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Key Features of Different Types of Wood for Kitchen Cabinets

Whether you are installing brand new custom cabinets or having your existing cabinets refaced, you have to make one important choice—choosing a wood for the cabinets. So, how do you make this choice when there are so many woods to choose from? Learning about each type of wood will help make the choice a little easier. Here are some key features of several popular types of wood.

  • Oak – Oak has more noticeable variations in color, especially when you use a lighter finish. The grain has noticeable straight lines, arches, and points. You can easily get a rustic finish with this type of wood. Oak is also one of the harder woods.
  • Maple – Maple is the hardest popular wood. The grain is very fine and smooth, and the color is quite uniform, so don’t expect noticeable variations. If you choose to stain maple cabinets, expect darkened mineral streaks.
  • Alder – Alder is a softer wood with colors ranging from light red to a brownish-red color. The grain is quite straight with an even texture. Since it is a softer wood, these kinds of cabinets can dent easily, compared to other woods.
  • Cherry – Cherry is another softer wood with a smooth and even grain. This is a rich-colored wood that will darken with age, so keep the future in mind when it comes to your kitchen cabinets.

The best way to choose cabinets is by learning about each wood. So, before you make a final decision, educate yourself on the types of wood you like the most. You can also contact us here at Pacific Kitchens to learn more about the various types of wood available.

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