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.
Beech is a light coloured timber with a slightly pinkish cast and a tight, speckled grain. See also the Java wooden bed page
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.
Pine can be clear lacquered, or stained and lacquered in a variety of colours. Please take a look at the Kobe bed.
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 – a very attractive treatment to reduce the darkening and yellowing that normally occurs over time.
A dark espresso toned stain, a popular choice for the Kyoto and Kumo wooden beds. See example: the Kumo bed.