Kitchen Cabinets for Fresh Look in Your Home
If you are thinking of installing some solid wood kitchen cabinets, a little knowledge of wood’s various properties can be helpful. Let’s have a look at the most commonly used materials for kitchen cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets are made from hardwoods. In many cases the hardwoods are applied as veneers over plywood or some other substrate.The most common wood used in kitchen cabinets is red oak. It is durable and has a pronounced grain. White oak is more durable and has golden tones and a more subtle grain. It is usually only available as a custom option.
Maple is finely grained and has a lighter color than oak. It is slightly more expensive but less dense than oak. Maple takes a stain well, but most often it is given a clear finish to give it a contemporary look.
Hickory lends itself well to rustic cabins and styles, rather than custom cabinetry. It is lighter than oak but has a similar grain pattern. Like maple, it is most often given a clear finish which brings out its blonde tones.
Ash has a lighter color than oak but has similar qualities. It has a more pronounced and straighter grain than some other woods. This gives it a fine contemporary character when a clear finish is applied. It is more often seen in custom cabinetry.
Pine is the only evergreen species commonly in use in kitchen cabinetry. It is a softwood and is more easily scratched or dented than hardwoods. Its pale yellow wood often looks more striking with a stain finish, and it often has visible knots in it. These lend it a more traditional or country appeal. Pine cabinets are an ideal choice for a vacation cabin or lakeside summer home.
Cherry wood is a versatile and commonly used material for cabinets and other furniture. It is durable and withstands knocks and abuse. Its fine grain and red to reddish-brown wood becomes darker as it ages. It is usually stained to achieve a more uniform color.
Of course, the price of any kind of wood varies depending on availability. Make sure to shop around and consult with an expert carpenter to find the best qualities and prices for wood locally. For those on a thrift budget, laminates offer a cheap way to achieve the visual appeal of wood at less expense.