What Cabinet Material is Right for You?

There are many options on the market for cabinet materials. Read on to learn more about the options available so you can make an educated choice on the kind of cabinets you purchase. Depending on your needs and budget, there are options to suit every design and style preference.


Hardwoods always provide solid and durable construction for cabinetry. They feature unique designs in the grain to give the space a natural and unique look in every home. Red oak, white oak, cherry, walnut, ash, and hickory are all good choices in hardwoods. Many of these woods feature beautiful coloring, and a natural finish goes well in most kitchens. They can also be stained darker to match the other colors in a kitchen. Pine is the only softer species of wood that is used in the cabinetry business, and the knots in the wood highlight rustic décor very nicely. Look for pine constructions in cabins and other natural kitchen spaces.

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Wood veneers feature a thin piece of wood, which provides the quality, grain appearance, and coloring you would expect from a solid wood piece over a modified and durable core. Almost every hardwood you can imagine is available as a wood veneer; almost indistinguishable from hardwood when properly crafted.


Laminate is built to last and the high-pressure versions are the most durable on the market. They typically are created from a wood fiber layer, a color and design layer, and a protective coating. Available in a variety of colors and designs, including those that mimic wood, the choice is solid for more modern home designs. It should be noted that laminates are typically heavier than hardwood cabinets. Thermofoil is also available in a variety of finishes and colors. The construction is based on vinyl that is heat sealed over a wooden fiberboard. It is also a very durable material.


Acrylic cabinetry refers to a strong and durable acrylic top coat featuring a variety of colors on top of a durable base. While this material is subject to some minor scratching, most can be buffed out with a soft cloth.

Depending on your needs, styles, durability, and availability, there is a range of materials to choose from for your kitchen cabinetry. Hardwoods and veneers will be the highest priced materials, while laminates encompass the midrange. Thermofoil and other materials tend to be less expensive, while still a long lasting material choice. Ultimately, you’ll want to find a provider you trust to help you make further decisions regarding your cabinet design and options.