The Best Materials for Kitchen Cabinets & Joinery in Australia

James Scully
 | May 21, 2024

When renovating or creating your dream kitchen, the choice of materials for cabinets and joinery is pivotal. These materials not only define the look and feel of your kitchen, but also its functionality and durability. Whether you’re crafting a space that’s contemporary or time-honoured, the right types of kitchen cabinet materials you select ensures that your kitchen is as practical as it is stylish.


Laminate is an incredibly versatile choice, known for its ability to emulate more expensive materials like natural stone or wood at a fraction of the cost. This material is constructed by bonding multiple layers together, which includes a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer, making it resistant to stains and scratches. It’s an ideal choice for families needing durability without compromising on style, offering an extensive range of finishes from matte to gloss.

Pre-Finished Veneers

Pre-finished veneers provide a high-end look with consistent quality and minimised on-site finishing fumes and mess. These veneers are treated and sealed at the manufacturing stage, ensuring a uniform finish that is hard to achieve on-site. They are perfect for creating luxurious, designer-look cabinets that make your kitchen a standout feature of your home.

Two-Pack Finish

Known for its excellent depth of colour and impeccable glossy finish, the two-pack finish involves applying several layers of paint followed by a hardener which results in a durable, scratch-resistant surface. This process allows for an exact colour match to other elements in your kitchen, ensuring a cohesive design palette. It’s particularly suited for contemporary kitchens where a sleek, polished appearance is desired.

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Deciding on the best materials for your kitchen cabinets and joinery isn’t just about style – it’s about making smart choices for the heart of your home. Each material we’ve explored today offers unique advantages, from the enduring elegance of solid timber to the sleek modernity of two-pack finishes.

Your kitchen is a reflection of your personal taste and lifestyle, so make sure you choose materials that resonate with your vision and meet your practical needs.

Dive deeper into these options on our custom joinery and kitchen cabinets pages to ensure your kitchen isn’t just beautiful, but a place where memories are made and cherished. And for impeccable renovations from seasoned experts, don’t hesitate to get in touch with GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens today. Happy renovating!

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James Scully

Operations Manager

James studied Property at RMIT University where he learnt the fundamentals of construction and project management. Over the last twelve years he’s spent time working on both commercial and residential projects, working closely with all trades to gain valuable knowledge in all aspects of construction whilst honing in the skills he studied at RMIT.


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