Updated: Oct 1, 2020
Written by SayHomee
In recent months, the U.S. cabinet market has hit turbulence. Cabinet prices have increased significantly compared with previous years because of President Trump’s trade war with China.
As the price gap between low-end and high-end cabinets gradually narrow, more buyers have set their eyes to the high-end cabinet market. Simple yet elegant European Style cabinets usher in the golden development stage. The market expansion attracts more businesses, undoubtedly offering various options for customers. If you have been considering renovation, now might be the good time.
Differences between European Style cabinets and traditional American Style cabinets
A modern kitchen is a multi-functional area that integrates cooking and entertaining guests. A high-end kitchen can fully showcase the owner’s lifestyle, and the selection of cabinets is an important part of kitchen design. By 2020, the complicated decorations and carvings on the surface of cabinets are no longer the focus. Exquisite production, environmentally friendly materials, convenience, and utilization have become more and more valued.
Statistics show that, in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and Chicago, residents tend to choose European Style cabinets. Especially in the Bay Area, customized high-end European Style cabinets that match the overall interior design style and personal preferences have become popular.
The European Style is also referred to as Contemporary Style in the industry. Compared to the traditional American Style cabinets, European Style features an invisible frame structure (frameless). The distance between the cabinet doors is less than ¼ inch which creates a compact layout and a higher space utilization rate. The cabinet door and handle designs are simple and fashionable, bringing together the overall kitchen design seamlessly.
European Style cabinets tend to be more sophisticated in materials and production techniques. American Style cabinets show obvious frame structures; the distance between cabinet doors is wider, and thus, it does not require strict precision in cutting. European Style cabinets emphasize clean lines, so any flaws would be visible. Therefore, they require a high level of manufacturing techniques. In addition, because most of the weight is held by the frames, American cabinets usually use cheaper materials for the cabinet body. An innate characteristic of European Style design is that its weight is on the cabinet body itself, and therefore, thick and solid wood as well as durable hinges and metal parts are required. High-end products usually use materials and parts imported from Europe, and all details are hidden cleverly behind the cabinet doors with clean lines.