Ross’s Home Discount Centre offers a range of high-quality bathroom vanities and kitchen and laundry cabinets. Should you have a question in relation to our cabinets, please look for the answer below before getting in touch with us.

How do I know if my kitchen cabinets are good quality?

The quality of Kitchen cabinets lies in the manufacturing and assembly. To determine if they are manufactured to a high level of standard, they must be made from quality materials – materials that will provide longevity in a kitchen environment.

High-quality kitchen cabinets are made from HMR board, which stands for Highly Moisture Resistant. The board itself can be chipboard or MDF, which stands for medium-density fibreboard. What makes the board HMR is the resin applied to it, giving it extra moisture resistance.

At Ross’s Discount Home Centre, all our kitchen cabinets (and vanities) are made from HMR board. The carcases are made from HMR Melamine board and the doors from HMR MDF board. We coat our doors with two layers of topcoat followed by two layers of 2 pack epoxy,  which is baked in an oven between coats to dry.

The assembly of kitchen cabinets also plays a role in quality. Factory assembled kitchen cabinets – such as our range of kitchen cabinets – are built by professional with the right tools to ensure the greatest level of stability. On the other hand, flat-pack kitchens are assembled by non-professionals who may not have the correct tools to produce a robust cabinet.

For more information, read ‘How To Choose And Install Kitchen Cabinets’.

How do you line up kitchen cabinets?

Kitchen base cabinets and wall cabinets don’t need to line up with each other in terms of the individual width of each cabinet. In fact, we don’t recommend you try to line them up. It is best to create a nice balanced arrangement on the upper, independent of the lower. Its more important that the cabinets be functional, and thus, choosing a cabinet to serve a purpose it better than choosing one to match the cabinet below or above.

The overall width of base cabinets to wall cabinets, on the other hand, should line up with each other or show some form of symmetry with additional shelves or a party unit etc.

If you need help designing your kitchen, be sure to take advantage of our free in-store kitchen design service. While you don’t need to book an appointment, we recommend you ring ahead to make sure our kitchen salesperson Fiona or store manager Matt are available. You can call our showroom on (08) 9378 2233. Alternatively, to design your kitchen independently, consider using our 3D Kitchen Planner. The planner will ask you to create your room from your measurements and then let you select your kitchen products and materials.

What is the best cabinet colour for kitchens?

There is little debate on white being the best cabinet colour for kitchens. White kitchens have proven to last the test of time and are the only kitchen cabinet colour that looks as modern today as it did 20 years ago.

White lends itself well to various colour palettes and design styles, proving to be a very flexible colour to work with. You can have an all-white kitchen or a contrasting kitchen – white cabinets and a black benchtop. It also works well with neutral tones, which are very contemporary at present.

Moreover, if you grow tired of your kitchen over the years, you can simply replace the benchtop with something more modern and save a great deal of money by not needing to replace the cabinet doors.

View our range of white kitchen cabinets here.

Do you put flooring under kitchen cabinets?

You don’t have to, but flooring under kitchen cabinets is recommended.

The typical time between kitchen renovations in Australia is around 15 years. At such time, you may wish to change the layout completely. If you don’t floor beneath your kitchen cabinets and decide to change the layout, you will face the problem of having missing patches of flooring and will likely have to refloor the entire area.

Can I install my own kitchen cabinets?

Yes! That’s the beauty of our pre-assembled kitchen cabinets. Unlike most kitchens in Perth, ours aren’t flat-pack. They are fully pre-assembled and delivered in boxes, ready for instant installation.

Installing our kitchen cabinets is as simple as removing each assembled kitchen cabinet from its box, moving it into position, fixing it in place, and adding your handles.

Anyone can install a Ross’s Discount Home Centre kitchen – in its entirety – a matter of hours. In fact, it can be done in less than one hour, and we have the following video to prove it!

Watch to see how effortless installing our kitchen cabinets can be:

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Are kitchen cabinets hard to install?

Not at all! Not if purchased from Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Unlike most kitchens in Perth, ours aren’t flat-pack. They are delivered pre-assembled in boxes, so all the hard work has been done for you.

