Types of Wood Used for Wood Furniture

Choosing the proper wood for your new custom furniture can be confusing if you don’t have the proper information to make your decision. 

Each type of wood has unique characteristics that make them better for certain projects than others. If you don’t have this information on hand, you risk choosing the improper wood for your custom work! 

Choosing The Perfect Wood For Your Furniture

Here at Bonds Decor, we strive to help our customers create the custom furniture of their dreams, right here in Ottawa! 

Everybody has a unique style, and we work collaboratively with our clients to create pieces that perfectly reflect their unique style. Choosing the proper wood for your custom furniture is an important part of your journey, and we understand that here at Bonds Decor! This is why we have created this simple guide to the best type of wood to use for your custom furniture project. 


There are many benefits to selecting Oak to construct your custom furniture pieces. The benefits are as follows but aren’t limited to: 

  • Easily Available
  • Beautiful appearance
  • Durable
  • Long lasting
an oak table and chairs

There are also a couple drawbacks to selecting oak for your furniture. One of the major drawbacks for some is the cost of the material. Oak is a higher end wood and is priced accordingly. As a slow growing hardwood, it is extremely dense and can be quite difficult to work with. 

Our team here at Bonds Decor has years of experience working with oak, and are confident we can provide top quality service, no matter what you request! Contact us today to get started.


Birchwood is a common hardwood that comes from a birch tree. It has a yellow colour to it, and has quite an attractive grain and is relatively free from knots. This is frequently used to make kitchen tables because of its sturdiness and its ability to take stain and other finishes quite well. However, birchwood is known to be prone to insect attacks if the wood is left untreated for too long. 

a birch chair

 Bonds Decor specializes in providing top quality birch furniture. If you decide that birch is the wood for you, contact us today and we can get started building your custom pieces!


Maple wood is a Canadian favourite when it comes to choosing which wood people would like their furniture to be made of. There are plenty of pros for maple wood, and a few cons that should be considered when making your choice of wood for your custom furniture project. The pros of maple wood include:

  • It is affordable
  • It’s resistant to scratches
  • It is readily available
  • Highly compatible with almost all stains and finishes
  • Comes in a hardwood and a softwood 

Some drawbacks to selecting maple wood are:

a man building custom furniture
  • It lacks resistance to weather
  • The wood is prone to crack if not properly cared for
  • The wood comes with minimal grain variation
  • The wood grows slowly so it isn’t an eco-friendly choice

Now that you have the facts about maple wood, you will be able to decide if it is the proper wood for your custom-built furniture project! If you decide to choose maple, contact us today and we will be happy to get started.


There are pros and cons to choosing pinewood, just like every wood! Although the pros outweigh the cons it is still important to consider them when choosing the right wood for your custom furniture. Some pros of selecting pine wood for your custom furniture creation are:

  • It’s affordable
  • It’s lightweight
    a pine table
  • Takes stain and paint easily
  • Resists shrinking and swelling

Whereas some cons of pine wood are:

  • Can sustain knicks and dents easily
  • There are more knots than other woods
  • Requires more maintenance
  • Not as versatile as other woods

Everybody has their own personal style, and for many, pine would work wonderfully for their custom furniture creations, it all depends on what you are looking for! 

Bonds Decor - We Have The Perfect Wood For Your Custom Furniture!

Bonds Decor has always produced quality products for our clients, and your custom furniture project will be no different. Our team of trained carpentry experts will work with you to design a custom piece that surpasses your expectations every time! 

Contact us today to get started on your custom woodworking project to show the world your amazing, unique style.

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