How Wood You Like Your Cabinets?

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Most cabinets are manufactured from natural hardwoods.

Following are the most popular hardwoods used in cabinets. Much more information on American Hardwoods is available at the American Hardwood Information Center.


One of the softer woods, characterized by natural imperfections such as knots and burls. The wood is fairly straight-grained with a uniform texture.


Similar in strength and durability to oak, but tends to be lighter in color. This wood is a member of the olive family. Generally straight grained with a uniform, course texture.


Cherry colors range from a rich red to a reddish brown and will often darken with age and exposure to light. The wood has a fine, uniform, straight grain with a satiny-smooth texture.

Hard Maple

Primarily white to cream in color. Most maple has a close, fine grain, but it can also contain interesting patterns and formations. The wood is hard and heavy, very strong, and resistant to scratches and abrasions.


Hickory is the hardest, heaviest and strongest of all American hardwoods. Colors range from pale to reddish brown with a fine grain and course texture.

Red Oak

Similar in appearance to White Oak, the wood is mostly straight-grained with a course texture.

White Oak

A bit more durable and stronger than Red Oak. Mostly straight-grained with medium to course texture. Generally only available as a custom option.

Oak cabinets have very distinctive grain patterns with colors ranging from white into reddish tones. The wood may also contain streaks of green, yellow and black caused by mineral deposits in the wood.


There are other types of wood cabinets and an almost unlimited variety of colors and finishes to consider as you plan your remodel project.

The remodel experts at Midway Services can provide a no-cost in-home consultation to present all your options and help you decide what is best for your family situation. Contact us today to learn more!



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