GUIDE TO WOOD TYPES
Wood is one of the most commonly used materials in the world, and almost any type of wood can be used to build furniture. Each type of wood has its own unique characteristics, which can add different degrees of warmth, emphasis and beauty to its surrounding environment. This guide will help you choose which type of wood is right for your furniture. The wood types available are listed below with the characteristics of each such as hardwood/softwood, wood grains and color.
Pine is very affordable and lightweight with a pale finish which is great for staining. It is less durable wood compared to hard woods such as maple or oak. Pine blends well with other woods, making it ideal if you are looking for furniture that will match existing pieces in your home.
Beech is a hard, strong and heavy wood. It has a fine, tight grain and even texture. Beech wood is very light in color and has a high shock resistance. It is a popular wood for furniture and will give your room a warm feeling. With its smooth finish it is a great wood to polish.
Most Popular Hardwoods
Ash is a tough hardwood which is known for its excellent bending abilities. It is primarily used for bent pieces of furniture such as a chair with curved backrests. Ash is light brown in color with a straight grain.
Oak is a very popular wood, it is very hard wearing and heavy. It is known for having lovely open wood grain markings. Oak can be purchased in two shades; white oak, which is grey/brown in color or red oak which is very similar but with a prominent reddish tint.
Maple wood is much more durable and heavier. As maple wood is so strong and moisture resistant it is the ideal wood to withstand years of wear and tear. Maple wood is pale in color and has natural swirls and twists in the wood grain. It can easily accepts any type of stain or paint.
Walnut is a hardwood and is known for its strength, straight grain and its rich chocolate brown color, however lighter shades are available. Walnut can be a very versatile wood, offering a range of shades and grains to complement your décor.
Mahogany is an expensive hardwood and varies in color from a medium brown to a deep red brown, depending on its age. It is a very traditional, versatile and popular type of wood. It is also a popular choice for use on veneers.