The architect, developer, designer or contractor is often challenged with deciding which cabinet material is best for a high-rise residential development design project, especially for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, but it always comes down to wood vs. laminate. While there’s nothing like the beauty of natural wood, it’s not always the best option for cabinetry, especially in a multifamily development where renters may not properly maintain materials.

Thermally-fused laminate (TFL), a lower-cost, low-maintenance alternative, has become an increasingly popular choice – even in single-family homes. Using TFL makes it possible to create an affordable, customizable cabinet that is equally capable of fulfilling the vision for a project.

As with any design decision, there are a number of factors that should be considered before choosing TFL over wood. Below is a list of the pros and cons:

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While much of our work focuses on multifamily residential apartment buildings that are either being built or undergoing a renovation, the material selections we make and design principles we follow are relevant to any cabinetry project – residential or commercial.  So, whether you’re a developer in search of kitchen and bath cabinetry for an entire building or a homeowner looking to update a single room, we hope you find value in the insights from our experienced design team.

In this inaugural post, we are focusing on the basics – specifically, those pertaining to kitchen cabinet design. If you’re looking for ways to maximize usable space while staying within budget, keep these kitchen cabinet design considerations in mind: