Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Get great info on oak kitchen cabinets, and learn why this classic, sturdy wood could be the right choice for your kitchen design.

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

A angle shot of oak wood kitchen cabinets in a small kitchen.

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By: Sean McEvoy

Oak kitchen cabinets are a popular choice for lots of good reasons—they're durable and affordable, oak is a widely available wood, and oak cabinets can be found in a wide variety of cabinet styles.

Cheap Versus Steep: Kitchen Cabinetry

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Cheap: Refreshed Painted Cabinetry

If your current cabinets are in good shape but could use an aesthetic update, try brushing on a coat of paint to revive your cabinetry and give it a fresh new look. Design by Judith Balis

Photo By: Designer, Judith Balis

Cheap: Simple Stained Cabinets

While cabinetry with ornate embellishments and fancy storage features can be costly, basic flat-front cabinets will give your kitchen a clean and simple look at a reasonable price. Design by Jennifer Nilsen

Mid-Range: Shaker-Style Cabinets

Upgrade from plain, flat-front cabinetry to Shaker-style cabinets, which will give your kitchen a clean, classic look without breaking the bank. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, Shaker is one of the most popular styles in cabinetry in 2011, second only to traditional. Image courtesy of Atlantis Kitchens

Mid-Range: Special Storage Features

While specialty storage options were once only offered by custom cabinetmakers, these features are now available in mid-priced fixtures as well. Pullout spice racks, utensil drawers and built-in cutting boards are all available at a reasonable cost. Image courtesy of Merillat

Steep: Custom Cabinetry

Homeowners willing to spend significantly more on their kitchen’s cabinetry may opt for custom cabinets, which are built to exact specifications and can come in a wide range of materials, designs, finishes and accessories. Image courtesy of Plain & Fancy

Steep: Sleek Modern Cabinets

An option for larger budgets, sleek cabinetry with a high-gloss finish provides the perfect backdrop for modern or contemporary kitchens.

Oak is a very hard and tough wood, and its coarse, dense grain makes it highly resistant to damage. Natural variations in the grain also mean that oak kitchen cabinets feature a wide variety of grain styles. Ask about these when you're browsing cabinets, and the salesperson should be able to show you the slight but distinct variations that occur naturally or are caused by different sawing techniques.

If you're considering oak kitchen cabinets, one thing you'll need to sign off on initially is the color. Oak has a distinct, pale gold color, which is somewhat difficult to match in its unfinished state. For this reason, many homeowners who choose oak have a plan for staining or painting in place.

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