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Solid Wooden Beds – Choosing a Hardwood Timber

Our advice on choosing a hardwood timber that’s right for you….

Here at Natural Bed Company we pride ourselves on using solid timber from sustainable sources and never use endangered tropical hardwoods. Our pine is from Scandinavia and our hardwoods – ash, oak, maple, cherry, walnut and beech are from the USA or northern Europe.

Clients choose particular timbers for a wide variety of reasons. It may be that they want to match other furniture, or because of the colour or qualities of a particular timber, price may be a primary concern or ecological considerations. We offer a choice of timbers, which we feel provides a range of colour and style, price and longevity across our bed collection.

Oak wooden beds
Take a look at our Ocean bed shown in solid oak.
We use solid American oak from the eastern coastal forests of the USA and Canada. These large forests are among the best managed in the world and, due to careful management, are increasing in size.
Oak has subtle variations in tone and colour cast. These variations are responsible for the ‘life’ of our solid timber beds in comparison to the uniform, flatter colour of veneered furniture. Differences in the tight, pronounced grain pattern reflect the differences between the original trees. Small knots or burrs may be present even in the most carefully selected timber – these are part of the natural beauty of wood.
Over time oak can deepen in colour, resulting in a deep golden tone.

American black walnut beds
Take a look at our Togo Bed for an exotic example of a bed in walnut.
Again we source our walnut from the eastern coastal forests of the USA and Canada.
Walnut has a dramatic grain in tones of rich chocolate with areas of paler sapwood. The deep chocolate colour can soften over time. If you are looking to colour match with current furniture just request a timber sample from us. But where possible, if you are interested in ordering a collection of items from us, we recommend ordering them at the same time. This way they will develop in colour together.

Solid maple beds
Take a look at our Oregon bed shown in solid Maple.
The eastern coastal forests of the USA and Canada are again the source of our maple timber.
Maple is a very pale, blonde wood with a smooth grain and a contemporary appearance. Over time it can deepen to a richer, more golden shade. As with any wood, there are variations in grain and tone: part of the beauty of a natural product.
Many of our most contemporary bed styles are particularly popular in maple, such as the low level, loft-style Kulu bed or the minimalist Nevada bed.

Ash wooden beds
Take a look at our Kulu bed shown in solid Ash.
The eastern coastal forests of the USA and Canada supply our ash timber.
Ash is a light colour with a cream cast and usually shows a strong figure in the grain, some darker areas of grain can occur. Over time the tone will increase in warmth. As with any wood, there are variations in grain and tone: part of the beauty of a natural product. If you are looking to colour match with current furniture just request a timber sample from us.
Ash is a particularly popular choice for many of our classic bed designs such as the Cochin and Zanskar beds.

Beech beds
Take a look at our Java bed shown in solid beech.
We use solid beech from well-managed forests of Germany.
Beech is a light coloured timber with a slightly pinkish cast and a tight, speckled grain. Over time the colour can deepen and grow warmer in tone. As with any wood, there are variations in grain and tone: part of the beauty of a natural product. If you are looking to colour match with current furniture just request a timber sample from us.
Beech is often a popular choice for our chunky Ocean bed.

Cherry wood beds
Take a look at our Sonora bed shown in solid cherry.
The eastern coastal forests of the USA and Canada supply our cherry timber.
Cherry has a smooth grain and a reddish/brown colour, which deepens quite quickly. Small areas of lighter colour sometimes occur. Small knots or burrs may be present even in the most carefully selected timber – these are part of the natural beauty of wood.
Cherry is a bold choice and has been a popular option for our dramatic four-poster beds: The Orchid bed. and the Oasis bed.

We’ll always try and use the best-matched timbers for your bed, but please note the final colours only appear at the later stages when the timber is sanded and lacquered.

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