Kitchen Cabinet Materials

- Jun 26, 2019-

Materials Glossary

Study these terms and learn to speak like the pros.


Substrate: An underlying layer of particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), or plywood that's covered with another material, such as a laminate or wood veneer.


Veneer: A thin sheet of wood glued to a substrate. It¿s an eco- and budget-friendly alternative to solid wood cabinetry.


Laminate: A coating of three resin-saturated layers (a base layer of paper, a printed and colored layer, and a protective transparent layer) that¿s heated and pressure-fused to a substrate.


Melamine: A sheet of plastic similar to laminate that covers a substrate.