Wood Cabinets for Kitchen Remodel

by J on January 19, 2010

The choice of kitchen cabinets is often the most important decision of a kitchen remodel and, certainly, is a major portion of your budget. Taking the time to make the right choice is important, because the cabinets often determine the rest of the kitchen décor. Narrowing down your options can seem overwhelming when you look at all the possibilities—traditional, modern, European, stock, custom, or somewhere in between? And what about the hardware and other accessories? Well, a good starting point is to first figure out a basic consideration—the material for the cabinets.

Wood is the popular choice for cabinets; deciding upon the type of wood can be a fun but daunting task. With exotic woods gaining in popularity, the choices of wood are ever-increasing. In this blog, we’ll consider some of the common types of wood used for kitchen cabinets, roughly listed in order of expense.

Types of Wood Commonly Used in Cabinets

  • Maple is a hard wood. It is a light color with a close grain, which may contain light shades of white, brown, pink and yellow. Will stain easily.
  • Oak is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets. Red oak offers interesting grain patterns that range from white to yellow to reddish brown. It is a hard wood and will hold up to daily use. Accepts stain easily.
  • Pine comes in three versions:  white, yellow and ponderosa. Pine is a softer wood and the knots that are often visible in the wood give a room a rustic feel. Accepts stain easily, but gouges easily.
  • Hickory is an extremely hard wood with an open grain that creates dramatic patterns and color variations. Since the grain can be so dramatic, you may want to team this wood with less busy patterns in the rest of the kitchen. Will stain.
  • Cherry is a wood with a beautiful sheen that darkens as it is exposed to sunlight and as it ages. It is often used in mid- to higher-end cabinets. Darkens with stain.
  • Mahogany is a rich, reddish color and is an expensive choice of the more common wood types. Accepts stain easily.

Of course, the type of wood you choose for your kitchen remodel will determine the rest of your décor. If your kitchen doesn’t get much natural light, you may want to choose a lighter color wood to brighten up the area. If natural light isn’t a problem, darker cabinets can be a dramatic focal point of the kitchen, and you can balance them out with brighter touches throughout the rest of the kitchen.

If you still feel confused over which type of wood cabinet would best accent your kitchen, consult a home remodeling expert who will be able to make suggestions and help you with the layout. Walking through a showroom can help you see the distinct differences between the different types of wood, and often times you’ll find “the one” that you know will be perfect for your kitchen.

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