Installing kitchen cabinets from Ross’s Discount Home Centre is as simple as removing each assembled cabinet from its box and plastic wrapping, moving it into position, fixing it in place, and adding your handles.

You can install a Ross’s Discount Home Centre kitchen – in its entirety – in under one hour, and we have the following video to prove it! Watch to see how effortless it is to install our kitchen cabinets:

For easy to install DIY kitchen cabinets in Perth, look nowhere else but Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Click here to view our extensive range of pre-assembled kitchen cabinets!

How do I make sure my kitchen doesn’t ‘date’ quickly?

The easiest way to ensure longevity from your kitchen design is to go against any passing trends. Shy away from coloured or textured kitchen cabinets which are likely to go out of fashion in 5-years time. Instead, choose white kitchen cabinets, such as those offered by Ross’s Discount Home Centre.

White kitchens have proven to last the test of time and are the only kitchen cabinet colour that looks as modern today as it did 20 years ago.

Additionally, opt for doors with a pain (modern) profile over tending profiles such as the Hamptons look, which is very popular today, but it may not be in the future. Like white cabinets, doors with a plain profile are ageless and will always look current.

Lastly, consider choosing a safe kitchen benchtop design. Loud, bright, and busy patterned benchtop designs are likely to date quickly. Opt for timeless designs such as any natural ‘stone-look’ design (such as Calacutta marble) or any plain benchtop in neutral tones. You will find many ageless benchtop designs in our Laminate benchtop and stone benchtop ranges.

What is the order of things I should do when it comes to installing a new kitchen?

If you are installing a pre-assembled kitchen from Ross’s Discount Home Centre, the process is very simple.

  1. Unpack each cabinet from its box and remove the protective plastic wrapping.
  2. Starting with the base cabinets, move each cabinet into its correct position.
  3. Fix each cabinet together, and then fix the cabinets to the wall with the supplied fixtures and wall brackets.
  4. Install the benchtops to the base cabinets
  5. Place any other base cabinets such as pantries etc. into position and then repeat step 3
  6. Install door and drawer handles
  7. Bring in the wall cabinets and install them one by one, starting at the end that buds into a wall. Repeat step 3 and 6.

We have created an installation video to show just how easy it is to install a pre-assembled kitchen from Ross’s Discount Home Centre:

What is the best finish for kitchen cupboards?

Two-pack polyurethane provides the most durable finish for kitchen cupboard. Unlike melamine, laminate, vinyl wrap, or wood veneer, two-pack polyurethane won’t bubble, chip, or peel away from the substrate.

Two-pack polyurethane is applied in the same manner as automotive paint. It comprises a two-part solution of a hardener and a paint, which is applied in a dust-free environment.

All doors and drawers in our DIY Kitchen & Laundries range feature a white, high-gloss two-pack polyurethane finish to provide superior quality and longevity. In our manufacturing process, we first apply primer paint to the HMR board, then apply two topcoats of two-pack polyurethane, which is baked in an oven between coats to dry.

What material is best for kitchen cabinets?

HMR (Highly Moisture Resistant) board is the best material for kitchen cabinet carcases. HMR board is melamine with a special resin added to it to make extra moisture resistance.

All carcases in our DIY Kitchen & Laundries range are manufactured from HMR board to provide superior longevity.

What is the most popular colour for kitchen cupboards?

White is by far the most popular colour for kitchen cupboards and has been for many, many years.

Unlike trending colours, white is timeless. It never goes out of fashion – it will still look current even ten or 15-years down the track.

White provides a blank canvas and complements any design style. Its clean-cut nature pairs well with the leading design styles, including Hamptons, contemporary, and coastal kitchens. Moreover, colour can be added via other elements such as the benchtop, splashback, and flooring.

What is the space above the kitchen cabinets called?

The space above kitchen wall cabinets, (aka overhead cabinets) is called a bulkhead. Traditionally, bulkheads were added to kitchen designs to conceal cords and services such as ducted air-conditioning, but today, they are added for design aesthetics. They define the kitchen area in an open-plan setting and make a kitchen look finished.

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