Kitchen Cabinet Materials

Get the info you need on kitchen cabinet materials, and explore your options for pre-fabricated or custom kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Materials

Kitchen Cabinet Materials

A tool bag full of tools to work on the cabinets in the background of the kitchen.

Photo by: Bryan Faust

Bryan Faust

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're contemplating a kitchen makeover or installing a new kitchen, one of your first tasks will be to explore the full range of kitchen cabinet materials available. There's a surprising diversity of materials on the market, from budget to high-end, and you should have no problem finding the right material for your kitchen with a little research.

Kitchen Cabinet Options for Storage and Display

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Retro Kitchen Cabinets

Retro-style kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Colors and Finishes

Red kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Ingvald kaldhussA|ter

Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Blue painted kitchen cabinets

Repainting Kitchen Cabinets Blue

Light blue kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux

Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Glass-front kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Options

Old-world kitchen cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary kitchen cabinets

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets

Yellow kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Dmitry Pistrov

Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinets

Stainless steel kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Red Kitchen Cabinets

Red kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Top Photo Group

Green Kitchen Cabinets

Green kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Rob Vomund

Orange and Gray Eclectic Kitchen

Orange and white kitchen cabinets

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Country Style Kitchen with Recycled Cabinets

Cabinets made from recycled materials

Photo By: Brian Brown

Kitchen Cabinet Designers

White kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux/Getty Images

French Country Cabinets in Kitchen

French country kitchen cabinets

Dark Wood Kitchen Cabinets With Patterned Backsplash

Restained kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux

Cherry Kitchen Cabinets

Cherry kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Design Ideas

Ornate kitchen cabinets

From: Cheri Wentworth

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Wide painted kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Refaced kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Pantry Ideas

Traditional pantry-style kitchen cabinet options

Two Toned Kitchen Cabinets

Two-tone kitchen cabinet design

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom wooden kitchen cabinets

Semi Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Traditional white kitchen cabinets

Tall Kitchen Cabinets

Tall modern kitchen cabinets

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Contemporary Kitchen With Bamboo Cabinetry

Bamboo cabinets

Photo By: unknown

Craftsman Style Cabinets

Craftsman-style cabinets

Photo By: vladimir kondrachov

Cottage Style Cabinets

Cottage-style cabinets

Photo By: Harry Hu

Midcentury Modern Cabinets

Midcentury modern cabinets

From: Kristi Nelson

Contemporary Kitchen With Khaki Colored Backsplash

French-Country Character

Elegant white kitchen cabinets

From: Drury Design

Kitchen Classic Cabinets

Traditional cabinets in an octagonal kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

Kitchen Wall Cabinets

White kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances

Modern Gray Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets

Modern kitchen cabinet doors

Photo By: Photo_HamsterMan

Modern White Kitchen Cabinets

Modern kitchen cabinets

Photo By: (C)2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY

Replacement Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets with central island

Open Kitchen Cabinets

Open kitchen cabinet design

Photo By: Olga Koronevska

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets for an outdoor kitchen

Photo By: Mike G

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Oak kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Jupiterimages

Mission Style Kitchen Cabinets

Mission-style kitchen cabinets

Photo By: hikesterson

Contemporary Kitchen with Stock Cabinets

Shaker-style kitchen cabinets

From: Drury Design

Photo By: Drury Design

New Kitchen Cabinets

Modern maple cabinets

Distressed Kitchen Cabinets

Distressed kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Gordon Swanson

Contemporary Kitchen Frosted Glass Cabinets

Frosted glass kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux/Getty Images

Pine Kitchen Cabinets

Pine kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Brian Brown

Rustic Kitchen Cabinets

Rustic kitchen cabinets

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

White Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

White Shaker-style kitchen cabinets

Brown Kitchen with Unfinished Cabinets

Unfinished wooden cabinet options

Photo By: Garret Bautista

New Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Wooden cabinets with granite countertops

Photo By: unknown

Transitional Kitchen With Classic Wood Cabinets

Ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux

Old Kitchen Cabinets

Classic wooden cabinets

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux/Getty Images

White Modern Kitchen with Small Cabinets

Cabinets for small kitchens

Photo By: Michael Higginson

White Kitchen Cabinets

Transitional white kitchen cabinets

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Wooden kitchen cabinet options

Photo By: Vstock LLC

Pantry Storage

Pantry storage ideas

Corner Kitchen Cabinets

Corner kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Sonya Etchison

Kitchen Cabinet Door Handles and Knobs

Rustic kitchen cabinets

Photo By: Jupiterimages

By far the most common cabinet material is wood, and there are several species that top the list of cabinet woods: red oak, white oak, hickory, cherry, hard maple, birch, ash and pine. Each species offers advantages and disadvantages, from durability to appearance to cost. Two key features to consider when deciding on a wood type are grain and color—some woods have significant grain variation, while others are primarily uniform. In terms of color, most woods can be stained to modify color, but some are more stain-friendly than others. As you explore different species, make sure to investigate whether your choice can ultimately reflect the precise appearance you're looking for in terms of grain and color. Expect to pay $80 - $150 per linear foot for wood cabinets.

Not all cabinets are made of wood—laminate and Thermofoil are two materials commonly used for cabinets. High-pressure-treated laminate cabinets are extremely durable but may be heavier than wood, while their low-pressure-treated cousins are lighter but less impact-resistant. Thermofoil is a good choice if you're looking to replicate the look of wood—it's a vinyl film applied to a substrate (generally particleboard or plywood) that can mimic wood detailing more closely than laminate. Laminate and Thermofoil cabinetry will run you around $50 - $75 per linear foot.

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