Want New Kitchen Cabinets? Comparing 4 Different Types Of Wood Used

24 November 2015
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If you are considering new kitchen cabinets, you will notice there are many different types of wood they are made from. This can make it very difficult to choose, especially if you do not know much about wood. Below is a comparison of four types of wood cabinets help you make the best choice for your kitchen.


Hickory wood is a dense, heavy, and one of the hardest hard woods. This means if you choose these cabinets for your kitchen they will last you a very long time. Hickory wood varies from light to dark. No matter which color you chose, it has a strong grain texture.  The grain pattern is wavy and has different color variations that range from white to a reddish brown. You can seal hickory cabinets with a clear sealant, which locks out moisture.

These cabinets go well with a rustic or country kitchen, but can also work well in a more modern kitchen.


Maple wood is a hard wood that has a straight grain with a strong fine texture, which makes it durable and heavy. These cabinets are generally a creamy white color, with reddish brown tones sometimes seen. You can also sometimes find maple that contains yellow, brown, and pink tones.

Maple wood has grain markings that include a curly or wavy graining, fine brown lines, and small black dots. If stained, the grains will appear darker.

Maple cabinets look nice in contemporary kitchen, and also look nice in country kitchens.


Cherry is a hardwood that ranges from blonde to deep brown in color, and it darkens naturally as it ages. The wood also has hues from golden yellow to a deep brownish red. The grain patterns in cherry wood are sometimes unpredictable with unusual streaks and curls. You may sometimes see random patterns or pine knots.

Cherry cabinets are elegant looking, which makes them perfect for modern kitchens. Depending on the color, they can also work well in more contemporary or country kitchens.


Oak kitchen cabinets are hardwood and heavy, and have a dense grain that makes these cabinets resistant to scratches, dents, and mold and mildew, which makes them the perfect cabinets for a busy kitchen. The grain patterns in oak are very distinct and appear broad, very fine, wavy, or striped. When stained, different color grades can be achieved. You can put oak cabinets in just about any type of kitchen, as they can be easily painted any color that you like.

After learning this information, you should now visit a home improvement store to see firsthand the different types of wood cabinets. 

To learn more, contact a company like Rynone Kitchen & Baths