There was a time, not too far back in the past when almost all furniture was built or constructed from proper wood; none of the imitation varieties you frequently find today. Whilst the introduction of other materials in the furniture manufacturing industry has brought down the cost of such items, it’s not a route everyone wants to go down and many people want to stick with the type of furniture that is going to last for many years and improve with age as well. As such, we’ve teamed up with www.priestbrothers.co.uk to take a look at the most common woods used today in furniture making.
Oak – A Popular Choice
Many different types of wood are used in the manufacture of solid wood furniture, however some are more suitable than others due to the availability and the cost of the raw material. Oak is one of the most frequently used types of wood due to its abundance, strength and appearance. It has a particularly attractive grain with prominent rays or streaks and is classed as a moderately priced wood; available in either red oak or white oak with the red version usually being the cheaper option of the two.
Walnut – An Excellent Selection
Walnut is another excellent choice when it comes to producing fine furniture and is very much in demand today. It’s available in either black walnut or European walnut with a striking and attractive grain, however in can be an quite expensive option hence the reason it’s usually only used by top class craftsmen and manufacturers.
Pine – A Fantastic Alternative
Pine is another type of wood that has been used for many years due to its availability and fairly low cost. In fact it was hugely popular in the Victorian period and although not a hard wood, many pieces of Victorian furniture are still in use today. It varies in colour from cream to yellow-brown and has a close grained appearance with clearly marked growth rings. Pine remains one of the most commonly used woods for modern furniture production at a reasonable price.
At the end of the day, you simply cannot beat solid wood furniture and, to many, it remains the only option!