Common Furniture Woods

While many types of wood are used in the creation of handcrafted furniture, not all varieties are created equal. Some offer superior beauty and durability, while others are easier to work with.

Common Furniture Woods

Submitted by Swiss Valley Furniture on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:42am

While many types of wood are used in the creation of handcrafted furniture, not all varieties are created equal. Some offer superior beauty and durability, while others are easier to work with. How can you identify different types of wood based on their appearance? Here’s a short guide, that Swiss Valley Furniture uses, to help you identify some of the most common varieties:

Red Oak: A common selection for solid wood furniture, red oak has a distinct reddish cast that sets it apart from the gray-brown of white oak. Both types of oak feature prominent streaks in their open grain.

Cherry: Cherry is a highly-valued hardwood due to its durability and beautiful look. Cherry’s color ranges from light brown to a dark red/brown mix. Its attractive, closed grain usually features a somewhat mottled appearance, making it a popular choice for wood furniture.

Maple: This dense hardwood is usually light brown in color, though it sometimes features a reddish cast. Maple is most commonly found with a straight grain, though wavy patterns are also sometimes seen.