Thermofoil Kitchen Cabinets
One kind of cabinet that doesn’t get a whole lot of press is the Thermofoil Kitchen Cabinet. Popular in high traffic public areas, I also see a lot of these cabinets in college dorms and hotels. This is probably because they are SO easy to clean. Why is that?
Well, Thermofoil is essentially a kind of plastic that’s wrapped around a core of particleboard or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) Plastic, as I’m sure you will agree, cleans quite a bit easier than its wood (i.e. porous) cousins. There’s also the uniformity to think about. With wood, no two pieces are alike. Even with a stellar paint job, there may be some variation from one cabinet door to the next.
With Thermofoil kitchen cabinets, there is no such variation. Every surface has the exact same finish and texture. The cost and quality of Thermofoil kitchen cabinets varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but generally Thermofoil kitchen cabinets are under the same set of standards as any other cabinets a particular cabinet manufacturer makes.
They should also be available with all of the same options, like soft close and dovetail drawers. There might be less of a selection in the molding department, but at least crown molding and fillers are almost always available in Thermofoil. Thermofoil kitchen cabinets also come in a few shades of color, not just white. Most are some sort of gray or cream. Who knows though? Maybe someone will start copying Ikea and make some nice fire engine red Thermofoil kitchen cabinets.