Slab Style Cabinets: Everything You Need To Know
Slab style cabinets have been a popular trend in cabinetry and storage choice for some time now, even though you may not have been aware of this. Why? It’s because slab style cabinets go by many names, including “flat panel cabinets” and “Euro style cabinets”. Whatever you know them by or prefer to call them, if you’re in the market for new cabinets or are about to remodel your kitchen or another part of your home, it’s a good idea to learn more.
Like every style of cabinet, the purpose is storage – storage in your kitchen, your bathroom, your living room, and more. The secret to slab style cabinets, or for simplicity, flat panel cabinets, is that they’re flat. The flat panel doors of slab style serve to achieve a look and complement an overall design that other cabinet styles cannot. This is pretty vague – we know, so let’s get into the details. Here’s everything you need to know about slab style cabinets:
The primary characteristic of slab style cabinets is, again, that the cabinets are flat panels – or slabs. This means that the cabinet door and drawers come in a single piece. In terms of design, this characteristic is what enables slab cabinets to anchor modern kitchens and spaces with their clean and simple appearance. They have a timeless aesthetic and last longer in design longevity than other cabinet styles. Another characteristic, lent from the Europeans that popularized this cabinet style, is that high gloss materials and finishes can help these cabinets contribute to a more utilitarian design (if that’s what you’re going for).
There are many pros to slab style cabinets. First, is that they’re incredibly easy to maintain. Cleaning flat panel cabinets is much simpler than cleaning other types of cabinets that commonly have frames and other design characteristics. Long-term maintenance, therefore, is also easier, where slab style cabinets can just as easily be refinished.
Cost is another benefit (ironic, right?). The simplicity of flat panel cabinets makes them cheaper than other styles. Finally, from a design standpoint, another pro is that flat panel cabinets showcase other elements of your cabinetry, like drawer pulls and knobs.
There aren’t many cons to slab style cabinets if you’re in the market. Some industry experts and leading voices in interior design will say that slab style cabinets are “stark”, or that they are plain and bare in appearance. This is somewhat true, in that flat panel cabinets lack the ridges, frames, and other design elements of other cabinet styles. In other words, that’s the point.
However, to spruce up your slab cabinets, you can very easily go with wooden slab cabinets and give them a stain or finish, or paint them a color that either blends in or makes your cabinets pop out.