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Cabinet Design Options

A helpful guide to our most popular kitchen and other cabinet design materials options

Our cabinet designs are full of bespoke options and it pays to get the look right because rooms such as kitchens are the most seen and utilised area of any home.

It is common for Australian kitchens to be built in open plan rooms that spill out to the dining, lounge and outdoor areas. Laundries located adjacent to kitchens are being converted in to butler’s pantry to hide the messier aspects of a kitchen while still retaining the function of a laundry – a perfect solution for those who lead busy lives but like to retain order at home.

While social media shows off an amazing array of sexy cabinetry, sometimes it is hard to know exactly what is beautiful, functional, practical, available in Australia and compliant to Australian Environmental and Safety Standards.

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Transition your indoor living outdoors with innovative alfresco products. Photo: Caesarstone

Our list of the most popular cabinetry materials

By the end of this blog you well on your way to starting using our online checklist, and one step closer to completing our cabinetry design package service.

Cabinetry Package Project Information Form

Doors/drawer fronts and end-panels

80’s Salmon Pink and 90’s Cream has given way to natural timber finishes, warm greys, monochrome, and even vibrant pops of colour. Our suppliers constantly bring out new stylish products to keep up with global trends. Technology has also seen some of these suppliers bringing in some finishes with anti-fingerprint technology through to realistic laminate boards in concrete and timber looks but at a fraction of the price when comparing the real deal. 

If your style is classical, you may like to opt for doors in your own shape or bespoke colours with 2 pack paint and routered doors (aka shaker or farmhouse doors). Of course, there is also timber in solid or veneer which is available in a range of grain-cuts and timber species. Below is a list of options ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices.

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L-R: Laminate; MDF routered doors with 2 pack paint; plain MDF with 2 pack paint; timber veneer; solid timber

Drawer runners and cupboard hinges

Our cabinetry hinges are made and engineered by Blum in Austria and hold a lifetime warranty. To learn more about the full range of Blum products click here.

Legrabox is our go-to runner range as the significant reduction of man hours to construct each box is offset by the chic assembly system.

TypeDetailsLifetime Warranty*Spring-Loaded,
Soft-Close
BudgetCustomisable
Blum Standard HingesOur entry-level product. These hinges make a slight thud when cupboards are closed however are a cost-effective option for budget-conscious projects
Blum Soft-Close HingesQuiet cupboard closure. No door slamming
Blum Standard Drawer RunnersIdeal for the budget conscious. This is our entry-level product
Blum Movento Drawer RunnersConcealed runner system for the highest expectations
Blum Legrabox Drawer RunnersAward winning elegance with revolutionary new runner technology, functionality and design

Handles

Choose any combination of these functional and stylish designs.

We can even custom make handles in timber, steel or brass for a luxurious finish

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L-R: touch to open, a square handle, a bow handle, a knob and a mitred finger pull

Bench tops

Laminate bench tops can be a cost effective option for the budget conscious home owner, however as the market for engineered stone grows, prices have become more competitive. With eco-friendly living high on the Norther Rivers’ agenda, locals may prefer a solid timber bench top sourced from a mill. Below is a list of options, ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices*.

Kick board colour

  • Brushed aluminium laminate
  • Colour-matched to your cabinetry
  • Extend your flooring (tiles or floor boards)

Those special touches

It’s nice to have those special extras to add a bit of luxury to your home and some are more affordable than you may think

  • Integrated appliances or sinks
  • Integrated LED lighting strips along kick boards, splash backs or inside cupboards or pantries
  • Integrated vacuum cleaners
  • Corner cupboard carousel systems
  • Mini bar features, e.g., wine rack, glassware brackets, drinks fridge
  • Waste or storage bins
  • Spice racks
  • Drawer organisation partitions
  • Wine racks
  • Butler’s pantries
  • Booth seating
combined kitchen and mini bar design
These clever cookies opted for a mini bar instead of a breakfast bar under the island bench top.

Finishing your room

We do not typically supply these items but choosing the below before you get started on your cabinetry design may make your decisions much easier

  • Appliances
  • Splash backs
  • Sink/tapware
  • Lighting
  • Wall/ceiling paint
  • Flooring
  • Seats and stools
  • Windows
To learn more about Product Warranties and Maintenance click here.

Footnotes: 

* Please read the Blum product information to get a full understanding of warranties.

** Subject to final plans/requirements.

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