Choosing the best hardwood for your kitchen cabinets

BY: thayne
POSTED January 9, 2018 IN

Owning kitchen cabinets Cleveland hewn out of a hardwood is often viewed as a sign of prestige. However, the wood wraps easily on exposure to moisture, which is why it is very important to make sure the cabinet is well finished before it comes into your home.

Due to the high costs of these hardwoods, sometimes they can be applied as a veneer over a substrate, such as plywood. The end product is just as pleasant. We shall take you through the different types of hardwoods:


The oak tree produces two types of wood: white and the red. Both good in cabinetry, but white oak is the more prestigious, and so it is an expensive option. It is stronger and has an appealing golden tone that comes with a quite delicate grain. The oak is used for custom cabinets, especially because it can be integrated into arts and design.

Although it is not as strong as the white oak, red oak is durable and less expensive. It can be used to finish quite a number of styles and designs. It comes with a pronounced grain pattern, which is used to make traditional cabinets.


Birch is a slightly dark hardwood. When well stained, it can pull out quite a maple look. The advantage of using it this way is that it is less expensive, durable and easily available. Birch appears as a fine grain.


Maple is mostly used to make custom and semi-custom cabinets. It is fine-grained, light colored, less dense than other hardwoods, easy to stain and can be dressed to bring out a light and contemporary look. For this reason, it is less expensive.


Cherry may not be one of the strongest hardwoods, but it is strong enough to sustain knocks and disfigurement. It appears as a smooth, red wood with a fine grain. Therefore, it can be used diversely, but most commonly pulls out a stunning look.


Ash is another common material. It is darker than oak but still has a light color. However, it is very rare and usually only used for custom cabinets Cleveland.

When it comes to your kitchen design, if you need help choosing the hardwood finish for your cabinets or want to order your products from a reliable supplier, get in touch with us at Kitchen Cabinet Outlet Cleveland.

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