We have recently bought a house and we are in the process of picking up
the kitchen cabinets , bathroom cabinets .....we are confused about
which wood cabinets to pick....Maple or oak ?...Please suggest which
wood is good and stays long .
There is basically no functional reason to pick one over the other. Since
they're probably all veneers, why not cherry?
IOW ... it boils down to a matter of taste ... which grain looks good to
you, in the color that your wife wants.
And even if they are solids it will not make a functional difference.
So true, for your needs it is a completely aesthetic choice. But let me
point out what is obvious to most of us here but seems to escape Joe and
Contrary to what the Minwax marketers would have you beleive, "walnut",
"cherry", "mahogany", "maple" and "oak" are woods, not colors. Maple and oak
are naturally pretty light so they and be coated with finish to make them
just about any color you could imagine. The apparent difference between
maple and oak will be the grain pattern. Oak has large open pores which form
a prominent pattern. Maple has a tighter smoother grain.
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They're both good woods that will last a long time. I would suggest
you simply go to Home Depot and have a look at their oak and maple
cabinets. Pick whichever one you like better.
In my experience, maple is a little more expensive, but personally I
think it looks better.
My personal opinion, which is all you're going to get in here... Well, you
won't just get mine, but everyone else's personal opinions...
Anyway, I dislike oak, and would go with maple or cherry, depending on if
you want light or dark. Of course, even with those choices, it's the stain
that will determine how light or dark everything is.
And of course, our house has oak cabinets, and oak-style laminate floors...
The only non-aesthetic reason I can think of for choosing one over the other
is IF you intend to have a matching hardwood floor...maple flooring shrinks
and swells (a LOT) and I've never seen it available as quartersawn...however
oak flooring can be had quartersawn and is about the most stable wood
flooring material available. I've had both (in different homes) and am
totally suffering with maple flooring now (though it does great as a
This is purely a personal preference. Which wood do you like the look of
more? I use maple is situations where I am concerned that the room might
look too dark and cherry where I think the room is a bit too bright.
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