Beadboard is a unique type of cabinetry that is typically found in more traditional or cottage style homes. Also known as wainscoting, beadboard is a decorative tongue-and-groove style wood feature used to dress up kitchen cabinets. It is also a common decorative feature for furniture, doors and walls.
Beadboard used to be sold only in sheets and had to be added to kitchen cabinets. Now cabinet manufacturers have a wide variety of beadboard cabinets in many different styles, finishes and materials.
Pricing for beadboard cabinets
Like all kitchen cabinets, the cost of beadboard cabinetry will depend on the material with which it is made. Traditional style cabinetry, like beadboard cabinets, is made from solid wood, which is typically more expensive than other material options. The cost of beadboard cabinets will also depend on how many extra features it has, including molding, trim and glass doors.
The cost of each beadboard cabinet will depend on the material and dimensions. Maple wall beadboard cabinets, which are typically smaller, can cost anywhere from $100 to $475. Maple base beadboard cabinets, which are typically larger, can cost anywhere from $145 to $800 per cabinet.
A less expensive option for homeowners is to add sheets of beadboard to existing cabinet doors. This can be done by a professional or by a homeowner and allows you to place the beadboard design exactly where you want it inside your kitchen. Beadboard sheets are also less expensive than solid wood tongue-and-groove sheets since they are usually offered in a number of materials.
Who makes them?
Beadboard cabinets have recently become a popular cabinet option in traditional homes. However, the beadboard feature can be added to a wide variety of other cabinet styles, such as Shaker and flat panel cabinets, and is offered at a number of retail kitchen suppliers and manufacturers who carry these cabinet styles.
Since beadboard is a decorative feature, many small woodworking shops and craftsmen offer beadboard cabinets. However, handcrafted cabinets typically take longer and are more expensive. Larger kitchen companies such as Crown Point Cabinetry, Highland and Draper offer beadboard cabinets that are quicker to make and less expensive.
Materials and finish options
Like most other popular cabinet styles, beadboard cabinets come in a wide variety of materials and finishes. The higher-end traditional beadboard cabinets are made from harder woods such as cherry and maple. Veneer beadboard cabinets look similar to solid wood but are a fraction of the cost. Veneer cabinets use sheets of wood for the face and condensed wood for the core of the cabinets. Some laminate cabinets can also have a beadboard style, which is a less expensive alternative.
Beadboard cabinets are also offered in a wide range of finishes that can suit any style of kitchen. Natural or cherry-colored stains tend to be more traditional, while mocha and darker stains tend to be more contemporary or transitional. Many manufacturers also offer a wide range of paint color options for beadboard cabinets.
Where to get started
Choosing the perfect type of kitchen cabinet can be a daunting task since there are many options that are offered. Seeing a beadboard kitchen in person can give you the best idea of style and finish. Once you have a specific style in mind, many kitchen stores allow you to take samples home to see how they look in your space.
You can use the form on this page to get started or consult with a contractor or professional to get specific pricing. Whether your home is traditional, transitional or contemporary, beadboard cabinets provide enough options to work in any style kitchen.