Wood Types

Your different options for wood types

Wood Types

Wood types for custom cabinets

Please note:  This guide showcases only our most popular wood types.  If you are interested in a wood type that is not featured here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The first decision to make when purchasing custom cabinets is the type of wood that your new cabinets will be built from.  The wood type will have an impact on the overall feel of the design of the space. Also, the type of wood selected will impact the price of your cabinets, as some wood types are more expensive than others.

Oak is the most commonly used type of wood for custom cabinets.  It is a durable and long lasting wood type, and looks great with a wide range of stains. It also takes to staining better than some of the other wood types, making it a desirable choice for many homeowners and contractors.  Oak can either be Red or White.

Maple is an upgrade for Oak. It is a lighter wood, and is ideal for spaces that aspire to appear more bright.  Maple is usually straight grained and has a fine grain, and holds stain very well.

Maple can also be painted, but keep in mind that painted cabinetry is usually a little more costly than stained cabinetry.

Cherry is also an upgrade. Stains must be chosen carefully with this wood type, as it has a very dark and rich natural appearance.  Cherry is a popular choice for built in furniture such as benches and bookcases, and is often chosen for the home office or study.  Recent trends have shown Cherry to be growing in popularity in kitchens and bathrooms.

Alder, and Knotty Alder are popular choices for those wishing to create a warm atmosphere in their space and as well as a rustic feel.  These wood types accept darker stains well, and have a smooth grain that is excellent for nearly every door style.

Hickory or Birch are popular luxury cabinet choices. Hickory is very grainy and has a lot of color variation. It can have a rustic feel, and has a natural finish. Birch has a very fine swirly grain and is very even in tone, but tends to look better with either dark or natural stains.

Walnut, Ash, Mahogany, and are among the priciest wood choices for cabinets. Most mahogany comes from rain forests on the west coast of Africa. Walnut can be North or South American or European.


The type of wood that your cabinets are made of is the foundation for the look of your project.  Have a look at some of your options on our wood types page.


Choosing the door style for your project will depend on your personal tastes and preferences.  Use our door style chart to choose the style that best fits your tastes.


Choosing the hardware for your cabinets is like choosing jewelry to complete a look. Learn about your different hardware options on our hardware page.