Red Cherry Kitchen Cabinet wood choices

Kitchen Cabinet wood choices in Uganda

Kitchen cabinets are in-built in most modern kitchen designs, to create storage space for kitchenware, pieces of equipment, and ingredients that are found in the kitchen.  They are good for enhancing the design of your kitchen when properly installed, but they are mostly essential for increasing kitchen storage and order. They are can be installed under the kitchen counter or above the kitchen counter.  In the article, we learn about the different kitchen cabinet wood choices in Uganda, and possibly what could work best for your kitchen and wallet.

What are the different Kitchen cabinet wood CHOICES in Uganda?

The Quality of wood species that you choose can improve the overall durability of your kitchen, whilst providing each personality with its unique markings. We are going to consider the unique characteristics you might be looking out for when selecting your kitchen cabinet wood material.

Mahogany Wood Kitchen Cabinets choices

Mahogany wood is a hardwood variety of wood.  Using mahogany wood will give your kitchen an exotic and stylish look. The advantage of using mahogany wood for your kitchen cabinets is that it is; good looking,  easy to work and curves with beautiful designs, it is resistant to rot compared to other wood types, water-resistant and its best quality is that it is durable and long-lasting.  

One of the biggest disadvantages associated with mahogany wood is limited production this makes it quite pricy and hard to acquire. Its heavyweight may not be favourable for kitchen cabinets.

Most of the mahogany timber in Uganda is exported from Congo and South Sudan. African mahogany heartwood exists in colour ranges from light to deep reddish-brown. Its Grain is straight to interlock, while the texture is medium to coarse.

You can buy mahogany from several wood dealers. You can check out Esther mahogany timber Kampala Uganda for genuine timber supplies. Uganda prisons also have a woodworks industrial section that specializes in the use of only mahogany timber in their woodworks, contact them.

Cherry wood cabinets

Wooden cabinets made of cherry wood have a traditional touch to them. They are the most commonly used wood type for making kitchen cabinets. Cherry wood is not technically hardwood, but it is durable and long-wearing. Cherry cabinets have a naturally rich and luxurious dark colour, which varies between deep yellow and pale red.

Their price is relatively high but cheaper than mahogany wood. Cherry wood has got a lifetime value, with utmost durability that rarely chips or dents. These cabinets naturally darken as they age. This material absorbs most stains well, although mahogany does it better.

Bamboo wooden cabinets

Stalks of bamboo can be arranged to make perfect kitchen cabinet finishing. Bamboo stalks are an eco-friendly cabinetry option compared to the traditional wooden cabinets that are cut from planks made from large trees.  Bamboo boards on the contrary are constructed from stalks cut into strips that are laminated together. The orientation of the strips creates vertical graining.

Bamboo cabinets are very solid and the laminated surfaces easily resist dents, chips, and dings. The light colours add an airy and modern look to kitchens. Bamboo cabinets are resistant to climate change and won’t expand or contract like real wood.

Pine wooden cabinets

Pines trees are commonly grown in Uganda as a source of softwood. Pinewood is a good design for contemporary kitchens with up-to-date hardware and modern countertops. It is eco-friendly and affordable nature making this softwood option quite popular. Additionally, the pinewood material is light-coloured and absorbs both natural and dark stains. Graining and knots of pine usually persist after staining. Pine absorbs liquids quickly, so expect to apply several coats of a stain to get the look you want.

Wood may be pricy and quite unaffordable. But also several other factors may make one choose wood alternatives. These may be issues to do with the environment and sustainability. Let us have a look at the wood alternatives on the market.



 Laminates are made of three resin-saturated layers: a base layer of paper, a printed and coloured layer (which often looks like wood), and a protective transparent layer. Heat and pressure fuse a laminate to a substrate. The weight of the substrate used makes laminate cabinets heavier than those made of wood. Laminate is used to cover exterior cabinetry surfaces, the fronts and backs of doors, and some interior surfaces. High-pressure laminates are difficult to damage, giving vertical surfaces the same durability as countertops, while Low-pressure laminates, also called melamine, are less impact-resistant than high-pressure laminates and have a tendency to crack and chip.


 Thermofoil is a vinyl film applied to a substrate with heat and pressure. The application process makes it possible for Thermofoil to resemble wood detailing more closely than laminate can. These cabinets are easy to clean and less likely to chip than painted cabinets.

The cheapest forms of non-wooden or partially wooden kitchen cabinetry are made up of wooden particles that are hidden under Laminate and vinyl. These can be further dived into the following manufactured non-wooden alternatives below.

  1. Particleboard is made from wood particles mixed with resin and bonded by pressure. It serves as the base for most cabinetry covered with laminate and vinyl film. New technology and improved resins make particleboard a strong, reliable building material. In poor grades, however, hinges and other fasteners tend to fall out, and particleboard that’s too thin will buckle or warp under the weight of kitchen gear.
  2. Medium-density fiberboard is a high-quality substrate material made from smaller fibres than particleboard. It offers superior screw-holding power, clean edges, and an extremely smooth surface. Additionally, its edges can be shaped and painted.
  3. Plywood is made by laminating thin layers of wood to each other with the grain at right angles in alternate plies. Varying the direction of the grain gives plywood equal strength in all directions. The layers are bonded with glue under heat and pressure. Thinner plywood is typically used on cabinet backs; thicker plywood forms the sides.

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