Kitchen Cabinet Wood Types Kitchen cabinets can be made from dozens of woods including Oak, Maple, Pine, Cherry, Hickory, Poplar, Alder and Birch. Hickory and Oak are the hardest and the heaviest. Cherry, Birch and Maple are considered to be well suited to cabinetry. Less expensive and more plentiful woods such as Alder and Poplar work best with glazed finishes used in creating an 'antique' look. Pine is a soft wood that can be more prone to dents and scratches.
Kitchen islands offer the opportunity for kitchen cabinets that can be accessed from all sides. To best utilize the generous amount of storage space, put the cabinets for holding cooking supplies on the side facing the stove and sink. The cabinets facing the other rooms can be used to hold a dry bar or glasses and serving dishes used for more casual entertaining.
Cabinets are an integral part of the kitchen. Just as, the sofa or the TV is an integral part of the living room, the kitchen just can't function without cabinets. Therefore, the design of the cabinets should also match with the grander scheme of the entire kitchen design. Many of the kitchen cabinet designs are traditional in their look while others are more contemporary. Choosing the right designs for your kitchen space requires evaluating your space, your requirements and then finally your aesthetic quotient.
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