Starting from your living room, there are a mahogany wood coffee table or sofa legs, maple wood TV stand, or black walnut bookcase. Go to the bedroom, you will find a pinewood bed frame, cedarwood closet, or ash wood bedside table. Continue to the kitchen and dining room, wooden furniture is in cherry wood dining sets, beechwood bar table and stools, oak wood kitchen cabinets, etc.
You are probably wondering what materials actually construct most of your home’s wooden furniture. In the following section, you can find the answers regarding some types of wood materials widely used to make those furnishings.
Dubbed as the most baronial and indestructible
type of material, hardwood indeed has a higher level of hardness compared to
other woods. Due to their increasingly rare condition, solid hardwood furniture
is also getting costly.
The list can be long, but to name several representative Western hardwoods are White Oak, Red Oak, Black Walnut, Hard Maple, Yellow Birch, Hickory, Green Ash, Pecan, Elm, etc.
Not necessarily softer as implies by its name,
softwood is said accounts for around 80% of timber production in the world.
Some traditional softwood producers are in Scandination and Russia (the Baltic
region), North America, and China.
Mostly for construction materials, the wooden furniture made of softwood can be obtained from carcassing timbers and finishing timbers. Their popular Western names are, among others, Red Cedar, Douglas, Pine, Fir, Larch, Spruce, Hemlock, and more.
3. Man-Made Wood
Basically made from the by-products of hardwood and softwood timbers, these artificial woods are more affordable in results and costs. There are four common engineered kinds of wood used for home furnishings, namely Plywood, MDF, Chipboard, and Blockwood.
Related to the technique in making wooden furniture, there are also veneered wood and laminated wood; both are additional thin layers particularly applied to man-made woods. So, which wood materials do you prefer the most as your favored wood furniture?