A Quick Guide to Wood Furniture and More
A Quick Guide to Wood Furniture and More

Wood furniture, floors, mantles, cabinetry and tables can be gorgeous additions to your home, bringing character and interest to your rooms. However, different kinds of woods will be better suited than others depending on your needs, desires, and budget. Consider what you can afford, how long you need it to last, and how much upkeep you are able to do. These five options will help you decide which wood will work best for you!

Common Stained Wood: All wood will shrink and expand with humidity to some degree, but cherry and oak are very stable hardwoods, and will warp only slightly over time. This stability, the woods’ interesting grain textures, and their reasonable prices make cherry and oak the popular choice for stained wood furniture and tables.

Common Paint Wood: Paint works best on wood that is smooth, only semi-dense, and does not have deep grain textures. Poplar and veneer plywood are common choices for wood that is sturdy and easy to paint.

Cheap Wood: Cheap furniture, cabinetry, or bookshelves are often made of particle wood, which looks nice when first bought. However, particle wood is neither dense nor hard enough to withstand time and use, and will eventually crumble away and warp.

Premium Wood: Premium wood, like mahogany and teak, make some of the most stunning furniture pieces for a home. From the perspective of the beauty of the wood, you can’t go wrong if you choose a high-end piece. However, you must be prepared to pay a high price for these exotic species.

Outdoor Furniture Wood: Woods with a naturally high content of oil, like western red cedar or teak, are best for outdoor furniture. These oils keep the wood water-resistant, and its outdoor lifespan is long as a result. Pressure-treated woods are also suitable for the outdoors, though they are not as hardy as western red cedar. However, pressure-treated woods are often much more cost-effective than either teak or western red cedar.

For more expert advice about choosing great wooden pieces for your home, reach out to member Doug Marvel, Marvelous Woodworking.

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