Types Of Wood Used For Kitchen Cabinets And Which One Is The Most Durable

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The secret ingredient to the perfect aesthetic kitchen is cabinetry!

Selecting the right wood for your cabinetry is one of the hardest decisions. It sets the mood of your kitchen and one bad decision can lead to a whole lot of trouble. While studying kitchen style in Bergen County, New Jersey, we got to know that finding the right wood for cabinets is what people mostly struggle with. 

Here are some types of woods you can use to enhance the look of your kitchen:

1. Oak Wood

Best known for its inexpensive price, lightweight, easy to clean surface, and easy availability. It can be divided into Red Oak and White. Both are equally durable but white oak is often stronger than its red counterpart.

If you’re going for a more traditional kitchen, then red oak should be your go-to! The pronounced grain patterns and dark colors give your kitchen the rustic vibe you’re looking for.

White oaks look more contemporary and sophisticated. The golden hues and very subtle grain often make it a choice for urbanized kitchens.

2. Rift Oak

More expensive than the normal oak wood but definitely worth the price! The linear grains compliment any kitchen, whether it is a modern or traditional kitchen. You may use it vertically or horizontally creating more style, while creamy to tan colors offer ample customization. It is significantly denser and harder making it more durable.

3. Walnut

A very premium type of wood that may not be easily available. Even if you do find it there is a great probability that it will be a burden on your wallet. It has a beautiful and smooth texture that goes with every kitchen and a variety of colors but the price is just a little too heavy on the pocket! Walnut is strong, hard, and durable; however, it’s better suited for making intricate furniture.


4. Cherry Wood

The go-to wood for cabinets! A high-end wood that is more expensive than Maple and Clear Alder but the price is completely justified as it is extremely durable even though it is not a hardwood. It provides a timeless look to your kitchen and the naturally dark colors add more luxury to each cabinet. The material is outstanding in absorbing stains but it does age with time and develops a darker color.

5. Hickory Wood

A rare choice, but more affordable than Cherry wood. It has a distinct two-tone appearance mostly creamy and darker reddish wood. It is not good at absorbing stains but if you’re going for the 90’s vibe this is the best choice! The knots and natural color only need to be sealed and no damage will be done. It will last you a long time and maintain the homely look. It is approximately 41% harder than the traditional Red Oak so don’t worry about repairs any time soon.

6. Alder Wood

If you are looking to save money on kitchen cabinets, then Alder wood is a very good option. Relatively a softer type of wood and very similar in appearance to Cherry; however, unlike Cherry as it ages its color lightens with exposure to sunlight and usage. Its ease to distress and low price point attracts many people who like antiqued finishes. Knotty Alder is also preferred to provide an antique finish; however it is one of the softest woods in the hardwood categories, regardless it is known for being durable and long-lasting.

7. Pine Wood

In contemporary kitchens, this affordable and nature-friendly softwood is an amazing option. The stains and knots of pinewood keep shining through layers of polish but be a little careful around it as it is prone to some wear and tear. It may still not swell and shrink despite being soft, so don’t be worried about longevity. Its durability is still less as compared to other high-end options.

8. Maple Wood

Our personal effort is Maple wood. Best known for their strength, durability, and longevity Maple Wood is hands-down the best option for kitchen cabinets! Their fine-texture and smooth graining increase its popularity in the market. A wide color range also allows you to pick and then customize it further with polish if you want to! It allows you to set the tone of your kitchen with its variant designs and it has become a staple in every modern kitchen because of its durability.

In the end, it depends on the vibe you’re going for. So make sure to check out everything regarding a type of wood before choosing it for your kitchen.





Ref: THSI-1901

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