What's not to love about wood kitchen cabinets? Wood lends a warm contrast to metal, stone, tile, and painted kitchen surfaces. This classic material is also durable, which means it is easier to upgrade than other kitchen cabinet materials. Simply refinish or change out the doors for a completely new look.
If wood kitchen cabinets are on your wish list, consider the following:
Wood kitchen cabinets are easy to clean, durable, and available in an array of finishes and styles. They are the cabinets of choice for many kitchens, making options readily available for order or in-stock purchase. If you are working with existing cabinetry, wood cabinets make matching easy for a custom cabinetmaker. Custom-wood cabinetry is also a good choice when you have an unusual design issue to work around. Even stock cabinetry has mix-and-match options, finishes, and features to suit many kitchen design styles, and they're less expensive than custom options.
Besides expense, installing semicustom or custom wood kitchen cabinets can also involve a wait time. Some cabinetmakers can take up to three months to complete a cabinet project for a standard-size kitchen.
Editor's Tip: Construction is as important as materials. If you want to invest in high-quality wood kitchen cabinets, look for details like dovetail or mortise-and-tenon joinery and solidly mortised hinges. The interior of your cabinets should also be finished with adjustable shelves that are at least 5/8-inch thick to prevent bowing.
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