When you are shopping at your local furniture store, looking for your next dresser, bed, table, chair or other furniture, how do you know which is the best wood furniture around? What type of wood should you purchase and how does it actually look? To start at the basics, wood furniture generally falls into three different categories: hardwood, soft wood and a manufactured wood such as plywood. Regardless of which of these three you use, it is likely to be a solid wood material. Hardwood is usually maple cherry, oak, ash, walnut or mahogany. Hardwoods are a much stronger material and make solid bases, dressers, tables and other pieces of quality furniture that doesn’t have a lot of ornate of Baroque etchings or carvings. Softwoods, or needle-bearing trees such as pince or spruces trees are used despite the fact that they are much more easily damaged or nicked than hardwood. But it is the ease in which they can be carved that makes softwoods of interest to modern furniture designers.
The more popular woods to use are mahogany, oak, maple, beech, pine, though bamboo, teak and other more sustainable woods have become popular as well. Teak is especially popular in outdoor furniture.
However, if you are searching your furniture store for quality indoor wood furniture, it’s important to look at the colors of wood as well. Cherry and mahogany lend a red shade to the dark wood while walnut and maple is much lighter like a blond share. Oak and pine are more medium brown shades of wood to use in furniture. For solid, durable furniture, manufactured plywood or particle board is rarely a good choice because of the ease in which it falls apart. It is not appropriate for furniture design.
When choosing the best wood furniture around, these are some things to consider. Wood has long been a major staple of the furniture making industry, and will likely continue to dominate even as modern furniture design creates an emphasis on more sustainable, more functional forms of furniture. The best wood furniture is that which is solid, with a rich color that matches the rest of the furniture in your living room, bedroom or home office. Take the time to research each of the different woods to see what will work best in your next home improvement and interior design project.