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Advantages of filming

Films are the simplest and most cost-effective means of fundamentally transforming furniture. They are far cheaper than the complete replacement of kitchen fronts and offer more design options than the painting of kitchen fronts.

In addition, there are other advantages:

Films can be applied without dust and great effort

  • Films can be peeled off again later
  • With the help of foils, minor damage and quirks can be easily covered and made invisible (this is not always possible when painting)
  • high-quality foils can be used for many years
  • high-quality foils are not only water-resistant but also heat-resistant
  • foils can be applied even without difficulty
  • with the help of foils, almost any desired design of the kitchen fronts can be achieved, including natural stone - and concrete optics
  • Films can be repaired very easily by repainting (remove remaining film!)
  • Disadvantages of films

The adhesive power of a film can usually not be determined in advance. How well a film holds is in many cases dependent on the manufacturer of the film - it is fixed measure or an indication of the adhesive force of a film is nowhere. Here you go a certain risk, with high-quality films, the adhesive power is usually very high and reliable.

When laminating (as well as when painting), it is problematic that only the outside of the front is redesigned. The back of doors and drawers is usually not covered (usually not painted). When opening doors and cabinets, you can still see the original design on the inside, even after the foil has been varnished. Only in the closed state, the front shows in its redesigned form.

Prices for adhesive films

By far the most furniture and kitchen foils are available for a price of around 30 EUR per linear meter, the width is almost in all cases just over one meter. Since the height of the kitchen front is usually around 90 cm, you can work here with very little waste. K Calculated over the thumb so you have a cost of around 25 EUR - 30 EUR per meter of kitchen front. This is a bit more expensive than the painting (from about 10 - 15 EUR per m² front surface), but much easier and with less effort to accomplish.

Film quality

Make sure you always use a film of the highest possible thickness. Thicker films offer better protection and are usually also higher quality. Ideally, the film should have a slight extensibility. It is best placed clean around corners and edges. For this you usually need a helper and a hair dryer.

The look of the design is also crucial. As a rule, the designs are photorealistic representations, especially with faux-films. This means that you can hardly distinguish them optically from the original material. Some films even have a slight structuring that approximates the material shown. As a rule, however, these are already a bit more expensive, especially high-quality adhesive films.

Another quality feature is the scratch resistance of a film. Ideally, there should be an additional, transparent protective layer over the foil decor that prevents scratching the decor. This avoids that the film is damaged over time - such damage is usually very noticeable because they disturb the appearance of the visual optically strong.

Also always make sure that a manufacturer marks his films as "washable" - especially when filming the kitchen is an extremely important criterion, so that the kitchen front can also be cleaned well.

Possible designs

Real wood

You can choose from a wide range of designs for foliation. Particularly popular for kitchens are above all real wood decors (some with realistic Strukuten to the optical effect still increase).

You can use it to effectively transform your kitchen front in almost any type of wood in many different shades. The selection usually includes high-quality exotic woods, which you would never use in the original kitchen design (for example, expensive walnut wood). This will allow you to upgrade your kitchen.

Concrete Optics Beton Concrete optics is particularly popular with modern facilities. Surfaces with concrete look are difficult to design, in many cases the high weight of even a very thin layer of concrete is a real problem.

With foils a concrete look can be realized very easily and without great effort and technical problems. Different colors and textures are usually available in the designs.

Tips & TricksColoring itself is very simple: cut the film to the appropriate size, then pull it piece by piece from the backing paper and smooth it with the squeegee. For corners, edges and profiles, heat the film lightly with a standard hair dryer and then put it under strong tension around the edge, pressing it firmly against the structure with the edge of the squeegee. It is best to always use a helper.

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