Wood Kitchen Cabinets
Explore your options for wood kitchen cabinets, from rare high-end woods to custom and semi-custom construction, and begin designing the kitchen you've always wanted.
If you're redesigning your kitchen or installing a brand-new one, you'll have many options when it comes to cabinets, and you'll definitely want to investigate wood kitchen cabinets. Wood is the most commonly used material for kitchen cabinets, a popular choice due to the wide range of styles, qualities and finishes available, as well as the ability to create truly custom designs.
While traditional remains the most popular style in kitchen cabinetry, Shaker has overtaken contemporary as the second most-popular style, according to the NKBA. This style features simple, square-paneled doors that complement nearly any kitchen. Image courtesy of Atlantis Kitchens
The Natural Look
The glazed cabinet treatment is phasing out with the rise of textured looks: wood grain peeking through brushed finishes. Designed by Andreas Charalambous, this kitchen's simple, custom-made sycamore upper cabinets are balanced by the sheen of the stainless steel base cabinets. Photograph by Geoffrey Hogdon
Kitchens are increasingly being designed as an extension of other living spaces, and kitchen cabinetry is resembling furniture found throughout the rest of the home. A tall, armoire-like cabinet with glass doors is a beautiful and functional focal point for this kitchen. Design by Gail Drury
If you've settled on wood kitchen cabinets, your next choice will be to determine which species of wood to use. Maple is extremely popular due to its intricate, attractive grain; it's a tough wood that is resistant to scratching or cracking. Cherry has a rich tone and will darken over time with exposure to light, and it's also softer than maple, making it easier to create custom designs from cherry. Oak is a popular choice as it's abundant and inexpensive; it has a unique grain and strong composition. Lastly, birch rates highly as a choice for kitchen cabinets because of its smooth texture and its ability to hold stain.
Once you've settled on the wood you'd like to use for your cabinets, your next choice will be whether you want stock, semi-stock or custom wood cabinets. Stock cabinets can be purchased fully pre-fabricated and are the least expensive option. Semi-stock cabinets have a basic design that can be slightly customized by the homeowner or customized by the retailer and then installed—these are slightly more expensive and take longer to produce. Finally, custom cabinets are the most expensive option, but they offer total freedom in terms of design choices.
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