Choosing the right material is important for creating durable cabinetry in a style you'll love. Get to know your options, such as hardwoods that include red oak, white oak, hard maple, and hickory. With hardwoods, consider the grain, color, and construction. Besides wood or wood-and-plywood cabinets, you can also choose cheaper options such as laminate and Thermofoil. Whether you’re building cupboards, open shelving, or other cabinetry, be sure to consider cost and quality of your materials.