Laminate Cabinet Doors

Why M+J 3D Laminate Doors?

Kitchen cabinet doors can make or break a kitchen renovation. Choosing the right doors can easily upgrade an entire home. So how can you be sure you’re picking the right cabinet doors? Of course, there’s color and style, but did you know the material you use has a huge impact as well?

Does Cabinet Door Material Matter?

The material your cabinet doors are made of makes a difference in a number of different ways, including durability, cost, environmental impact, heat resistance, customizability, and weight. Solid Wood, particleboard and medium density fibreboard (MDF) laminate are common materials that doors are made out of. One of the best options for your new doors is MDF with a 3DLaminate film.

What are 3DLaminate Doors?

3DLaminate doors are very similar to traditional laminate, with a few key differences. Both 2D Laminate and 3D Laminate cabinet doors are made of an MDF core. With 2D Laminate cabinets, a thin multilayered film is laid on the surface, 3D Laminate doors are topped with a thin vinyl coating. 3DL or Thermofoil is flexible and has the ability to mold to various profiles, such as
Shaker or Raised Panel. 3D Laminate applied with a vacuum press using a combination of heat and air pressure. The coating offers a uniform appearance to each cupboard door and drawer. When it comes to performance and durability, thermofoil really competes with all other door finish options.

Why Choose 3DLaminate Doors?

From price all the way to durability, 3DLaminate doors outperform wood, laminate, and metal in a number of ways.

– Thermofoil is very easy to clean, you can just use soap and water as opposed to specialized cleaning products required for wood or metal.

– Don’t worry about splashes on your cabinets, thermofoil is water and heat-resistant. The non-porous material effectively and naturally blocks water from reaching the MDF core.

– Speaking of durability, thermofoil is very strong and resists chipping and impact. Our doors are a fantastic choice for busy families as they truly stand up to daily wear and tear

– While thermofoil comes in a number of different colours it also offers a consistent color and finish that is not always guaranteed with a solid wood door.

– Customize the colour of your 3DL doors, M+J Woodcrafts offers a number of options ranging from mattes to woodgrain. Choose from a wide variety of styles as well.

– All the doors are made from 100% recyclable materials, so you can feel great knowing your impact on the environment is quite low as well.

– Finally, the price is right! The cost to make 3DLaminate cabinet doors is much lower than other materials, as a manufacturer, we can pass these savings down to you as the consumer. This means 3DLaminate options are great for any renovation budget!

Thinking about using 3DLaminate doors in your next project? Call M+J Woodcrafts today to speak to a representative. Let the team help you build with innovation. For over 40 years, the M+J Woodcrafts team has been more than willing to go the extra mile for our customers, let us show you why we are one of British Columbia’s top cabinet door suppliers!

Laminate Cabinet Doors

Benefits of 3DL Cabinet Doors

Cabinet doors in your kitchen or bathroom are essential and what you chose will contribute greatly to the look and feel of your home. They are one of the first things that the eyes are drawn to upon walking into a room. Since they are so utilitarian, they have to be able to withstand water damage and the wear and tear of daily use.
When you need to find the right style and material, there are hundreds of options to choose from, which can become quite overwhelming. This is why we decided to go over what benefits you can expect from 3DLaminate – also known as Vinyl, Thermofoil or PVC – cabinet doors.


3DL, by design, is made to last a long time. Unlike painted doors, 3DL is resistant to chips and scratches, and it doesn’t flake off. It also is resistant to moisture, which is especially helpful in the kitchen or bathroom. The 3DL cabinet doors at M+J Woodcrafts are made with strict quality standards using the best quality 3DL sourced from Europe and the USA to ensure durability for years to come.

Endless Colour Options

3DL film comes in a vast array of colours and textures, such as Super Matte, High Gloss, natural looking woodgrains and, even leather like finishes. Clients can choose from an impressive collection of colours and create endless, unique combinations between them all.

Quick to Produce

If you are in need of cabinet doors within a tight deadline, 3DL cabinet doors are a great option. they can be quickly produced while still maintaining high-quality durability, as you have read about above!

Uniformity Of Colour And Design

3DL doors can look a bit different from natural wood products, but this is an advantage! Due to the fact that 3DL is a manufactured material, the finish is even and consistent throughout. One of the best features of 3DLaminate cabinets is that the colour and design will never fade if they are well protected.


One of the greatest advantages to purchasing 3DL doors is their cost. They are one of the least expensive doors on the market today. You can follow all the latest kitchen trends without breaking the bank!

If you would like to learn more about our 3D Laminate cabinet doors, contact M+J Woodcrafts today!




Written by Troy Hannafin


If you have ever seen the movie Rebel Without A Cause, you will know how easy it can be for James Dean to come unravelled in an overly-dramatic way.

And if you had seen that movie, before playing the clip, you’re probably as old as I am. That means you have seen some old 3DL cabinet doors unravelling themselves in a similarly over-the-top fashion.

The skin seems to be popping straight off of the doors like rats jumping ship. You may ask yourself “Why would I want to put those doors in my kitchen, or even a rental for that matter if they’re going to do that eventually”?

Correctly made 3DL cabinet doors DON’T DO THAT! One of the following two things has to be going on under the surface for that to happen.

  1. Not enough glue was sprayed on the edges or face of the door. Some manufacturers, while likely trying to save time or money, do not put enough glue to account for absorption into the MDF. However, if too much glue is applied, the face and edges will turn out a bit lumpy looking. It takes considerable technical skill and finesse to get the correct amount of glue onto the door to result in both a quality look and a 3DL door that will last 20+ years. At M+J, we use a post-catalyzed, water-based, heat-activated glue that further lengthens the lifespan of the doors. I know that was too much of hyphenating, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided.
  2. There was no Primer applied to the back of the 3DL. After extruding the PVC into a thin sheet, the manufacturer then sprays or rolls a coat of primer to the back of the 3DL. This primer is specially formulated to adhere to the smooth PVC and to create a chemical connection between it and the heat-activated glue applied to the door. Without that primer, the glue will stick to the vinyl for a time. However, after about 3-4 years, it will start to let go, and the resulting ship-jumping starts.

M+J does a visual inspection of the glue level and the presence of primer before pressing every load of doors. We also do heat tests after every break to make sure we are activating our glue correctly. Physical and destructive pull tests are done at the same time to ensure we have the most durable adhesion. And who doesn’t like being destructive every once in a while, especially if the boss encourages it?

3DL cabinets doors can be an economical and long-lasting choice that will outperform most products that cost much more. Buy them from M+J Woodcrafts, and you’ll be sick of them well before they ever need replacing, trust me.

Contact us at 604.946.4767 to discuss how we can assist you with your cabinet doors.

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