Kitchen Cabinets: Plywood vs Melamine Cabinets

Choosing to use melamine cabinets, or plywood cabinets is really a choice that is up to you.

There are pros and cons to each of these materials. Below you can explore those pros and cons of each material, and then come up with a decision on what to use for your cabinets.


Although melamine may be strong enough to do your cabinets, plywood tends to be stronger. This in turn makes your cabinets withstand more.


Hinges tend to break away a lot sooner using melamine cabinets verses plywood cabinets.


Melamine doesn't hold screws as well as plywood, and tend to chip away when screwing one in.

These are just some of the benefits in using plywood, there are also pros to using melamine over plywood as well. Let's explore these next.


Plywood is more expensive than melamine.


Melamine wipes down very easy. Plywood is a bit harder to clean.

Melamine is also harder to scratch.


Plywood must be finished by either a varnish or paint. Melamine comes finished in a variety of colors.