There are a variety of cabinet and countertop materials that blend well in typical decors. The most common wooden materials used for cabinets include maple, cherry, oak, pine, alder, and birch. At Universal Carpet & Flooring, we’re happy to create a completely unique kitchen for you! The countertop must compliment the fixtures. Basic counter materials range from soapstone to granite finishes. Knowing a bit about the materials available for cabinets and countertops before you make any decisions will help you make the right choice for your home.
Wooden Cabinet Buying Guide
Maple is a straight grain that has occasional wavy patterns. It is a soft wood that can be placed in contemporary and traditional design schemes. Because maple is quite durable, you can easily glaze and stain the surfaces.
If you need elegant cabinets, cherry is an ideal material because it is a smooth wood. Since the surfaces are not grainy, cabinet designers often mixed cherry wood with other woods.
Oak is a coarse wood, so designers used the material to make casual cabinets. Oak is very absorbent because it is a porous wood. If you want cabinets that have noticeable grain patterns, select a dark oak material. Lighter oak materials have less noticeable grain patterns.
A pine cabinet has a continuous straight grain and knots that give the wood a rugged look. If you prefer durable material, purchase a cabinet that is made with southern yellow pine. Although white pine is classy, it is a weaker material.