Durability of Ikea wood doors/drawer fronts?
I've posted a similar query on the Ikeafans website but this forum seems more active, at least from my early experience, so I thought I'd ask for opinions here. I'm just starting to plan a budget remodel of my small galley kitchen and breakfast room.
I'm deciding between Ikea and American Woodmark cabinets, and am stuck on the question of durability. There is a lot about the Ikea products that I really like, particularly the organizational features, great hardware and warranty. However, having bought a couple of small doors from different series just to test the colors/style, I'm a little skeptical on the question of durability still, and so I'd love any feedback.
My only prerequisite is that I want wood and/or wood veneer - no thermofoil. That may be an arbitrary insistence but I refaced my currently awful cabinets a few years ago and I just can't stand the thermofoil. I was really hoping to do white Romsjo cabinets with a black/brown Romsjo island in the breakfast room area. But I have two small boys, and I need my kitchen to withstand routine contact with matchbox cars etc. The white Romsjo door seems to ding with almost every contact, and the dings are evident. It's a big contrast frankly from the AW doors that I've borrowed from Home Depot, which seem much more resistant to dings and more solid than either of the wood Ikea doors. The other Ikea option I'm considering, the Liljestad, is oak and seems sturdier and passed the Matchbox car test, but I'm wary of such a dark and somewhat oldfashioned look in my small kitchen. There are no other white doors in the Ikea line that are actual wood (either thermofoil or painted MDF.)
So I'm at a loss. Ikea is much more budget friendly and having paid both Ikea and HD for measures, I have greater confidence in the installer my local Ikea uses. Plus while I'd prefer wood drawers etc. to the Ikea drawer boxes, I don't love any of the AW colors or styles that are in my budget. But I can't spend five figures on cabinets that will look lousy in a couple of years or even less. Can anyone offer any feedback from use as to how any of the Ikea wood/veneer doors hold up over time? I'm less concerned with the integrity of the cabinet box than with the appearance of the doors and drawer fronts.
Sorry for the long post and thanks for any/all advice!!