We all like to change up our surroundings every so often. It’s why we rearrange the furniture, re-paint the walls and redecorate. Maybe we’re stuck in a rut, and we hope a change will jolt us out of it. Maybe we regret that color we chose five years ago, or maybe it’s just a new season in our life, and we’re looking for a change to carry us into this new future.
Some parts of our home and surroundings are easier to change than others, however. It’s one thing to repaint a room to give it a fresh face. It’s quite another to entirely re-decorate a kitchen. New cabinets and appliances can be expensive, and for this reason, we don’t often complete renovations like this unless the cabinets truly need it. That’s why many of us who operate on small- to mid-sized budgets will often look for less drastic and more affordable ways to give our kitchens a new lease on life.
We think the best solution to this problem is cabinet wraps. These vinyl wraps help give your cabinets an entirely new look and can transform your kitchen into something radically different, all without ever having to replace a single cabinet. Today, we will explain what kitchen cabinet wraps are, how they work and why they make the perfect solution for an easy, simple and cost-effective way to give your kitchen a new face.
What Are the Different Types of Cabinet Wraps?
When we think of cabinets, many of our minds will immediately go to the kitchen, as this is where we find most of the cabinets in our houses. But think a little harder, and you’ll quickly realize that these likely aren’t the only cabinets in your home. Your bathroom may have cabinets, and your dining room might too. Maybe even your basement or garage has a few storage cabinets tucked away somewhere. Or what about those storage cabinets in the kids’ playroom?
There is no functional difference between a vinyl wrap intended for kitchen cabinets vs. bathroom cabinet wraps. They work the same way and can be swapped out for one another any time you want. The only real difference comes in terms of style — you might want a metallic look for your kitchen cabinets, whereas this is less common in a bathroom setting. The principle and function are the same, however, and the only difference between vinyl for the kitchen and dining room vinyl is a sense of convention.
What Are the Advantages of Cabinet Wraps?
Before we get into discussing the nitty-gritty details of how vinyl works and what varieties you can purchase, let’s tackle the big question. Why should you choose a vinyl wrap for your cabinets in the first place? What makes this a better choice than doing a complete kitchen overhaul? As it turns out, there are many different advantages to cabinet wraps.
Cabinet wraps offer you greater levels of customization power than a full cabinet replacement will, simply because cabinet replacement is a big job. Even if you have all the money in the world, it’s a time-consuming and annoying thing to do frequently. Because these replacements are such a rare occasion, a lot of weight goes into deciding which cabinet to choose. After all, you’ll be living with it for the next decade or so. You may be more likely to pick something you think will age well and not immediately become dated, rather than something you truly want.
Cabinet wraps are different. These can be applied and removed with minimal difficulty. You might have a specific wrap for a year, only to decide the following year that you’re ready to move onto something else. This flexibility puts far less weight on a single design choice, giving you the freedom to experiment and try new things with a level of enthusiasm that would be hard to match with a full cabinet replacement.
There’s no doubt about it. Replacing your cabinets costs a lot of money. While most of us will make this significant change once or twice if we live in a house for most of our adult lives, it probably won’t happen much more often than that. It’s just too expensive. Even if you opt for one of the cheaper cabinet options, it will still come at a hefty price since you have to pay for both the cabinets themselves and the price of installation.
Cabinet wraps are a much more cost-effective option. A piece of vinyl is much cheaper than an entire cabinet, and you can also apply these wraps yourself without having to higher installation experts. Because the process is more affordable, you have the freedom to choose a wrap in the style of a much more expensive type of cabinet.
We’ve already said it, but it’s worth repeating. Replacing your cabinets is a major project and not something you can do in your spare time or on one lazy Saturday morning. It means hiring installation workers, not having access to your kitchen all day or longer and rearranging your entire house so there’s a clear path from the door to the kitchen for the cabinets to come through. It means emptying your cabinets and clearing out the kitchen so the operation can begin and having your entire house thrown into disarray. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way?
Vinyl cabinet wraps are infinitely easier. When you choose cabinet wraps instead of cabinet replacement, you set yourself up for minimum hassle and disruption. You can buy your vinyl in person or online. Either way, you won’t have to worry about having to upset the entire house to get it in the door. Your cabinets don’t even need to be emptied either since you apply the vinyl right on top of the existing doors. You don't have to replace anything. The job is self-explanatory and straightforward enough that you can usually do it yourself, without the help of any installation professionals.
Why Do People Wrap Their Cabinets?
Based on all we’ve discussed about cabinet wraps so far, it isn’t hard to understand their popularity and appeal. People choose to wrap their cabinets to give their kitchen, bathroom or dining room an aesthetic change without going to all the trouble and money it takes to replace the cabinets fully and refurbish a space. Vinyl wraps provide people with a solution that gives them the same benefits as a full cabinet replacement at a fraction of the cost, hassle and stress.
Types of Cabinet Wraps
Vinyl is capable of mimicking the appearance of many real-life materials, from wood and stone to high-gloss paint. Because of this, there are many different types of vinyl to choose from to achieve that finish you’re looking for. Just a few of the different kinds of vinyl finishes you may encounter in your search include:
- Wood Grain
- High Glossy Sheen
- Matte Color
All of these are still the same vinyl, but they’ve been designed differently to closely imitate a particular type of material, giving your space that instant upgrade without the hassle.
