Choosing between Solid Wood and Melamine for your Custom Closet

Custom Closet DesignOne of the most difficult decisions when designing a custom closet is the material to use. Solid wood is often the material of choice, but melamine, a man-made engineered wood material, is also a very popular option. So how do you decide which material to use for your new custom closet? Below are some things to consider.

Price

Solid wood is more expensive than melamine. If you have a specific budget that you need to keep your project within, melamine is a more cost-effective option.

Style

If your home already includes wood trim, built-ins or wood floors, going with solid wood for your custom closet may look better.

If you’re looking for a more colorful or contemporary storage solution, melamine may be right for you. Melamine is available in a variety of veneer finishes. While wood can be painted any color, some people prefer the look of the colored veneer over painted wood.

Durability

Wood is susceptible to warping, moisture and other conditions, so it may not be the best choice for basements or garages. The high quality melamine that Crooked Oak uses is not likely to warp. It is also generally more durable in less-than-ideal environments.

Melamine also works well for adjustable shelves. If you plan on moving the shelves in your custom storage unit regularly, melamine would make it easier.

With Crooked Oak designing and installing your custom closet, it will be easy to clean and maintain using either solid wood or melamine. Many people simply love the look and feel of natural, solid wood. If you’re not sure which material is right for your needs, schedule a free in-home consultation. We’d be happy to discuss your options in more detail and provide a recommendation specific to your project.

Posted March 30, 2016