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What type of wood makes the best wood bed?
- Sep 15, 2017 -

What type of wood makes the best wood bed?

Some of the most popular types of wood used to make furniture are Pine, Oak, Poplar, and Maple. The cost to buy wood furniture is not as costly as you might think. It's sturdy, strong and doesn't require too much maintenance. Wood furniture is very durable, and built to last a lot longer than furniture made with lesser materials. It's also easier to touch up scratches or gouges on wood furniture; furniture made of synthetic materials requires more intricate repair work if they can be repaired at all.

If you have the money, i would recommend high quality hardwoods. It may cost more to buy furniture made with the high end woods, but they'll last a lifetime or longer. High quality wood furniture will become an heirloom that you can pass down from generation to generation.

When you buy cherry, mahogany or oak wood furniture, you often have options available to customize your purchase. Hand finished and handcrafted furniture give you more alternatives for colors and shading. 

In industry, poplar is a common choice, at least in Canada. It is one of the most inexpensive hardwoods. Soft enough to be worked by machines, plentiful enough to be cheap, strong enough to remain sturdy for years. Plus it is easily painted. It’s a common choice for secondary wood in furniture (un-exposed structural wood) or for window/door casings that get painted.

As for any of the exposed wood of a bed frame, well that’s all design-related. If your other furniture is maple, get a maple bed frame. Also, not a lot of furniture is un-stained. I personally like the natural beauty of an individual species to be highlighted with only a top coat of polyurethane or other clear varnish. If you want a brown wood, choose walnut; reddish brown, choose mahogany or cherry; blonde choose maple or ash.

However, if a stain is used, the underlaying wood is usually whatever wood is locally plentiful — in Canada it’s poplar as I already said, or it’s maple. In other areas, it may be walnut or hickory or ash or cherry or beech or birch or oak — it totally depends. It probably won’t be mahogany or any other exotic woods as those are imported from Asia or South America.

Sometimes, furniture makers try to get away with using pine. Pine is a cheap and plentiful softwood. While it is an OK wood for furniture, it takes a stain poorly and is easily dinged or nicked and is not as strong as a hardwood. Even some furniture manufacturers like the Amish or IKEA use knotty pine — the cheapest, lowest grade of wood (wood is graded on how free of knots and blemishes it is) — and pass it off as a ‘fashionable’ design choice. Don’t fall for it. While it may look ‘rustic’, it’s just a cheap wood that is unworthy of your hard-earned money.

Other softwoods may include spruce, cedar, larch, fir (or douglas fir), and pine. Those are the basic coniferous trees (AKA softwoods) in North America. Softwoods are typically used in home construction and carpentry (2x4’s), pulp and paper manufacturing, and in a few musical instruments. Softwood is not a good choice for furniture in my opinion, but some people like it. It’s cheap and plentiful, but not especially beautiful.