Choosing the Right Wood for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets take a lot of abuse through the years. They’re subjected to food splatters and humidity. They are constantly being opened and closed—and not always gently.

Choosing the Right Wood for Your Kitchen Cabinets

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If your cabinets are looking a little weary lately, you can give your kitchen a fresh new look by replacing the cabinets. You may be able to prop up your old cabinets with some new hardware or simply a new coat of paint, but sometimes there’s no good option but replacement.

Once you have decided to replace your kitchen cabinets, you will want to decide on the right choice of wood. There are many options, so prepare for a potentially tough choice. And remember that you can’t just randomly choose a wood color that appeals to your eye; you need to make sure that it coordinates with the rest of your kitchen.

In choosing the proper wood for your kitchen cabinets, you need to consider three factors: grain, color, and wood type.

The grain is the signature pattern of the wood. It shows the texture and natural design of the wood. It could be fine, straight, spiral, wavy or arched. Your choice of wood grain will add beauty to your cabinets.

Each type of wood has its unique shade. Applying a stain, glaze or other finish could further enhance the natural color of the wood.

Generally, wood may be classified as either hardwood or softwood. Hardwood is often considered to be the best decision for cabinets because it is tough and durable and can weather the trauma of frequent use.

Another major factor to consider is the price. Different types of wood cost different amounts and the wood grade factors in, too. If you are looking for designer wood instead of standard discount wood, be prepared to spend significantly more.

Your budget and personal preferences will help you make a final decision. New cabinetry isn’t cheap, but it can breathe vibrant new life into your kitchen.