Which Wood: Selecting Bathroom and Kitchen Cabinets

February 7, 2012

How do you decide what type of wood to use for your bathroom and kitchen cabinets? In addition to style and color, there are pros and cons to each type of wood you choose for your remodeling project.

  • Alder is known for accepting stains easily, so it can be colored any shade. The natural color of this wood can look a lot like cherry, but is generally a more cost-effective option for those on a tight budget. One thing to keep in mind about Alder wood is it’s not as dense as other options, meaning it can be dented or damaged easily in homes with young children, careless teens or rambunctious pets.
  • Bamboo is known for being strong, dense and hard, in addition to a sustainable option. It also has a very unique style, which means it can provide more style options than other cabinet materials. Bamboo cabinets tend to have medium-high to high price points, depending on your design specifications.
  • Cherry (pictured above as part of our current Saratoga remodeling project) has a very smooth, uniform grain that can be stained in a variety of different shades. Although it tends to be a more expensive option, cherry bathroom and kitchen cabinets are extremely durable and fit in nicely with a wide variety of styles.
  • Maple is a smooth, fine grain that works well with almost any finish and blends in with a wide variety of designs. Sturdy, dense and durable, maple is a cost-effective option for remodeling projects with a strict budget.
  • Mahogany has started to make a comeback recently, as it is so durable and very attractive. This wood has a higher price point than most other options. Its intricate grain produces very attractive designs that are perfect for a more formal kitchen.

Which type of wood is best for your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project? Contact us so our design-build team can give you a few suggestions that fit within your needs!

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