Get the Right Wood Type for Your Kitchen Cabinet Remodel

Not all kitchen cabinetry wood is created equal with some being harder or grower darker with age so understanding how a wood will perform and age over the lifetime of your cabinets is an important first step to selecting the right wood cabinetry for your kitchen.

Affordable Quality Cabinetry in Myrtle Beach, SC offers a variety of cabinet wood types to ensure you get the perfect kitchen cabinets to match your style preference and budget for your kitchen remodel.

There are a lot of different types of kitchen cabinet wood types to choose from including:

  • Cherry
  • Hickory
  • Maple
  • Rustic Maple
  • Laminates
  • Red Oak & White Oak
  • Birch

How to Select the Right Wood Type for Your Kitchen

Each type of cabinetry wood has a different aesthetic, level of durability and price point which you will want to take into consideration when making a selection. We recommend scheduling an appointment at our Myrtle Beach, SC showroom if you need help determining which cabinetry type would work best for your kitchen.

Features to Consider

  • Grain
    Except at the very high end, veneered cabinets are likely to give you better grain-matching solid wood cabinets.
  • Color
    The natural color of the cabinetry wood does not always matter as stain can replicate colors of other wood types on a cabinet such as using stain to replicate maple on a birch base.

Wood Cabinetry Types

Cherry Wood Cabinets

Cherry cabinets offer an unmatched look of elegance and luxury with its rich hues that vary from light red to deep reddish brown. Cherry wood has a smooth, close-grained appearance with a fairly uniform texture and random markings. Finishes can be applied with ease to this wood type due to the even grain. Cherry wood is admired for its rich, beautiful color and satiny smooth texture but the rich color of this wood will darken with age and exposure to sunlight.

Hickory Wood Cabinets

Hickory wood is known for its prominent grain and dramatic color variation which can range from creamy white to dark brown within the same panel which allows for a wide range of color possibilities. Grain patterns and color differences can be bold and irregular thus giving hickory a unique character. Mineral streaks and sound knots are sometimes prevalent in this dense and strong hardwood.

Maple Wood Cabinets

The clean simplicity of maple is ideal for contemporary homes and is a very popular wood type for kitchen cabinets. An exceptionally strong and heavy wood, maple is predominantly white to creamy-white in color. It has subtle grain which creates a smooth, uniform appearance. Mineral streaks (dark mineral deposits absorbed from the soil in which the tree grew) are a naturally occurring characteristic. Maple is an ideal wood cabinet type for painted finishes and stained finishes.

Rustic Maple Wood Cabinets

This type of maple wood is characterized by knots of varying size and color throughout the wood. Rustic maple also has mineral streaks, bare pockets, wormholes, heartwood, sugar tracks as well as clear, unmarked wood that provides a distinctive look to every cabinet door.

Laminate Wood Cabinets

Laminate kitchen cabinetry has become a popular choice for today’s modern look. It has sleek, clean lines with a smooth finish that will give your kitchen a virtually timeless look. Laminate cabinets are easy to clean and able to resist stains and spills which makes it a perfect option for a home that is meant to be lived in.

Red Oak & White Oak Wood Cabinets

Oak cabinets have distinct grain patterns and range in color from white to pink and reddish tones. These types of wood are an ever-popular choice due to their strength and reliability. Red oak tends to have a prominent grain pattern and texture which varies from a tight straight grain to a distinctive arch pattern. The overall color and grain is fairly consistent but can have occasional pin knots and mineral streaks.

Birch Wood Cabinets

Strong, durable with a range of colors available from white to a deep reddish brown, birch wood is a more open grained wood that can better absorb stain materials during finishing. With the good finishing ability of birch, the grain pattern is emphasized showing the beauty of the wood. The predominant color of this wood is white to creamy yellow. The range in color plus the wood’s curly or wavy pattern provides a distinctive statement in cabinets.

We recommend viewing several wood cabinet samples and displays to become familiar with the natural characteristics of the particular wood species and cabinet finish you select. Schedule an appointment at our Myrtle Beach showroom to see samples of each of the different types of wood cabinets we have available or call now to get a free estimate.