A Furniture Guide – 5 Popular Types of Wood that Create Beautiful Designs




When making furniture there are many different types of wood that can be used. Depending on the quality and the type of finish desired consumers will have several different choices. Regardless of the type of wood used, once furniture is well constructed using good materials it will serve to beautify and create a unique look for your household. Below is an overview of 5 of the most popular woods used in furniture making, just to give an idea of which might be best for any of your projects.


  1. Pine

A relatively inexpensive soft wood, pine is used often in modern day furniture making. It is easy to work with and takes paint very well. This means it is very popular for making children’s furniture because of the bright colours that are sometimes require. The main disadvantage to using pine is that the surface may scratch easily because of its soft nature.



  1. Oak

There are two types of oak used in making furniture, red or white. Red is the more frequently used and slightly cheaper option. Both types are easily obtained and incredibly durable. As a very hard wood, oak is used most often to create items that need to be very solid.



  1. Maple

Another more affordable yet extremely hard wood is maple which comes in a light brown colour that may have a reddish tint. As a very strong wood, items constructed using maple will last for a long time. It is most often used for pieces that need to be made sturdy, such as dressers and wardrobes.



  1. Walnut

This hard wood comes in a range of colours from various shades of yellow to chocolate brown. One of the best woods to be carved into, walnut is most popular in use for headboards and ornately made furniture items. Normally oiled well to create a high shine, this wood can be expensive to obtain, but will always remain beautiful and strong.



  1. Cherry

Very popular because it polishes so well, cherry is a hard wood that can be found in colours from light brown to a dark reddish brown. It is used extensively in fine furniture and kitchen cupboards. Even though it might be a bit expensive to purchase, using this type of wood is guaranteed to create a long- lasting unique piece of furniture.

There is an extensive range of woods used in furniture making, and these are just a few of the most popular ones that may be obtained. At Fumro we offer a wide range of colors and textures. Share your thoughts on what is your favorite type of wood and the ways in which it is used to make unique pieces.

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