Kitchen cabinets are cupboards built into a kitchen to store dishes efficiently and save up space while countertops are horizontal surfaces most often installed on kitchen cabinets used for food preparation. There are several benefits of kitchen cabinets. There are an array of customization choices in which there are endless design options that suit the style as per user requirements. Kitchen cabinets after installation can maximize the space and space can be utilized optimally. Kitchen cabinets offer the functionality where problems such as reaching high cabinets or bumping into something can be prevented.
There are different materials used for the manufacturing of kitchen cabinets. Doors made out of thermoplastics, wood, 5-piece polyester, and melamine among others, are used in the installation of kitchen cabinets. Whereas a countertop made of laminate, quartz, granite, marble, and other solid surfaces are placed on top of these cabinets.
Thermoplastic or therm of oil doors are manufactured using fibreboards ofa medium-density covered in heat-fused vinyl or laminate. Thermoplastic doors are low-maintenance as the vinyl or laminate does not catch dirt and is easy to clean. Thermoplastic doors are akin to wooden doors in terms of durability but are also budget-friendly. These doors are moisture resistant but not heat resistant, which makes them unsuitableto be installed next to a stove or a dishwasher unless there is a heat shield between the cabinets.
5-piece polyester doors compose of 4 pieces, also called Stiles and Rails forming the framework and the centre of the door has a large panel. These doors are exactly similar to wooden doors in look and have lower costs. These doors are typically made of a composite of compressed pine fibers, melamine, and polyester. 5-piece polyester doors are more durable than regular melamine.
Melamine is a compressed wood particle core covered with a resin or paper finish. Melamine doors, usually, are more durable and resistant to moisture, heat, and stains, due to its tough outer coating. Melamine doors are made in a controlled atmosphere, which results in a consistent finish unlike wood.
Even with the emergence of newer materials in kitchen cabinets, no material has been able to match the appearance, durability, and variety of wood. Wooden doors for kitchen cabinets still remain popular as wooden doors are eco-friendly. Doors made from materials consist of substances such as glue, wax and resins, which may emit undesirable chemicals such as formaldehyde, resulting in poor indoor air quality. Solid wood is a much cleaner option for positive environmental impact.
Laminate countertop facilitates high affordability but has very low durability as it can get easily damaged. Quartz Countertop provides durability and also hasa non-porous feature, which makes it difficult for bacteria to grow. One of the most preferred countertop for kitchen installation is granite. Similar to quartz, granite is resilient to high temperatures and is difficult to get scratches. Marble countertop offers a premium look to the kitchen. They are also heat resistant and are very strong, making them highly durable. However, marble tops are porous, soft, and expensive, as compared to other materials.
Many people in the U.S. and Canada are striving toward making their kitchen aesthetically beautiful. The use of kitchen cabinets in kitchen design has people looking into different materials such as thermoplastic, wood, melamine, and polyester. Along with kitchen cabinets, different types of countertop made of materials like laminate, marble and quartz are in huge demand. Additionally, installing kitchen cabinets provide a rich feel to the kitchen making the area livelier.
The kitchen’s being optimal and maximizing its space utility is making kitchen cabinets a popular choice. Kitchen cabinets are designed to make use of the kitchen space in an efficient way. Cabinets are designed to integrate all the aspects of the kitchen. These include stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc. The 2018–2019 Kitchen and Bath Market Outlook survey by NKBA accounted for USD 79.63 million in 2017 for kitchens. Out of this, kitchen cabinetry constituted close to 24% i.e. USD 19 million, while countertop accounted for 18% i.e. USD 14.64 million.
The residential remodeling market in the U.S. and Canada is showcasing a strong growth, which is further expected to drive the kitchen cabinet and countertop market. The leading Indicator of Remodelling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projected homeowner spending on improvement and repairs to reach USD 340,000 million in 2018.
There is a growing trend of dining out instead of preparing meals in homes. This can affect the sales of kitchen cabinets as the need for remodeling the kitchen reduces. According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), 36% of Americans prefer to eat outside in a fast-food restaurant. As per the CDC, the increasing buying power and demand for better-tasting and high-quality food are the factors influencing people to dine out.
The innovations in kitchen cabinet designs may lead to growth in the industry. Designs that make cabinets convenient to use and incorporate technology as per consumer demands can become an opportunity for the market. Power pods that pop up from the countertop for electrical connections, hands-free functionality where a simple tap can open the door with automatic opening mechanisms preinstalled, and remote control locking cabinets to protect documents, valuables, alcohol or cleaning supplies are some of the solutions providing an impetus to market growth.
The recent boom in the new house sales and house remodeling has fuelled the growth in the market. National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) projected the residential kitchen and bath market in the United States to have a 4.1% growth in 2019. This will amount to USD 177,000 million. Canadian customers are also looking to enhance their kitchen look by installing the latest kitchen cabinets and countertop. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed even the kitchen. The use of technology to make the kitchen smarter is on the rise, which has a demand in Canada. The Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Assn. reports that the country’s cabinet manufacturing industry represents an estimated USD 1,500million in annual sales and employs more than 25,000 personnel. Canada’s trade balance for wood kitchen cabinetry and countertop improved to USD 511.2 million, as the country exported USD 775.4 million and imported USD 264.1 million worth of materials in 2018.
The growing construction industry will further propel the number of homes sold, subsequently driving the kitchen cabinet and Countertop market in the U.S. and Canada. The residential sales in the U.S. are also gradually increasing as per the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They reported a seasonally adjusted annual rate to the tune of 719,000 houses, which is 1.3% above the revised October rate of 710,000.
IKEA Systems B.V., Houzz, Inc.Master Brand Cabinets, Inc., American Woodmark Corporation, Masco Corp., Elkay Manufacturing Company, ACProducts, Inc., Foremost Groups, Inc., Wellborn Cabinet Inc., Wood-Mode Inc., W. W. Wood Products, Inc., Master WoodCraft Cabinetry LLC., Republic Elite, LLC., Marsh Furniture Co. and Showplace Wood Products are some of the key manufacturers and retailers of kitchen cabinets and Countertop in the U.S.