Understanding Kitchen Cabinetry
by Sarah Preece
Understanding the materials that make up your kitchen cabinetry is a desired first step when choosing a kitchen that will inevitably be your household companion for a long time. At Sustainable Kitchens we have two important
demands: our choice must be sustainable (of course), but also, with great importance, it must be strong. The strong, beautiful and timeless wood we work with is Oak. Our cabinet doors and frames are built from solid American White Oak 25mm thick with a 30mm tenon.
Oak compared to Poplar or tulipwood
The strength of oak far surpasses that of its close rivals in the kitchen business. Poplar doors and frames are favoured by almost all high end kitchen companies we are aware of, the test of time unfortunately highlights the wood’s low density where screws tend to loosen all too often and dents and scratches are common. Not only is oak durable it’s also its also aesthetically distinctive with the grain showing through any finish, giving a exclusive feel that retails the charm of the timber beneath.
We know doors and frames need a robust carcass, so we choose a high grade plywood with 13 layers of Birch glued together in opposite directions, resulting in a strong and stable board that will not sag, swell or crack over the years. Fibreboard and MDF are popular choices in the industry, but really these are inferior options, as the materials are known to struggle beneath consistent weight as well as absorbing moisture which changes the overall structure over time.
Once a kitchen is lovingly shaped and crafted by hand, it’s owed a personalised farewell. Hand painting a kitchen provides a traditional touch to a craft that has an established history. The depth of colour is charming with each delicately textured brush stroke creating a story that simply cannot be recreated by machine. The beauty of this process goes beyond the here and now too, with a hand painted kitchen any repaints or touch ups can be swiftly achieved, blending in effortlessly in an instant.