Our Timbers

At Natural Bed Company, for our wooden beds, we only use timber from sustainable sources and never use endangered tropical hardwoods. All our timber is from a legally certified source and purchased under the EUTR (European Union Timber Regulation). Our pine is from Scandinavia and our hardwoods – ash, oak, maple, cherry, walnut and beech are from the USA or northern Europe.

Buying timber from managed forests ensures that new trees are planted and the cycle of planting, growth and harvest can continue. We think it is important that the amazing natural resource of timber should be used to make furniture that will last. Timber for the mass produced furniture from China and the Far East may be logged with no regard for the sustainability of the immediate environment or the future of the planet.

Most of our customers order their bed in a hardwood, but we also offer most of our beds in pine – we’re aware that people have different budgets and we want to make our designs as accessible as possible.

For more information about selecting the right timber for you please take a look at our blog

Ash

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 as shown on the Nevada table top. See also the Kulu wooden bed page.

Beech

beech timber

Beech is a light coloured timber with a slightly pinkish cast and a tight, speckled grain. See also the Java wooden bed page

Cherry

cherry timber

Cherry has a smooth grain and a reddish/brown colour which deepens quite quickly. Small areas of lighter colour sometimes occur. See also the Sonora wooden bed page.

Maple

maple timber

Maple is a very pale wood with a smooth grain and a contemporary appearance. See also the Oregon bed.

Oak

oak timber

Oak has a generally consistent colour with a tight, pronounced grain. See also the, NevadaCochin and Kyoto wooden beds pages.

Pine

pine timber

Pine can be clear lacquered, or stained and lacquered in a variety of colours. Please take a look at the Kobe bed.

Walnut

walnut timber

Walnut has a dramatic grain, a rich chocolate coloured grain with lighter stripes at times.
See also the Malabar, Orchid, and Senegal beds

Lacquers & Stains

Clear lacquer enhances the natural beauty of the wood, bringing out the colour and detail in the grain.

The following stained finishes on pine broaden the colour range:

White Wash

white washed pine timber

White Wash – a very attractive treatment to reduce the darkening and yellowing that normally occurs over time.

Antique Pine

antique pine stained timber

A rich tone to emulate aged pine wood.

Wenge

wenge pine stained timber

A dark espresso toned stain, a popular choice for the Kyoto and Kumo wooden beds. See example: the Kumo bed.

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