Choosing the right materials for your Kitchen Units

When it comes to designing your new kitchen, you will often first think about colour schemes, what’s in style and perhaps changing your layout. Something that you may not think about enough, although it will certainly cross your mind, is your kitchen units.

Materials for your Kitchen Units: What to look for

Aside from how you want your kitchen units to look, you have to think about the range of materials that can give you the style and quality that you want. Let’s break down all of these options to help you narrow down your choices based on your needs and lifestyle. We will first begin by looking at what areas you need to think about before making a decision on the material of choice.


No matter the wood type you choose for your kitchen units, you should always consider the grain. Not only will it determine the texture of your units, but it will contribute to the overall look of the room. If you fancy a rustic style kitchen, you will probably want to go for a rough grain. However, if you’re looking for a fresh, modern look, you may wish to consider a smooth material with a fine grain.


Of course, as we first mentioned, you will be thinking about the colour scheme of your kitchen. It is the first area of focus when it comes to talking about your kitchen design. For lighter units, you may want to think about choosing a wood such as pine. Although many prefer white units in their kitchens, the colour you choose is completely up to you. Just be aware that whatever you choose, it must be something you will enjoy for many years to come.


Now let’s discuss the materials you could choose for your kitchen units.

Melamine-faced Chipboard

This is a common material for basic kitchens. MFC is popular due to it being affordable, yet durable at the same time. It’s made from a mixture of scrap wood, sawdust and paper, and faced in melamine laminate. The surface is moisture-resistant, anti-fungal and can be cleaned easily. The chipboard centre will expand and ‘blow’ in the event of moisture making its way in. Of course, most modern units will be completely sealed to prevent this from happening.

MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard)

MDF is another popular choice for many households. It’s considered to be superior to chipboard, making it, of course, costlier. Why? Because it is stronger, denser and has a much smoother and moisture-resistant edge when cut. MDF is made from felted wood fibres that are bonded together under high pressure. It is free from sap and knots and has a smooth surface that can be used for a wide range of finishes to suit your kitchen design.

Timber-faced MDF or Chipboard

To achieve a real-wood feel without the risk of potential warping, a thin veneer of timber is added to either one or both sides of MDF or chipboard. This gives the impression of a single piece of wood.


Plywood is a premium sheet material. It is made from layers of hardwood and is commonly used by bespoke kitchen unit designers. It is extremely solid and stable, but the weight can cause trouble for wall hanging units.

Real Wood

Solid timber in single planks isn’t actually a practical option for units. It’s not as rigid as manmade boards and has the potential to warp over time. The best option is solid-wood made from multiple boards. These are narrow staves of wood, joined together to prevent potential flexing.

Get the Perfect Kitchen Units with Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms

Now you have a good idea of some of the materials you could choose from, it’s time to talk to a kitchen designer about what you want for your new kitchen. Get in touch with Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms today to see how we can bring you a stylish and practical kitchen that you will love your many years to come.


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