Kitchen cabinets represent some of the most crucial components for this room in the house that needs to be both functional and comfortable. There are a range of cabinet designs from which to choose that will spruce up the look of any kitchen that needs updated or renovated. There are more big-box retailers and online wholesalers than ever before offering a virtually limitless supply of cabinetry that will suit just about any home improvement project. Depending upon the consumer’s individual level of experience with cabinet installation and wood working in general, it is possible to turn the project into a true D.I.Y. affair. There is staff dedicated to helping beginners and aspiring home improvement specialists at large retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as extensive tutorials and comprehensive lessons on installation and many other valuable tips to be found online. However, before diving into becoming proficient at installation, the customer must decide between the many varieties of cabinetry. There are seemingly as many kinds of cabinets as there are kinds of wood. Not to mention the fact that contemporary kitchen designs also employ the use of other materials like stainless steel. Some of the most popular varieties of wood kitchen cabinets include maple, oak, beech, and cherry. Kitchen cabinets are made from both hardwood and softwood, whereas wooden home flooring tends to be made exclusively from hardwood because of its durable characteristics in high-traffic areas.