Choosing The Right Wood For Your New Kid-less Kitchen Cabinets

Comment by The AQK Team on April 26, 2017

Choosing The Right Wood For Your New Kid-less Kitchen Cabinets

All the kids have shipped off to college and you’re ready to remodel the kitchen from a kid-friendly zone to an adults only area. You’ve been planning this for a while, 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 the wood species for your new kitchen cabinets 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 incredibly popular for kitchen cabinets.

In fact, 65% of all combined cabinetry sales are maple. Wow, that’s more than half!

If you go with maple cabinets, you’ll get  a beautiful, light colored, creamy wood with a slight red undertone. This wood has 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

Cherry cabinets also have a warm, red undertone, but come in a wide variety of colors. They can range from white to a deep rich brown. Cherry’s smooth, close-grained appearance, cherry cabinets take finishes well.

Typically used in elegant, traditional French or English décor, cherry is a beautiful choice for a classy kitchen, like the empty-nester paradise you want to create. Keep in mind that cherry naturally darkens as it ages, and takes on a more red-brown hue. Cherry is a very popular wood for more elegant, enduring styles.

Oak Cabinets

Oak is another very popular wood for cabinets. In fact, if you have an older house, you probably already have oak cabinets. In the 1980s and 1990s, oak had a big renaissance. So that means houses that are 20 or 30 years old probably have oak in the kitchen.


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. But you might want a more elegant wood for your new kidless house!

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. If you’re going for a more rustic, authetic looking wood cabinet, then some types of Alder could look great.


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. You probably don’t need this anymore, but birch also looks great in modern and contemporary kitchens.

Birch wood is a light white to creamy yellow, though some types can be a darker red-brown.

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. It is a very soft wood, but now that you don’t have kids banging around and slamming cabinet doors, pine is a great choice. Also, 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 give us a call today!

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