Understanding Different Cabinet Materials

Learn about the differences between cabinet materials.

Learn about the differences between cabinet materials.

Cabinets have a significant effect on the overall tone and style of your kitchen, so it’s essential to know about the various materials and choose the right one for your home. Learning all about the qualities of hardwood and other cabinet materials will help you understand what makes a quality kitchen cabinet. Continue reading to learn about a few types of cabinet materials.


There are a few options of hardwood cabinets, so it’s important to research all of the types to learn about the similarities and differences. Cherry, for example, has a smooth grain, and the color of cherry varies from light pink to a dark, red-toned brown. It’s important to note that cherry wood will darken or mellow with age, but the cabinets work well with traditional and eclectic style kitchens.

Maple has a smooth texture with tight grain patterns. Maple cabinets are generally creamy white, but they can vary from bright white to reddish brown. The wood may amber over time.

Birch is a medium-density hardwood with a durable surface, and it accepts finishes very well. The wood has a distinct grain pattern that ranges from straight to curly and has a fine texture.

Lastly, oak cabinets often range from light tan to medium dark red and brown. Oak has a varied, open grain pattern, and can contain small mineral streaks.


Plywood has a reputation for being rigid and stable. The material is made by layering wood at alternating right angles and binding them together with glue and heat. Plywood is best for cabinet sides, backs, shelves, and at the bottom of drawers, as it is resilient against dings and dents.

Wood Veneer

Wood veneer is a thin layer of solid hardwood that is peeled from a log. It is typically less than two mm thick and is glued and pressed to particleboard or MDF to produce flat panels. Wood veneer is stable and lightweight, so it is great for large cabinet sides and flat center panels.

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