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Considering new kitchen cabinets? Oak might be the way to go.

by Aretha Grant

Oak cabinetry is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets. Oak is known for durability, affordability and rustic charm. For some, that rustic charm is oak's downfall: the prominent, dark grain and wide range of colorations confound those who want a uniform look for their kitchen cabinets. Oak does provide a classic warmth and familiarity, however. So, oak is a great choice for those seeking a traditional, kitchen cabinet built to last.

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Kitchen cabinets: oak vs. other woods

To determine whether oak cabinets are right for your kitchen, it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of oak against other popular woods.

  • Durability. Consider how rough your family is on the kitchen cabinets. Oak is a hardwood, which means that it is more resilient to scuffs and dings than cedar or pine, both of which are popular softwoods

  • Affordability. Oak is less expensive than maple or cherry, both of which are hardwoods; oak is more expensive than pine, a popular softwood

  • Staining:.If you plan to stain your kitchen cabinets, oak is good choice. Among the types of three common types of cabinetry oak--white, red and black--white oak takes stain well, as do woods like pine and poplar

Once you decide whether or not oak is the right wood for your new kitchen cabinets, you are set to make some other important choices besides wood type. Oak cabinetry comes in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. Manufacturers that offer oak cabinetry include Thomasville Cabinets, Adelphi Cabinets, American Woodmark Cabinets and more.

 


 

 

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