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What Wood Is Best For Furniture?

If you’re currently in the process of furnishing your home, you’ve probably asked yourself “What wood is the best for furniture?” It isn’t a simply question. The answer is dependent on your budget and expected usage.

Less expensive woods can still be beautiful but they tend to be softer. As a result, they damage more easily. Harder woods are more expensive. Each have different appearances. For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll look at the most popular woods in furniture making. These include oak, cherry, maple, pine, cedar and mahogany.

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Mahogany Furniture

One of the more traditional woods in furniture making, mahogany is a beautiful wood. It is lighter in weight than some of the other wood types here but has the strength of oak. We think of mahogany as reddish-brown however there are lighter colors of the wood. Genuine mahogany is sourced from Latin American and is becoming hardeer and harder to find. It can be expensive.

Oak Furniture

Oak is a very durable wood that is typically used for flooring and kitchen furniture. It is beautiful but can yellow over time. By contrast, red oak is slightly darker and porous. It also looks beautiful and is fairly inexpensive. Oak is an excellent wood for furniture.

Maple Furniture

Maple may be the ideal furniture wood. While there are many different types of maple, almost all are very durable and make for gorgeous furniture. It wears extremely well. Maple is naturally non-toxic so it is often used to make kitchen cutting boards. There are several grain patterns available depending on the type of maple you are interested in.

Cherry Furniture

Cherry darkens with time, giving it a very rich look as it continues to darken. The color is what most people love about cherry but there are other things to really like about it. Cherry is relatively hard it can be resistant to scratches and dents. It has an even grain and is non-toxic.

Pine Furniture

We’re used to seeing knotty pine in rustic cabins and the like. So we naturally assume pine is a good material for furniture. It’s quite the contrary. Pine is a soft wood that is easily damaged. It is fairly inexpensive, however.

Cedar Furniture

Cedar is a relatively soft wood so it’s not ideal for indoor furniture. However, for outdoor furniture, it’s quite good. Cedar is naturally weather resistant. One usually sees closets constructed of cedar as its aromatic quality repels bugs. 

Bassett’s bench Made Maple Furniture

If you’re in the market for the finest American made maple furniture, check out Bassett’s Bench Made line of custom made living room, bed room and dining furniture. With lumber sourced from the Appalachian Mountains, Bassett’s Bench Made line is 100% American Made from start to finish.

 
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