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A well-made modular kitchen not only accentuates the look of your home but makes your kitchen look incredibly classy.Acrylic and high gloss laminate have become two of the most popular materials for kitchen cabinets today. Factors such as pricing, durability, finish and kitchen usage play a vital role in deciding which material will be more suitable for you. The right choice of materials and design will define the character and style of your interiors and make them look straight out of a magazine.We understand the confusion that arises while choosing a suitable material, and hence we present a detailed distinction between Acrylic and laminate kitchen cabinets material to help you make an informed decision.


Acrylic kitchen cabinets are artificial plastic cabinets commonly used to give a glossy finish to contemporary kitchens. They offer a scratch-resistant surface with a shiny finish that renders your kitchen and home a flawless look. High-gloss acrylic kitchen cabinets material are made out of MDF board or hardwood, which is further protected with a cover of acrylic sheets in the preferred colour and pattern to get your desired look.

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Laminate is a synthetic material pressed onto MDF or particleboard, also known as compressed wood. The laminate finish is one of the most commonly used cabinet finishes for kitchens. The top layer is usually printed with various patterns and colours, offering you a wide range to choose from.



While both acrylic cabinets and laminate cabinets are pretty popular today, making a choice boils down to the advantages each of them have over each other.

●      Acrylic lacquer is available in various colours that offer a mirror-like effect and retains its colour and brightness for years.

●      Acrylic cupboard renders a sophisticated look to your kitchen, making it look classy, elegant and chic.

●      They are easy to maintain as you can clean them with plain water.

●      It is highly resistant to moisture, is heat-resistant, non-toxic and anti-bacterial, making it safe for kids, you and pets at home. 

●      It has a much better lifespan because it is UV resistant, making it an ideal choice for Indian climate conditions.

●      They are entirely water-proof so do not create bubbles or cracks on the surface of acrylic cabinets.


Despite several advantages, high-gloss acrylic kitchen cabinets also have their set of disadvantages.

●      Its glossy finish reflects the tiniest of defects, smudges, scratches, and fingerprints. It is especially true for darker acrylic finish kitchen

●      While acrylic cabinets accentuate the look of the kitchen and your home, it comes at a cost. It is more costly as compared to laminate kitchen
         cabinets. The general price range starts at ₹1000 to ₹1600 per square foot, depending on the gloss level. The entire modular kitchen may
         take around ₹1.75L and upwards to complete.

●      It requires regular cleaning and maintenance.

●      It is better to not rough use it as it may be prone to damage.


Laminates have been in use in Indian kitchens for several years. Let us take a quick look at a few advantages over other materials.

●      Cupboard laminate designs come in various colours such as matte laminate, high-gloss laminate and natural textures that give you a
         wooden finish laminate feel. It has more variety as compared to acrylic kitchen cabinets.

●      It is budget-friendly and cost-effective compared to acrylic kitchen cabinets and wood cabinets. Because of its relatively low price, it is a
         preferred material of choice for kitchen designs in most households.

●      They are easy to maintain and can be wiped with a wet cloth.

●      They can sustain rough use and wear and tear more than acrylic finish cabinets.

●      The general price range starts at ₹2000 per sheet, and the total cost of the kitchen on average can be anywhere between ₹30,000 to
         ₹1,00,000, depending on the area that needs to be covered.


While there are several advantages of using laminate finish kitchen cupboards, there are a few disadvantages.

●      Since they are pressed on MDF or particleboard, a slight inconsistency in pasting it can create bubbles in the laminate. It needs to be pasted
        smoothly and left to dry for a minimum of three to four days.

●      Low-pressure laminates are not as durable as high-pressure laminates. The seams of the particleboard tend to be visible or uneven in a
         low-pressure laminate finish kitchen that does not compliment your home décor.

●      There are fewer colours in low-pressure laminates and may need to change a few years.

●      They are not as water-resistant and durable as acrylic finish cabinets. Constant exposure to water along the seams may lead to loosening of
         the glue, making the laminate come out before time.


Acrylic and laminate modular kitchen designs have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, there is no thumb rule that one can follow in choosing one over the other. While several homeowners prefer laminate finish kitchen cabinets, a few prefer acrylic because of its sheer lustre and finish.

If you are looking for a cost-effective solution and want to renovate your kitchen after a few years, you may opt for laminate modular kitchen designs.

On the other hand, if you love the look and feel of a kitchen and don’t mind spending a little more, acrylic kitchen design may be a good choice for you.

You can, alternatively, opt for a combination of both materials to complement the look of your home. You can give it the best of both worlds. Your decision is totally influenced by price, budget, look and style.


Every kitchen is different, as is the emotion attached to each. Asian Paints Beautiful Homes can help you get the desired look and style as per your preference. With a team of skilled interior decorators and home stylists, we offer you a range of kitchen cabinet designs that will transform your kitchen and make your dream come true.

We guide you with the perfect kitchen cabinet material to design your personalized modular kitchen with the right combination of colours, cabinets and within your budget. You can book a 3D consultation call with our design experts or walk into our showrooms to get a first-hand look and feel of the kitchen designs and materials.

AP Beautiful Homes currently has its showrooms in Raipur, Jaipur, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Kochi, Nashik, Amritsar, Tumakuru, Coimbatore and Karur. In addition, we are in the process of expanding our network of stores to other cities of the country, bringing your designs closer home.

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