Furniture, Bedding, Cabinets, Countertops & Storage

Cabinet Benchtop Buying Guide

We take a look at the options available and design considerations for cupboards and benchtops.
There's a huge range of materials and construction methods available for kitchen cupboards and benchtops. This guide will provide you with a starting point for choosing a material and style.


Cabinets are one of the most visible elements of a kitchen. There's a multitude of styles on the market as usual, you're only limited by the depths of your pockets. Cabinets can be split into three basic types, depending on quality of materials and finishes.
These ready-to-assemble or pre-assembled cabinets are the cheapest option for your kitchen. While your range of finishes and styles will be limited, stock cabinets are convenient and cost-effective. They typically feature wood construction with a melamine finish, but can also be made of solid wood.
These cabinets take longer to make and deliver but allow greater personal choice. Modifications are made to standard designs so that cabinets closely fit the shape of your kitchen and here's a wide range of finishes and styles. Semi-custom cabinets generally feature higher quality workmanship than stock cabinets.
A custom-built cabinet is not constructed until it is ordered. All kinds of finishes are available and the cabinets can be tailored exactly to the dimensions of your kitchen. When ordering        custom-made cabinetry, make sure you provide exact measurements. Custom-built cabinets can take a long time to deliver and cost more than either stock or semi-custom cabinets.

Below are design tips for choosing cabinets for your kitchen.


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