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6 Types of Cabinet Wood to Consider for Your Custom Project 

April 26, 2018

The cabinet wood you choose can have a major impact on how your kitchen or bathroom looks. When you’re making the investment in custom cabinets, it’s even more essential to choose your materials wisely.

6 Types of Cabinet Wood to Consider for Your Custom Project 

Of all the types of cabinet wood you could select, each offers a different finished look. Because of this, it can be difficult to predict whether the cabinet face you choose will appear the same in your home as it does in the showroom, but this natural aspect is what makes wood cabinets so attractive.

Each of the following six cabinet wood options varies in price based on its availability and whether it is fast or slow growing. Each kind also has specific trademark features.

1. Maple

Maple is a popular cabinet wood choice because it is readily available and not too expensive. Because it has a fine grain and smooth texture, it’s ideal for stain or paint. It is one of the hardest woods and ranges in color from a pale white to a deep cream.

2. Birch

Birch is a medium hardwood that looks similar to maple, but it’s typically less expensive. It can be stained to look like cherry as well, so it’s the ideal cabinet wood if you are renovating on a smaller budget but still want a high-end look.

3. Oak

Oak is one of the hardest and heaviest types of wood used for building cabinets. It has a rougher, coarser texture than other wood types, and it comes in a variety of colors, from white to red, and the grain will show up clearly.

4. Cherry

One of the more expensive woods for cabinets, cherry is a high-end, warm, rich option. It’s used in both contemporary and classic designs, as it can be stained in a variety of shades to bring out different color variations.

5. Alder

Alder is a knotty, smooth wood with a tight grain, ranging in color from light brown to a richer, reddish shade. It’s a softer wood, though still able to hold up to the wear and tear cabinets must undergo. As it’s exposed to sunlight, alder gradually lightens over time.

6. Hickory

Hickory is a dense and strong cabinet material, mostly known for its dramatic variation in grain, even within the same cut of wood. Hickory brings a rustic, traditional look and a unique character.

Choosing your design starts with selecting the cabinet wood that will deliver the function you need and the appearance you prefer. There is no better place to start your search than at our showroom. With our endless combinations of stains, colors, cuts and hardware, you can find the style you’re looking for, or simply get inspired at Swirl Woodcraft.