Our Materials 101 series takes you back to the basics and tells you everything you need to know about building materials used in Indian homes. In this edition, we give you a comprehensive picture of acrylic kitchen cabinets.

Are you hungry for a kitchen update? Does it seem dull with years and years of use? You can instantly brighten up the space and give it its much-needed face lift by simply adding acrylic cabinets. With its glossy sheen that reminds you of a mirror, your kitchen will instantly look more open, vibrant and gorgeous for the years to come.

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Backlighting under the wall cabinets ensures that you have enough light for prepping, cooking and cleaning

A set of appetite-stimulating yellow acrylic cabinets lends vibrancy to this straight kitchen. Focus lighting illuminating the mosaic backsplash adds to the kitchen’s sheen.

What is acrylic?

Simply put, acrylic is a non-toxic finish that gives a perfectly smooth texture and a high-gloss appearance to kitchen cabinets. This high-quality synthetic material comes with a perfect mirror-like finish that’s shatter-resistant, and also does not chip or crack easily. Available in a wide range of colors, this finish gives a resplendent appearance to your cooking space.

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Mirror-like sheen keeps your kitchen looking more spacious

What are the types of acrylic kitchen cabinets?

Acrylic kitchen cabinets are primarily of two types – solid acrylic doors and acrylic faced doors. The former is priced higher as it is made of acrylic all the way through, meaning these doors have a richer and more even color appearance. Acrylic faced doors are a less expensive alternative. Consequently, the process of applying this acrylic finish to kitchen doors is an elaborate one with sheets of the finish being pasted on an MDF board. The sheets are then covered with a protective layer and sealed at the edges.

A mix of open and closed shelves to store kitchen essentials

Pros and cons of acrylic kitchen cabinets

Besides, acrylic kitchen cabinets have taken over contemporary Indian kitchens by storm. But like every other finish, acrylic comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Pros:

#1: Aesthetics: Gives the kitchen an ultra glossy, inviting appearance when compared to a laminate or membrane finish. Also offers brilliant textural contrast with a variety of backsplash materials
#2: Durability: Can take in a lot of wear and tear due to its hard wearing nature. Also known for its moisture, UV light and scratch-resistant nature
#3: Variety: Available in a wide range of colors and so has scope for customization
#4: Longievity: Retains hue and brightness for a considerable number of years
#5: Easy cleaning: Can be easily cleaned with mild soap and water

Cons:

#1: Aesthetics: Finger prints, dirt and stains are easily visible on the glossy surface and hence require regular cleaning
#2: Cost: Considered a premium finish, however, the acrylic finish is more expensive when compared to other finishes
#3: Difficulties in replacing: Shading differences might occur when replacing kitchen cabinet doors of the same hue after years of use.

Subsequently, the kitchen is the hub of the house and it important that you choose the best finishes for your cabinets so that they remain in good condition for years to come. Laminate might have been the age-old favorite in Indian homes, but latest trends show that acrylic cabinets are slowly but steadily winning hearts.

Why Choose Acrylic Over Laminate?

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Considering the idea of choosing high-gloss laminate finishes instead of acrylic ones? Remember that the laminate finish will never be as reflective as acrylic. Moreover, it will not chip or fade away with time, keeping your kitchen looking its best for years. If you want to know more about acrylic and laminate finishes before making an informed choice, read this: Acrylic or Laminate: Which is the Better Finish?

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