Wood Types

Wood Types

Zen Living constructs their cabinets with 5 kinds of wood species.  Zen’s lumber procurement team select timbers ideal for Calgary’s dry climate and frequent temperature changes.

With so many wood species to choose from, where to begin? Whether you want  Maple, Alder, American White Oak, Cherry, or Walnut cabinets, here are some key considerations, to help you find your favorite cabinet wood type.

Maple Cabinets


Canadian maple is a straight grained and medium density wood, making it one of the most valuable timbers east of the Rocky Mountains. It’s so durable its used in the floors of basketball courts, butchers blocks and bowling alleys. Maple is a favorite of cabinet makers for its durability and its smooth lustrous surface.  

Alder Cabinets


A medium density heartwood. Can be machined easily. Common Alder is native to Europe but is grown thought the northern hemisphere. Straight grain with a fine texture, Alder is an ideal choice for dry climates such as Calgary’s. Also used for wooden toys, broom handles and brush backs.


American White Oak

American white oak is attractive and strong. It has phenomenal grain straightness, which is useful for woodworkers and artisans. Oak is highly durable to damp and insects and is used extensively in kitchen cabinet projects.

Cherry Cabinets


European cherry has a handsome figure and color, and is traditionally used for cabinet & furniture making because it’s ideal for steam bending and works well with hand tools.

Walnut Cabinets


Since the 17th century this beautiful timber has been used for high-end cabinetry and furniture and can be found in gun stocks. This highly figured wood often forms a central core sharply defined from the remaining plain heartwood.