Selecting the Right Type Of Wood For Your Custom Kitchen CabinetsOne could argue that cabinets are among the most integral parts of a kitchen. After all, you need storage space! But cabinets also play a key role in the aesthetics and flow of your kitchen area and choosing the right cabinet materials to fit your needs is one of the first steps to take when remodeling your kitchen. With so many beautiful choices for wood cabinets, where to begin? Whether you want cherry, maple, oak, alder, hickory, birch, walnut or pecan cabinets, here are some key considerations, including natural characteristics of wood cabinets in general, plus unique characteristics of individual woods, to help you find your favorite cabinet wood type.

Wood Types And Their Unique Characteristics

Because your cabinets are a central focal point in your home, it’s important to keep them in top shape and ensure that they can withstand the daily wear and tear they are bound to endure throughout their lifespan. Wood cabinets are appealing because of their distinct and unique character. Some prefer the predictability of engineered materials like thermofoil and laminate but if you want a natural look, nothing compares to the beautiful color variations and grain patterns found in real wood. Choosing the right wood species for your cabinetry largely depends on your personal style preferences and budget.

Oak cabinets: Oak cabinets have distinct grain patterns and range in color from white to pink and reddish tones. Streaks of green, yellow, and even black may appear due to mineral deposits in the wood.
Maple cabinets: Maple cabinets are predominately white to creamy-white in color, with occasional reddish-brown tones within a cabinet door panel. The subtle grain pattern of Maple wood creates a smooth, uniform appearance.
Cherry cabinets: Cherry cabinets are characterized by their red undertones but may vary in color from white to a deep rich brown. Cherry has a smooth, close-grained appearance with a uniform texture and random markings. The even grain allows finishes to be applied with ease.
Hickory cabinets: Hickory cabinets have a naturally contrasting appearance due to the heartwood and sapwood of the Hickory wood. The color may range from blonde or white to reddish-brown and dark brown.
Alder cabinets: Alder cabinets are characterized by light brown and reddish undertones. Alder has a straight and even-textured wood grain with indistinct boundaries between the heartwood and the sapwood.
Birch cabinets: Birch cabinets have a smooth surface texture with a tight wood grain that is strong and heavy. The predominant sapwood color of Birch is white to creamy yellow, while the heartwood varies from medium to dark brown to reddish brown.
Pecan cabinets: Pecan cabinets range from blonde or white to reddish-brown and dark brown. The dramatic wood colors within a piece come courtesy of this wood type’s heartwood and sapwood.
Walnut cabinets: Walnut cabinets feature graceful grain patterns and muted brown hues. The smooth, fine and general straight wood grain has colors that range from deep chocolate to light reddish-gray-brown.

Custom-Made Wood Cabinets In Minnesota

It can be overwhelming to consider all the options of types of cabinets, types of wood, finishes, accessories, and more. The professional team at Danner’s Cabinet Shop has you covered. Let us show you samples and help you narrow your focus down to the materials that are just right for your kitchen and your budget! To learn more about our custom kitchen cabinet options, give us a call today at (763) 753-4002 or email