Wood Types & Door Styles

Cabinets are prepared and crafted using different types of wood. This will create differing effects with the wood grains, colors, and textures, so it is imperative to know the differences between the wood types before making any decisions. At Elite Cabinets, we’re here to help you choose which grains and styles are best suited for your living spaces. Read below to get a better idea of what may be best for you.


Types of Wood

Cherry tends toward elegant warm tones, and also darkens considerably as it ages. Cherry has a fine grain that often exhibits swirls and a flowing, random pattern. Cherry's color varies from nearly white to dark reddish brown. Cherry wood cabinets, with a fine to medium grain pattern, provide an elegant look that is suitable for contemporary or traditional styling. It is moderately hard and strong, and resists both warping and checking. While usually pinkish-brown in color, there are also shades of off-white, green, and even gray. An American classic, cherry darkens beautifully with age and contains occasional knots, which gives it a unique beauty.

Maple has a fine, uniform grain pattern, and tends toward lighter colorations. Like all woods, maple will darken with age, but to a lesser degree than cherry. Maple takes on a subtle mottled appearance when finished in the darker stains. Cabinets in maple, a strong hardwood known for its close, uniform grain. Treasured by furniture and cabinet makers for years, the fine texture of maple lends itself well to both contemporary and traditional styling. Maple wood might occasionally include curly or wavy variations in the grain pattern. Colors range from light tan or cream, to yellow, to light reddish-brown.

Oak wood cabinets have a prominent open grain patterns and textured surfaces, which make it a natural choice for those interested in a more traditional or casual country look. This hardwood is heavy-grained and durable, and its visible characteristics include mineral streaks and pin knots, with attractive red or white oak color tones.

Plantation hardwood, aka “Rubberwood,” is a moderately heavy timber with a color range of pale cream to yellowish-brown. Its grain is mostly straight, which combines with other unique markings to create clear patterns. Plantation Hardwood's adaptability to machining and acceptance of paints and other finishes make it ideal for traditional or transitional furniture and cabinetry.

Birch wood is a subtle, contemporary and close-grained hardwood, whose colors go from cream to reddish-brown. Its texture is fine and even, and the grain is often straight but can also come in wavy or curly patterns, mirroring maple. With a smooth paintable surface, birch can be stained to resemble mahogany or walnut, but is typically at its best when left natural and sealed with a clear coating.

Thermofoil is milled from vinyl-wrapped material over fiber board. It is applied to cabinetry frames, giving perfect door-to-frame match in comparison to painted frames, which vary in color. Thermofoil cabinets offer contemporary styling, exceptional durability and wear properties, as well as superior cleaning features.


Hickory is a heavy, dense wood that displays vibrant grain patterns and wide variation in color. It is the “outgoing extrovert” of the hardwood family. Lighter stains make this natural variation the most evident, while darker stains tend to mute it.


Red oak is a time-honored favorite that has a prominent, distinctive grain character, and it may show tiny rays and flowing patterns. Red Oak tends toward warm tones, and is very hard with a high shock resistance.


Lyptus is an exotic hardwood that is sustainably grown on environmentally managed South American plantations. Similar in hardness to maple, lyptus has a richly variable coloration and grain that brings fine mahogany to mind.


Rustic alder creates environments with authentic warmth and natural homey charm. Rustic alder has a cherry-like grain, and displays visible knots, mineral, and color variation in the door frame and solid center panel.


Quartersawn white oak uses the more difficult and costly quartersawing method to yield material with a distinctive grain pattern and superior stability. It's ideal for Mission-themed creations

Used in the furniture industry, low pressure laminate allows for contemporary urban-loft styling, and easy-care cabinet attributes such as cleaning and durability. You can obtain the look of wood with the printed maple close wood grain pattern, and simple melamine material, at an affordable cost.



You can also see the different types of door styles below. If you have any questions, please give us a call or use the contact form.




Types of Door Style


•             Applied Molding Door Style

•             Beaded Paned Door Style

•             Flat panel door Style

•             Inset Door Style

•             Mitered Frame Door Style

•             Raised Panel Door Style

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