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These Are the Best Materials for Your Kitchen




Having a gorgeous kitchen is a dream for some and a reality for others. Everyone’s got one and we can love or hate how it looks; but have you ever wondered what’s beyond the surface? What is your kitchen made of? Here is a guide on the best materials for your kitchen cabinets. 



Kitchen cabinets are typically made of wood and wood-like materials. This can be anything from hardwood and plywood to particleboard and fiberboard. Whether you choose solid wood or wood-based kitchen cabinets, the materials depend on budget and personal preference. However, kitchen cabinets aren’t all exclusively made from wood. Depending on the atmosphere and aesthetic you wish to achieve, you might opt for glass cabinets, for example.



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Nelson Cabinetry White Shaker Kitchen Collection with Island, Wood Hood, and Glass Door Cabinets
Nelson Cabinetry White Shaker Kitchen Collection with Island, Wood Hood, and Glass Door Cabinets



Arguably the most durable material for kitchen cabinets, hardwood is solid wood. Some hardwood types such as hickory or maple will resist scratching and denting more than softwood species like walnut and mahogany – but they cost more due to durability and quality.

Cherry wood 

A domestic hardwood with an intricate grain pattern, cherry has a warm, rich color. It’s a trending material right now for those looking for a sleek kitchen atmosphere. Other types of hardwoods include birch, beech, oak, spruce, and pine. While hardwood cabinets tend to be the most durable of the cabinet construction materials, they often come with a hefty price tag.


Another high-quality wood type, plywood is a glued and laminated wood that is overlaid with a hardwood veneer. However, it’s important to add that there are different grades of plywood. Grade A plywood is slightly cheaper than AA, and grades B, C, D, and E are less expensive. The four lowest grades will each have a lower-quality appearance so if you’re opting for plywood, make sure you know which grade you’re getting. Check these kitchen cabinets made with grade A plywood for more information.



What materials you should avoid

Particle Board


You’re investing in your home when you replace your cabinets or remodel your kitchen. It makes sense to invest in the best possible kitchen cabinet materials. For this reason, it’s best to avoid cheap and low-quality cabinet materials like particleboard. Particleboard is not dense and is prone to sagging and damage from moisture. It also doesn’t hold screws very well and is among the least durable of materials.


Like particleboard, fiberboard is a material you should, at the very least, treat with caution. While denser than particleboard, fiberboard is still made from a hodgepodge of recyclables. Like particleboard, fiberboard does not hold screws well and is susceptible to water damage.





When it comes to quality, kitchen cabinets made of plywood and hardwood have the best reputations in terms of how long they last. Their durability and aesthetic qualities are unbeatable. Making sure you’re making the right investment by always opting for higher quality materials if your finances allow you to do so. 


And if you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen, our interior designers can give you a free 3D kitchen design in just a few steps. They will include grade A plywood kitchen cabinets by Nelson Cabinetry right into your kitchen design.




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