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Cabinet Wood types. Which option is the best for your home or ADU?

Choosing the right cabinet design for your ADU. Cabinets will be one of the largest design decisions for your home and you can be easily overwhelmed by the different options available. Before you decide on the type of wood, please consider the design style you are aiming for. Is it a traditional home, European, or contemporary style that would like to have? Once you have your style then you can choose the type of wood. Below is a list of wood types once you have a design style in mind.

The different types of wood cabinets are here.

1. Solid Wood.

A. There are lots of solid wood options such as alder, cherry, hickory, maple, walnut, white oak, red oak, popular and more. Solid wood cabinets will cost more than your plywood shaker cabinets. They are rich in feel and provide a nice luxury design. These are hard to maintain and are susceptible to fading and are high maintenance.

2. Wood Veneers

A. A wood veneer is a thin strip of solid wood attached to an MDF particle board. It will look like solid wood on the outside but isn’t on the inside. This is more economical, more resistant to warping, and easy to maintain.

3. Plywood

A. Plywood option will be the most recommended option as it is very affordable with great looks. They are made of up different layers of plywood and the cabinets will be very strong. They are also a bit more water resistant, but these cabinets can splinter easily.

4. Hi Density Fiber HDF

A. This is also called a hardboard and is less expensive. It does not hold screws well but is good in humid and dry environments. It takes paint well and is susceptible to water damage.

5. Medium Density Fiberboard

A. This lightweight cabinet is very low cost. Great to paint on and can be customized to any design you like. This cannot hold screws in well, is sensitive to heat, and warps when wet.

7. Laminate & Melamine

A. Basically, these are wood designs glued onto particle boards with high pressure. These are cheap to produce and extremely cost-effective.

It is very hard to tell which material is used for these cabinets by simply looking at them. You would need to feel the material firsthand to determine its quality. I hope this article will help guide you through your cabinet journey. Good luck.

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