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Our cabinets

All our kitchens are manufactured to the highest standards using state of the art technology and the best materials.

The Jigsaw Range is available on both ready to assemble and rigid cabinets. All other ranges are made using rigid built cabinets.  Mahlzeit and Rational cabinets are manufactured in the same factory to the same standard. There are some differences in finishes and associated BLUM components between the German ranges. See the comparison tables below for more detail.

Jigsaw Kitchens

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Cabinet Specification:

  • Carcase - 18 mm MFC
  • Internal shelves - 18 mm MFC (The 18 mm thick removable shelves are height adjustable)
  • Carcase finish - Coated with high-quality melamine (The coating is highly resistant and easy care)
  • Front edge - 2 mm high-quality ABS thick front edge on carcase - durable and impact resistant
  • Back panel - 18mm solid back panel for added rigidity
  • Visible sides - Visible sides are the same colour inside and out (The carcase edge of the visible side is same colour as the visible side)
  • Carcase colours - One carcase option - White
  • Drawer system - Top quality BLUM Metabox systems
  • Hinges - BLUM Soft Close System

Door Material:

  • MDF, Solid Wood.

Door Covering:

  • Melamine unicolour, repro woodgrain

*Check individual range for actual material and covering

Stil Kitchens

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Cabinet Specification:

  • Carcase - 18 mm MFC
  • Internal shelves - 18 mm MFC (The 18 mm thick removable shelves are height adjustable)
  • Carcase finish - Coated with high-quality melamine (The coating is highly resistant and easy care)
  • Front edge - 2 mm high-quality ABS thick front edge on carcase - durable and impact resistant
  • Back panel - 18mm solid back panel for added rigidity
  • Visible sides - Visible sides are the same colour inside and out (The carcase edge of the visible side is same colour as the visible side)
  • Carcase colours - One carcase option - White
  • Drawer system - Top quality BLUM Metabox systems
  • Hinges - BLUM Soft Close System

Door Material:

  • MDF, Solid Wood.

Door Covering:

  • Melamine unicolour, repro woodgrain

*Check individual range for actual material and covering

Mahlzeit Kitchens

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Cabinet Specification:

  • Carcase - 19mm MFC
  • Internal shelves - 19mm thick 3 layer quality particle board (The 19 mm thick removable shelves are height adjustable)
  • Carcase finish - Coated with high-quality melamine (The coating is highly resistant and easy care)
  • Front edge - High-quality ABS thick front edge on carcase - durable and impact resistant
  • Back panel - The back panel is an HDF board
  • Visible sides - Visible sides are the same colour inside and out (The carcase edge of the visible side is same colour as the visible side)
  • Carcase colours - Two carcase options - Snow and Texture
  • Drawer system - Top quality BLUM Antaro systems
  • Hinges - BLUM Soft Close System

Door Material:

  • Three-layer composite wood board

Door Covering:

  • Melamine unicolour, repro woodgrain

*Check individual range for actual material and covering

Rational Kitchens

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Cabinet Specification:

  • Carcase - 19mm MFC
  • Internal shelves - 19mm thick 3 layer quality particle board (The 19 mm thick removable shelves are height adjustable)
  • Carcase finish - Coated with high-quality laminate (The coating is highly resistant and easy care)
  • Front edge - High-quality ABS thick front edge on carcase - durable and impact resistant
  • Back panel - The back panel is an HDF board
  • Visible sides - Visible sides are the same colour inside and out (The carcase edge of the visible side is same colour as the visible side)
  • Carcase colours - Two carcase options - Snow and Linea
  • Drawer system - Top quality BLUM Legrabox systems
  • Hinges - BLUM Soft Close System

Door Material:

  • Three-layer composite wood board, MDF.

Door Covering:

  • Melamine, laminate, lacquer, acrylic glass, wood veneer, bookmatched veneer.

*Check individual range for actual material and covering

What does it all mean?

Kitchen cabinets and doors are generally manufactured in a similar way and from similar types of material , regardless of where you buy them. Where you need to be careful is in the quality of the materials used and the quality of the manufacturing process. Two cabinets can look identical but one may be melamine coated, low quality chipboard, while the other is top quality, three layer particle board.

You must check reviews, ask questions, find out what sort of boards are being used. If you buy cheap, sub-standard, cabinets you may end up with a kitchen that needs replacing in 3-5 years. Low quality materials are less resistant to heat and moisture as well as load and impact.

Below is a little guide to help you understand the various materials used in both cabinets and door manufacturing.

MDF - Medium Density Fibreboard
A mixture of hardwood and softwood fibres, mixed with resin and wax before being heated and compressed. Creates a solid material that is perfect in kitchens as it is resistant to heat and humidity.

HDF - High Density Fibreboard
Made from fine wood fibres, again mixed with wax and resin before beating heated and compressed. HDF is pressed under higher pressure and produces a thinner board than MDF. Has higher moisture resistance than MDF. Typically used on the back of cabinets. (Also known as hardboard).

3 Layer Particle Board
Fine wood flakes are added to either side of a mid layer particle board to produce a uniformed board that is much stronger than standard particle board (also known as chip board). The three layers are compressed under high pressure and heat to a desired thickness - usually 18 mm or 19 mm. Perfect for kitchen cabinets as the melamine coating provides improved water resistance.

MFC - Melamine Faced Chipboard
A furniture grade (P2) layer of particle board is coated in a melamine soaked paper layer under heat and pressure. The boards are typically used for cabinet construction and for finished doors.

ABS Edging - (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
ABS is an extremely hard wearing flexible platic strip (at least 2 mm thick) which is applied to the unfinished edge of a furniture board using a hot melt edge-banding machine.

Melamine
A single sheet of paper is soaked with melamine and applied under pressure, to a substrate board such as chipboard to form a finished furniture board. Also know as low pressure laminate. An ABS edge is added to finish the front edges.

Laminate
Multiple sheets of paper are soaked in a plastic resin , dried, and then applied to a fibreboard substrate using a process called thermosetting. The multiple layers of laminated paper form a durable layer that protects against moisture, heat and impact. This type of finish is often seen on door fronts but more typically as worktop material.

Wood Veneer
Thin layers of real wood are bonded to a fibreboard substrate to create a real wood finish. Logs are effectively peeled to create long thin sheets of natural wood giving the finished product the natural grain effect. The materials and manufacturing process make veneers a more expensive option for door fronts.

Vinyl Wrapped
MDF is cut to size, shaped and then glued. A vinyl wrap is then applied directly to the MDF substrate to form a wrap around layer with no exposed edges. They are durable, hard wearing doors with good chip and scratch resistance. They need very little maintenance and are easily wiped down.

Foil Wrapped
A very similar process to vinyl or pvc wrapped doors. Foil is glued to a MDF substrate and wrapped around the front and all edges to produce a durable, low maintenance finish.

Painted
Melamine faced MDF covered in either matt or gloss polyurethane paint.

Soft Lacquered
MDF substrate is coated in a water based paint that produces UV resistant, hard wearing doors. Quality tested in Germany.

High Gloss Lacquered
MDF substrate is coated in a 2 part lacquer that is polished to a high gloss finish on both the front and reverse. These doors are extremely hard wearing as well as being easy to clean.

Acrylic Glass
2mm thick acrylic is colour coated on the reverse and then applied under pressure to an MDF substrate. The acrylic front has a high gloss, glass look.

Glass
Glass panes are lacquered on the reverse before being bonded to an MDF substrate. The glass is safety tested to DIN/EN 1153 standard (kitchen specific).

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