Plywood vs. Particle Board: What Material is Right for Your New Cabinets?

Are you considering investing in new cabinets? If so, you may wonder if there is much of a difference between particle board and plywood cabinets.

This is a good question and one that is discussed below.

Plywood is a Stronger Option than Particle Board

There’s no question that plywood cabinets are much stronger than the majority of particle board options. There are all sorts of videos, articles, and even first-hand testimonials online that show the advantages offered by plywood over particle board.

Keep in mind though, while all this is true, you can’t just consider the material when you are having new cabinets installed.

Keep reading to find out what else you must consider when it comes to your kitchen cabinets.

Construction and Installation

If you have cabinets that are properly constructed and that are installed the right way, they are going to become an integral and continuous part of your home. In fact, most homeowners can’t even distinguish between particle board and plywood cabinets once they are installed.

However, factors that do matter are how the cabinets are made and installed. Dado integration and I-beam braces are much more important than the actual strength of the material used. You can purchase solid wood cabinets, but if the pieces haven’t been joined correctly, it’s not going to matter what they are made of.

The Impact of Water on Your Cabinets

If you have particle board cabinets installed, they are going to swell if they are submersed in water. While this is true, just because you have plywood installed, it doesn’t mean that the material can save the cabinets from a flood. They are going to be ruined, too.

As a result, you have to consider if the additional investment for the plywood is something you want to make.

Invest in Plywood Where it Counts

You can get what you need with plywood construction of your kitchen cabinets without having to spend as much as you would for a cabinet that has an all plywood construction. However, there are two parts of the kitchen where plywood is recommended:

  • On the exposed ends
  • The sink base cabinets

You can speak with a custom cabinet maker to ensure you get plywood where it is needed specifically.

Frameless Cabinets Should Always be Plywood

There’s a huge exception to when you should use plywood over particle board. If you have opted to have frameless cabinets installed, they should always be made with plywood (when your budget allows).

Work with the Professionals to get the Right Material for Your Cabinets

If you are unsure what type of material you should use for your cabinets, make sure to work with the professionals. They can help ensure you get the right material for your cabinets and that it will be able to stand up to the daily wear and tear in your kitchen. Being informed and knowing the key differences in these materials can help you make the right decision.

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