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Maple Kitchen Cabinets

Maple vies with oak
as the most popular wood for kitchen cabinets in the U.S., and it’s
easy to see why. It’s a dense, heavy wood prized by furniture and
cabinet makers for its versatility and durability; so much
so that it’s often used for countertops as well as cabinets.


Usually a pale, off-white wood (colors can range from pale yellow to
tan to reddish brown) with a tight, smooth grain, maple also offers
spectacular variations in texture, such as tiger maple, bird’s eye
maple, and curly maple, which can be used alone or as
accents.

Because of its fine,
uniform grain, maple works well with almost any finish, from the
lightest of transparent stains to paint. If your plans call for
cabinets in a transparent blue wash, go with maple. Antique white
paint, ditto. Stains from clear to ebony, maple. Whether you’re going
for a stainless-steel, professional chef’s kitchen, streamlined
Scandinavian, or something a bit more traditional and cozy (Early
American, French Country, Tuscan…); sophisticated or
rustic; maple rises to the occasion.


There really aren’t significant downsides to maple. One thing to keep
in mind: over time, when exposed to the sun, maple has a tendency to
yellow. If your cabinets are painted, or you’re going for a golden
look anyway, this probably isn’t going to be an issue, but be sure to
discuss it with your designer and building professional when you’re
planning your project.

Maple’s right up there with oak as the most popular wood for kitchen cabinets in the U.S., and it’s easy to see why. Maple is a dense, heavy wood prized by furniture and cabinet makers for its versatility and durability—so much so that it’s often used for countertops as well as cabinets.

Costs

Since maple is an extremely popular and readily available material, it will cost significantly less than more exotic woods. Basic cabinets cost average between $4,000 and $5,000, while custom-built cabinets are double that amount. Expect to pay more or less based on the cost of labor, size of your kitchen and quality of the wood. If you’re looking for specific cost estimates, talk to a licensed kitchen contractor in your area.

Pros

Because of its fine, uniform grain, maple works well with almost any finish.

Works well for a variety of design schemes, like streamlined Scandinavian,

One of the hardest woods available, maple is an extremely durable kitchen cabinet option.

Cons

Maple can change color over time, especially when exposed to light.

Can appear fuzzy on veneer.

Durability

Maple is considered one of the best cabinet material choices for high-traffic kitchens because of its resistance to dents and scratches.

Maintenance

In addition to extreme durability, maple kitchen cabinets are also very easy to maintain. Here’s how to keep yours looking great:

  1. Begin by dusting the cabinets with a clean, soft cloth.
  2. Make a cleaning solution from hot water and an oil soap, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap. Apply the solution with a clean sponge.
  3. Apply the soap directly to tough stains with a clean cloth.
  4. Rinse cabinets with clean warm water and a fresh sponge.
  5. Dry and apply furniture polish to protect the maple from grease and dirt.

Common Questions and Answers

What is the difference between oak and maple?

Both are generally classified as a “white” hardwood, but the main difference lies in the visibility of their pores. Oak is known for its large and visible pores and noticeable gra

What color granite would work best with maple kitchen cabinets?

It’s best to avoid light-colored granite such as tan or gold because it will clash with the brown of the maple. Go with darker colors, like grays and blacks, for

History

Famous today for its traditional appearance, maple has been a kitchen cabinet material of choice for many generations.

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