Recommended Cabinet Wrap Sizes
While there are always a few exceptions, most cabinets come in a set of standard sizes. These dimensions are common no matter what room your cabinets are in, so when it comes to ordering vinyl cabinet wraps, it’s easy to order your material in whichever of these set sizes apply to you. You’ll need to measure the cabinets in question to know which of these standard measurement sets they fall into. Unless your cabinet is very irregular, however, it should fit one of the following measurements:
- 24 inches
- 36 inches
- 72 inches
Measure the height and the width of your cabinet doors. Place your cabinet wrap order according to these dimensions, and you should be ready to go.
Cabinet Wrap Options From Rvinyl
When you choose to shop for your cabinet wraps at Rvinyl, you can choose between three main styles of wraps.
1. ORACAL 631 Removable Cabinet Wrap
The ORACAL 631 Removable Cabinet Wrap offers a bright matte finish in over 50 different color options. From ruby red and sunshine yellow to forest green and deep-sea blue, you can find any color you can imagine in this ORACAL film. Because of the bright, eye-popping colors, these may not be your first pick for kitchen cabinets, although they certainly create a memorable first impression if they fit your style. But think how great these colors would look in the kids’ bedroom or playroom. Do the kids have a separate bathroom? Why not spruce this up with some cheerful colors?
ORACAL wrap is engineered specifically for indoor use and isn’t just about aesthetic value. It also does a great job of keeping your cabinets safe from bruises and bumps. And when you’re tired of this color and ready to try another? It sticks to your cabinet with an adhesive that’s easily removable without damaging the cabinet underneath so that you can switch it out for a new shade.
2. Rcraft Wood Grain Cabinet Refacing Film
Whether you’re looking to refinish the kitchen, dining room or bathroom cabinets, this elegant Rcraft Wood Grain Cabinet Refacing Film gets the job done with spectacular style. With its natural-looking vertical wood-grain patterns, this vinyl is just the thing to spruce up a space with a dash of sophistication and a touch of class.
There isn’t just one standard wood grain here, either. Instead, choose from several different grains, including the ever-popular Honey Burlwood with its dark amber swirls, Dark Burlwood with its rich burgundy finish and Matte Burlwood, which offers a satin European finish.
3. 3M Gloss Cabinet Wraps
If you’re searching for a cabinet wrap that gives you maximum shine and gloss, look no further than our 3M Gloss Cabinet Wraps. Available in over 35 different bright shades, this vinyl offers a high-gloss and modern finish that’s the perfect complement to any room in the house. This vinyl comes in sheets 60 inches wide, and you purchase it by the foot in length so you'll never have to worry about not having enough to wrap your cabinet surfaces.
This glossy vinyl wrap is an especially great choice for the DIY-enthusiast as its one of the easiest wraps out there to apply. Forget about needing specialized tools, extra glue or adhesives that leave a mess everywhere. To wrap your cabinets, all you need to do is clean and prep the surface, lay down the vinyl and apply some heat with a hairdryer as you smooth it into place.
Cabinet Wraps FAQs
Is it your first time exploring the world of vinyl cabinet wraps? Still trying to figure out how to wrap your cabinets? Don’t worry. Here are some of the most common questions people like you may have as they’re starting out.
1. Are These Wraps Just for Cabinets?
Nope. You can use these wraps on any hard and non-porous surface. That means there are nearly endless other surfaces that would look great in a fresh vinyl wrap. A few of our favorite examples include:
- Kids’ furniture
2. How Do You Apply a Vinyl Wrap?
It depends. Some vinyl is heat-activated, while other types are self-adhesive. For the self-adhesive variety, simply peel away the backing and smooth the vinyl down into place with your hands and the help of a squeegee. For heat-activated vinyl, place the vinyl over the surface before applying a heat source such as a hairdryer. This heat will activate the adhesive, and the vinyl will stick to the surface. If you aren’t sure which variety you have, examine any instructions that came with the vinyl or ask the manufacturer or retailer.
Want to take it off? No problem. These cabinet wraps are designed not leave sticky residues when they're removed so you can change up the look of your interior as often as you look.
3. Should You Wrap Your Cabinets?
Is a vinyl cabinet wrap right for your home? We can’t decide for you, but we can tell you that this is an easy, fun and cost-effective solution that many people turn to when they’re looking to freshen up a room with new colors and textures. And if it turns out that you don’t instantly love it, it’s easy to peel off and try again with a different finish.
Shop Vinyl Cabinet Wraps Today
If you wish you could update your home without going to all the trouble of replacing your cabinets or are looking for a fresh take on your house but hoping to avoid breaking the bank, give vinyl cabinet wraps a try.
Whether you’re looking for bright and kid-friendly matte shades, elegant wood grains or high-gloss modern finishes, there’s something for everyone at Rvinyl, where we’re proud to sell vinyl wraps for all your needs. Shop our selection of cabinet wraps today, and remember that our customer support team is here for you every step of the way. If you ever have any questions about our products or their intended uses, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us.
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