When deciding on the material to use for your kitchen cabinets, real wood cut from trees is definitely the way to go. It is not only beautiful, but also extremely durable. It can be easily maintained by cleaning with a damp cloth, it can resist moisture much better then other alternatives, and it can withstand heavy usage for a very long period of time.
When picking the wood for your kitchen cabinets, there are many aspects to consider. If your kitchen is small, a lighter wood will brighten it up and make it seem larger. If you have a large kitchen already, it can withstand the deep darker woods and stains. Think about the theme of your household, whether it is more rustic or more modern and take that into consideration when picking a wood. Think about the color of granite you are using for your countertops and what color of wood would match best. Most importantly pick a wood that you will enjoy looking at day after day since it is your kitchen we’re talking about here.
The five most popular types of tree woods used for cabinets are oak, cherry, maple, hickory, and pine.
Oak cabinets are the most popular. They are the least expensive of wood types and are very abundant and easily found. Oak cabinets are extremely durable and are the easiest wood to stain and finish. The color varies from dark brown to light tan and the grain is more pronounced than in any other types making it an extremely beautiful option for any home.
Cherry wood is softer than oak and more versatile to work with. It is pretty durable, but is the most expensive of the five. It has a fine grain and the colors vary from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age. It is a good wood choice when you want to give your kitchen a warm, luxurious feel and looks best in large open kitchens.
There are two types of maple wood that are commonly used for cabinets. Soft maple comes from silver maple and red maple trees. It is a softer wood like cherry but lighter in color. Dark maple comes from black maple or sugar maple trees. It is harder like oak but lighter in color. Maple wood can be stained in any shade while still maintaining its natural wood grain making it very versatile.
Hickory wood is the sturdiest wood in America. Its colors range from white shades to dark brown shades and it works very well with stains. Hickory trees are extremely abundant and have many different species making it easy to find Hickory trees to be cut down for cabinetry. It is extremely popular because of this attainability and its variety in color options.
Pine wood is very soft and can dent easily. It is very likely to have knots giving it a rustic look. If the rest of your house has a rustic cabin feel, this wood is the way to go. It is the least expensive of the five.
Be sure to take a look at all of your options before choosing a type of wood for your cabinets. There are so many varieties of colors and grains that you want to make certain you make the right decision for you and your home.