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.
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.
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.
Maple can change color over time, especially when exposed to light.
Can appear fuzzy on veneer.
Maple is considered one of the best cabinet material choices for high-traffic kitchens because of its resistance to dents and scratches.
In addition to extreme durability, maple kitchen cabinets are also very easy to maintain. Here’s how to keep yours looking great:
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
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