Sep 22

A Look at Different Furniture Woods


furniture woodEver wanted to know the differences between the various woods in your home’s furniture? Here is a look at some of the most common woods used in furniture.


Beech wood tends to be pale cream in color and can sometimes have a slight pink or brown hue. It’s durable, shock absorbent, and easy to work with, making it a popular wood option for furniture.


Cherry wood has a subtle reddish brown color and tends to darken over time. It considered one of the premier hardwoods in the United States and is typically used for fine furniture.


Maple is a unique hardwood in that the sapwood of maple lumber is used more commonly than the heartwood in furniture making. Maple wood can range in color from nearly white to off-white, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue.


Oak is a very popular wood option for furniture because it is strong, durable, has a beautiful grain, and is easy to work with. It comes in two varieties—red oak and white oak—and white oak tends to be more popular in the furniture realm.


Rosewood is often considered the “diamond” of hardwoods. It’s rare, never goes out of style, and grows at an incredibly slow place. It is also one of the heaviest of hardwoods. Rosewood is typically rich, dark brown or red in color and features small grain lines that are either clearly defined or appear smudged.


Suar wood happens to be one of the most durable hardwoods, making it perfect for furniture. The wood features fine bands of grain in a rich shade of dark brown, making for subtle patterns that don’t overwhelm the natural beauty of the wood.


Teak is unique in that even when it is left in its natural state, it requires little to no maintenance, making it extremely durable and especially great for outdoor furniture. This wood tends to be golden brown or brownish red in color.


Walnut is unique for its naturally rich, deep chocolate brown color, making it especially popular for use in furniture. It’s also rarely stained because of the beauty of its natural color. You’ll often find it used for intricate woodworking because it carves and holds its shape well.


Wenge is an exotic wood with a very distinct color. It tends to be a medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, and has nearly black streaks. Wenge can appear almost black after it is stained.