How to Choose the Right Wood Type for Your Cabinets

Comment by The AQK Team on October 12, 2016

How to Choose the Right Wood Type for Your Cabinets

So you already know what color and design you want for you cabinets. You’ve picked out the hardware and you think you’re ready to go.

But wait! You still need to pick out the wood species!!

Picking your wood species is a big decision. It can affect the look and feel of your kitchen not only now, but many years down the road. Cabinets are a big investment and are an important addition to your home, so make sure you make a careful decision now! Check out our cheat-sheet to the different types of woods you can choose from.

Maple Cabinets

Right now, maple is hot, hot, HOT!

In fact, 65% of all combined cabinetry sales are maple.


Maple cabinets are a beautiful, light colored, creamy wood with a slight red undertone. They have a subtle grain that lends the wood a smooth appearance. It works well with lots of different styles and finishes, so it’s very versatile.

Cherry Cabinets

Like maple, cherry cabinets have a warm, red undertone, but can range from white to a deep rich brown. Because of its smooth, close-grained appearance, cherry cabinets take finishes well and will be smooth and beautiful.


Typically used in elegant, traditional French or English décor, cherry is a beautiful choice for a classy kitchen. Keep in mind that cherry naturally darkens as it ages, and takes on a more red-brown hue.

Oak Cabinets

Oak is another very popular wood for cabinets. In fact, if you have an older house, you probably already have oak cabinets.


Oak has a distinct grain pattern that can be tough to paint over later. The natural color ranges from white to reddish. Many think oak is passé now, but it still looks amazing in homey, country style kitchens. And it is a very durable option, so it’s great for families.

Alder Cabinets

Alder wood is light brown with red undertones and a very even grain texture. There is a big difference between different types of Alder, and it can range from very rustic looking to quite smooth. Alder is also a soft wood, so it finishes and stains well.


Birch Cabinets

Birch cabinets are a smooth wood with a tight wood grain. Birch is a strong and heavy wood that will be very durable, so it would do well in a home with a big family, or lots of wear and tear.


Birch wood is a light white to creamy yellow, though some types can be a darker red-brown. It stains well and looks great in a contemporary kitchen.

Pine Cabinets

Pine is a more yellow-toned wood. It’s a great choice for modern rustic tastes because it takes distressing and antiquing beautifully. However, it is soft so it’s not great if you’re tough on your cabinets. In other words, if you prefer to order in take-out, but want a gorgeous rustic kitchen, pine is the wood for you.


This is just a quick overview of different types of woods that you could possible use for your cabinets. We have so many options of species, color and style, that we’re sure to find you an option that suits your home perfectly! If you have more in-depth questions, then be sure to contact us today for a free consultation at 508-823-3630 or email us at!call today!

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