Maple vs. Brown Maple Amish Furniture

By Bailiegh Basham · May 12, 2015

Maple vs. Brown Maple Amish Furniture

Differences Between Maple and Brown Maple for Fine Amish Made Furniture

Since every piece of Countryside Amish Furniture is made-to-order based on your preference, perhaps you have found yourself wondering if there is a difference between Brown Maple and Maple for your next furniture purchase. When choosing your wood species, consider the comparative hardness, cost difference, and overall appearance and identification of Maple versus Brown Maple.

Comparative Hardness
While Brown Maple is sometimes referred to as “soft,” it is actually only soft in comparison to Hard Maple. A common measurement used to determine relative wood hardness is the Janka Hardness Test. Taking the hardness data into consideration with other hardwoods, Brown Maple is slightly easier than Maple to work with when being shaped.

When choosing which wood is right for your furniture, it really comes down to preference. The main instances where you would want to stick with Maple would be in a setting where hardness and strength are important. Maple possesses an excellent resistance to indentation and overall wear. For example, one may choose Maple for flooring, a butcher block, workbench tops, etc.; however, both wood species are popular fine furniture selections.

Cost Difference
Maple is not only a much harder wood, but more expensive as well. Maple trees take approximately four times longer to grow, and they are also much smaller in diameter.

Maple’s major claim to fame is its seemingly pure white color and its tight grain pattern. In a light natural finish, Maple becomes a leading choice for contemporary furniture and hardwood flooring. Maple’s subtle grain pattern and sleek surface works well in a large or small space. The natural light tone of Maple makes the stain appear bright and bold, and it captures light and brightens any space.

On the other hand, Brown Maple is comprised of a unique combination of brown, tan, white, and cream streaks. It best absorbs medium to dark stains, and because of its ability to absorb dark stain with a depth of color, Brown Maple can be finished to look much like Cherry wood. Because of mineral streaking, it is often the chosen hardwood for furniture painting.

Regardless of your choice, your Amish furniture will be handmade with careful attention to detail, master craftsmanship, and responsibly harvested hardwoods. Allow Countryside to assist you with your next residential or commercial furniture project.

To get started view our online gallery of Amish furniture, or take a look at our stain selections for both Maple and Brown Maple.