A sturdy and durable hardwood, maple is treasured for its unusually fine texture and smooth, uniform grain.Usually with a straight, tight texture, occasionally visible wave flow and bird’s eye pattern. Maple’s soft texture pattern makes it easy to adapt to both traditional and modern designs, making it easy to understand why maple is the preferred wood choice for cabinets. This wood is extremely durable and easy to handle, making it a great choice for cabinets.Maple takes a stain well, and is available in a variety of colors that highlight the wood beneath. Maple has the strength necessary for frequent use and is especially prized by people who want to design a modern kitchen while retaining the warmth of natural wood.
Cherry wood is a strong, finely grained, shiny brown or red wood that gives a strong sheen.One of the most highly sought after amenities in elegant kitchens, cherry cabinets look beautiful in both traditional and modern settings. Cherry is not technically a hardwood, but it is strong, durable and longwearing. Its most notable characteristic is the naturally rich, dark color that lends luxury to any room. Cherry varies from deep yellow to pale red in its natural state and takes most stains well, though it looks its best in deep mahogany or walnut shades. Cherry cabinets are equally stunning in high-gloss lacquer or matte finishes, and naturally darken as they age, eventually achieving a patina of uncommon depth. Cherry is one of the more expensive cabinet woods, but it seldom chips or dents and will last a lifetime with routine care.Cherry wood can be used for carving, but also suitable for making cabinets. Cherry has a straight, regular texture, and a deep red growth pattern.
Prized for its uncommon strength and distinctive appearance, oak is both durable and affordable. The porous surface takes a stain well, and the distinctive flame-like pattern of the grain is instantly recognizable. Oak lends a warm and welcoming atmosphere to both urban and country kitchens. When treated with darker stains the grain becomes more noticeable, appearing deep brown or black, and the cabinets have an old-fashioned feel that works well in traditional or rustic settings. Lighter honey stains complement contemporary looks. Lightweight, attractive and easy to clean, oak is sturdy enough to take the abuse of everyday use and resists dings, dents and cracks, making it an attractive and inexpensive hardwood option.Among the most common cabinetry woods, oak’s durability and finishing characteristics make it a sound choice.
Beech is a hard, strong, heavy wood with tiny pores and large conspicuous medullary rays, similar in appearance to maple. This relatively inexpensive wood has reddish brown heartwood and light sapwood.