Consider These Woods for Your Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on: 15 June 2021

Many kitchen cabinets are made of particleboard or similar manufactured wood substances. But if you're going for truly long-lasting, beautiful custom cabinetry, you'll likely want solid wood. So the question becomes, what type of wood do you want? Some types of wood are more affordable than others, and variations in appearance and performance can occur as well.

Here are some of the top woods to consider for your custom kitchen cabinets.

1. Cedar or pine

Cedar can be a beautiful wood and one that can go well with many different aesthetics. You can finish it to create a cabin-in-the-woods aesthetic or give it a subtler, more elegant look with a different type of finish. If cedar is too expensive, you can sometimes substitute white pine as well (just keep in mind it won't have the natural red color of red cedar). Pine can be especially good if you're going for a knotty look.

2. Oak

Oak is a popular cabinet choice and can be a high-value one as well. If you're looking for a top-quality cabinet, this can be a great option. Some of the reasons oak is such a great material include its durability, beauty, and density. Oak is a slow-growing hardwood, which means it tends to be very solid and hard-grained.

3. Maple

Maple wood is a commonly used wood for cabinetry and other building purposes. It's a hardwood, which means it's durable, and it has a very aesthetically pleasing appearance as well. It's a smooth-grained wood that lets you choose from many different finishes. Another benefit of maple is that it tends to be a bit more affordable than oak, while still offering a great look and a solid, durable wood.

4. Bamboo 

While bamboo technically comes from a grass rather than a tree, the material can be very useful in many applications that tree wood is used for. Kitchen cabinetry is no exception. Bamboo's grain patterns are beautiful and can look gorgeous in either their natural light colors or a darker color achieved through a stain.

Bamboo is considered a more renewable choice than wood since bamboo plants grow so fast. So you may want to choose bamboo for environmental reasons as well as aesthetic reasons. But keep in mind that since it's not such a popular, widespread option, you may have to pay a premium for bamboo cabinets.

If you're looking for solid wood kitchen cabinets, consider using one of these types of wood. For more information on the types of wood available in your price range, contact your remodeling contractors today.