to install – requires heavy duty hinges or gliders.
  • Hard impacts will result in chipping and cracks on the wood coating.
  • If there are any cracks and water gets in, this will further damage the doors.

Malton Hemlock Nordic kitchen units

The kitchen in the image above uses melamine Hemlock Nordick made to measure kitchen drawers and doors


Hardwood kitchen cabinets

If you’ve always dreamed of a traditional kitchen, (such as a Shaker style), then hardwood is a great choice. Whether you want oak, cherry, pine or hickory, this type of material will look fantastic. What makes hardwood such an excellent choice is that this material lasts for decades and can withstand the wear and tear that’s expected in a kitchen – perfect for those who have pets and / or kids! However, hardwood is a little more expensive than other types of doors. 

Pros of hardwood kitchen cabinets

  • Hardwood cabinets are easy to repair if cracked or scratched. 
  • Hardwood is durable. 
  • Hardwood comes in a wide range of styles, colours, types, and finishes.
  • Hardwood can be customised. 
  • Cabinets can be re-stained or painted to give a new aesthetic – great for future redecorating.

Cons of hardwood kitchen cabinets

  • More expensive to install in comparison to other materials. 
  • Bespoke or custom made cupboards and cabinets take time to both make and install, therefore taking longer. 
  • Hardwood expands and contracts in the heat,  which can result in warping over time. 
  • Hardwood requires specific cleaning products. 

Mornington Shaker kitchen units

The kitchen above is a timber Mornington Shaker style kitchen with painted doors. 


Vinyl-wrapped kitchen doors

Vinyl-wrapped doors are made from cut MDF panels that have  been routed, profiled, glued and then covered with vinyl that has been attached using heat and a vacuum. This style door has no joints as the wrap goes all the way round the door.  

Pros of vinyl-wrapped kitchen cabinets 

  • Budget friendly.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Uniformity in colour and look.

Cons of vinyl-wrapped kitchen cabinets

  • If the units are abused , the vinyl can peel and delaminate.
  • Doesn’t offer the ‘natural’ wood look that people prefer. 
  • Limitations in colour in comparison to painted doors. 

Unique Metropole kitchen units

The image above features a vinyl wrapped Metropole kitchen


Glass kitchen cupboard doors

Choosing glass cabinet doors is a great way to upgrade the look of your kitchen, but should only be used if you keep the inside of your cabinets smart and well organised. While glass doors have been around for a while, they haven’t always been in fashion, but look great when done properly. You can really add depth and style to your glass and wood cabinets when you add cupboard lighting. Unlike natural wood doors, this type of door isn’t impacted by heat or humidity. That being said, glass doors can be costly and are very heavy.

Pros of glass kitchen doors

  • There are a range of styles available – from seeded to frosted, textured and so much more. 
  • Glass doors give the illusion of a bigger kitchen. 
  • Glass doors are super easy to clean.

Cons of glass cabinet doors

  • This type of door is very heavy, thus making it tricky to install.
  • Glass kitchen doors are expensive. 
  • You can see clutter through a glass cabinet door.
  • They’re fragile. 

Bulnose Cornice Pelmet

The cupboard above is the Wilton Bulnose Cornice/Pelmet.


High gloss kitchen cupboards

High-gloss kitchen doors are created in a range of different types – laminate, thermofoil or high-gloss painted wood or lacquered wood. Applied in a similar way as vinyl, high-gloss cupboards offer depth and look great in a two-tone kitchen.

Pros of high-gloss kitchen cupboards

  • The light reflecting off the surface makes the room look bigger.
  • High-gloss cabinets are usually waterproof.
  • Because of the surface, high-gloss cabinets are easy to wipe down.

Cons of high-gloss kitchen cupboards

  • Due to the reflective nature of the surface, marks, finger-prints and scratches are easily visible.
  • This style of cupboard will need more cleaning due to the nature of the door.
  • High-gloss costs a little more due to its popularity. 

Crossland Super Matt Cashmere kitchen units

The image above is the high-gloss Crossland kitchen.

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