Material Choices for Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on: August 9, 2016

As you consider all the elements included with a kitchen remodel, your kitchen cabinets should be at the top of your list. Although most cabinets are crafted from natural wood, you can also choose laminates and Thermofoil.


These cabinets offer a wide variety of patterns and colors, but lack the natural beauty of real wood. They are easy to maintain since they can be cleaned with regular household cleaners. They are also resistant to bacterial growth. Laminates are typically less durable than real wood, but when chipped or damaged, are more difficult to repair. Yet if cost is a significant driver in your kitchen remodel project, laminates offer a very good and less expensive solution than natural wood.

You can expect to pay between $50 and $80 per linear foot for laminate cabinets.


Thermofoil cabinets are available in a wide range of styles and colors. They are also less expensive than traditional wood cabinets, and tend to hold up well in high moisture environments. This makes them ideal for the humid Tampa Bay environment. They tend to be heavier and more difficult to install than natural wood cabinets.

You can expect to pay between $50 and $80 per linear foot for thermofoil cabinets.

Natural Wood

Undeniably, the most popular cabinet material is natural wood. Most cabinets are made from hardwoods like Red Oak, White Oak, Hickory, Cherry, Hard Maple, Ash, Alder and Birch. Cabinets can also be constructed of softer woods like Pine.

Unlike laminates and thermofoil, natural wood designs and colors are random. Natural imperfections, such as burls and knots, give the cabinets their distinct character and warmth.

You can expect to spend between $100 and $150 per linear foot for natural wood cabinets.


As you make your kitchen remodel decisions, it is always a good idea to call the Tampa Bay kitchen remodel experts at Midway Services for a free in-home consultation and estimate. They will explain all your options and provide professional insights into the most popular recent trends in kitchen remodel.


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