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.
It’s good practice to allow a minimum space of 1000 mm – 900 mm between an island and the cabinets – including the benchtop overhang. This should provide sufficient space to move your fridge and appliances into the kitchen and allow two people to move about freely.
It is, however, a good idea to check the dimensions of your fridge to ensure there is enough clearance for it to be positioned once the kitchen is installed.
A kitchen can have any layout; however, there are six primary kitchen layouts. The key is determining which works best for your space.
The six types of kitchen layouts are:
One Wall Kitchens: One wall kitchens are installed against a single wall and are often installed in small kitchens or apartments. They can have base and wall cabinets and focus on functionality.
Galley Kitchens: Very space-efficient, galley kitchens are characterised by two parallel walls – much like a hallway, with kitchen cabinets installed on each side. They are ideal for small homes that need to maximise space.
L-Shaped Kitchens: As one of the most popular kitchen layouts, L-shaped kitchens feature two joining walls, perpendicular. As such, they are ideal for open plan living and can support additional features such as an island bench.
U-Shaped Kitchens: For designated kitchen spaces that feature three perpendicular walls, U-Shaped kitchens are ideal. They are highly functional and offer ample bench space.
Island Kitchens: The most contemporary kitchen layout is an island kitchen, which can be any of the layouts above with an additional island bench front and centre. This layout is communal and great for entertaining.
Peninsula Kitchens: A peninsula Kitchen is similar to an island kitchen, but rather than featuring a freestanding island, the island is connected to the benchtop and is accessible from three sides rather than four. Such kitchens are also suitable for U-shaped kitchens or L-Shaped kitchens – it’s merely a case of adding a return island bench.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ross’s Discount Home Centre offers a free kitchen design service to make designing your kitchen a piece of cake! Simply call ahead to book an appointment with our Kitchen salesperson Fiona, or Matt, our store manager. Using our 3D Kitchen Planner software, they will walk you through every step, creating a 3D model of your kitchen, so you can visualise exactly how the end result will look and make informed decisions on the layout and cabinet configuration.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to do this on your own, then you can use our 3D Kitchen Planner in the comfort of your home. Simply click here to get started. The planner will ask you to create your room from your measurements and then let you select your kitchen products and materials. Once you’re happy with your kitchen, you can submit the order for processing.
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.