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Decisions, Decisions

Getting started on a new kitchen or bath design involves several crucial decisions, especially with regards to selecting cabinetry. You’ll quickly discover that cabinetry will account for a significant portion of your budget. And when you find yourself knee-deep in finish options, door styles and hardware, you will be grateful for the advice and knowledge of your Beck/Allen Cabinetry designer, especially when it comes to selecting the appropriate wood species.

The choice to use hardwood cabinetry ensures a distinctive, unique result and several factors should influence your choice of wood species: price, durability, wood grain and the stain or finish you have in mind. Some things to consider:

– Each wood absorbs stain differently, make sure your stain works well with the natural qualities of your chosen wood.

– You’re dealing with a natural product, so expect variation in the wood grain. Some species have more drastic variation and more pronounced patterns in the grain.


 According to Beck/Allen, Maple and Cherry are the most popular woods chosen by their customers. They attribute this to the smooth, tight and consistent grain of the two woods. Expect to pay a bit more for Cherry, valued for its rich look. Maple, slightly lower in cost, and beautiful when stained, is also frequently used beneath painted finishes. See below for examples of common wood choices.

Left to right: Bamboo, Birch, Cherry, Hickory and Maple. 

Left to right: Walnut, Lyptus, Alder, Quarter Sawn Oak, Red Oak 

Check out Beck/Allen’s latest blog post for examples of various woods seen in completed projects like the one below.

Stop by the showroom Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or call 314.677.6713 to make an appointment with a Beck/Allen designer.

Photography by Mid Continent (top) and Crystal Cabinetry (finish options).