When redesigning your kitchen, there are so many elements to take into consideration. How will it be laid out? Where will your appliances go? What style or aesthetic are you aiming for? Wood is one of the most popular materials that our customers opt for because it can fit a range of designs while offering a cost-effective and hard-wearing solution that can be custom-made to any measurements. But, it isn’t as easy as deciding that you want your cabinets to be made from wood – have you considered which type of wood you will use? In this blog, we will run through the different types of wood that can be used for kitchen cabinets to help you to decide which is best.
Oak is a very popular choice for wooden kitchen cabinets because it is very strong and durable and comes with a budget-friendly price tag when compared to other types of wood. It is available in a range of styles and there are even sub-categories of different types of oak, such as white or red oak. White oak is slightly denser but many of its features are the same. Your choice between these two will probably depend on your design ideas. For more golden tones, opt for white oak. For pronounced grains and darker colours, red oak may be more suitable. Oak isn’t ideal for smooth finishes because its grain patterns are difficult to hide.
If you are looking for finer grains, you may be better off choosing maple wood over oak for your kitchen cabinets. It is lighter in colour which can give any kitchen an airy, contemporary feel. It can also be stained for a finish of your choice. However, it is a more expensive option than oak and is slightly less dense.
For a more budget-friendly option that holds many of the same benefits as the higher-end maple, choose birch wood. It is slightly darker than maple but it can easily be stained to achieve a similar look with its fine grains. It is highly durable and an inexpensive choice for custom kitchen cabinetry.
This is the only softwood featured on this list because it is the only softwood that is commonly used for cabinetry. This is because softwood dents more easily, making it prone to damage from wear and tear in the everyday kitchen, but pine is a good choice because of its frequent knots and rustic appearance. It is very low in cost and can be painted.
Deciding which wood is best for kitchen cabinets ultimately depends on your preferences, budget and needs. There are many options to choose from and each holds its own charm. Still stuck? Get in contact with Inovative Interiors today by calling 0418 460 340 and our friendly team will be happy to explain what wooden cabinetry we have on offer. Our professionals can give you expert advice on what would work best for your requirements.