When choosing the right bunk bed for your child, the matter of the wood type is important. While many people think of the wood type as a secondary consideration to matters like appearance or sturdiness, the wood type plays a bigger role than you might think. Let’s take a closer look at the different wood types used in beds and why ours is the superior choice.
What are the different wood types used in beds?
There are two main types of woods used in furniture on the market today. There are hardwoods and what are considered softwoods as well as manufactured and real solid woods. There are a few ways these differences matter.
- Manufactured woods are woods not made from natural sources as in not harvested from a tree. They are options like plywood and particle boards called chipboard or fiberboard. Rather than being one complete piece of wood, manufactured woods are made up of smaller chips of wood into one solid piece. Manufactured woods are the cheapest in price, but they have very little else to offer, especially for use in furniture. It can’t be stained with much success. It is flimsy and isn’t strong enough to support the needs of a bunk bed. It also doesn’t last very long due to this lack of durability.
- Solid wood is real wood that has been harvested from real trees. Solid wood is sturdy and offers a more attractive appearance because it can be smoothed and stained. This type of wood is also incredibly durable because it is one piece instead of several pieces together. It is more expensive than manufactured wood, but it also lasts longer.
- Hardwoods and softwoods are both solid or real, non-manufactured woods, but there are a few differences. Hardwoods are usually on the higher end of the price spectrum because they are harder and therefore longer lasting whereas softwoods are still good quality but they are more affordable.
What kind of wood do we use at Bunk Bed Kings?
We use only quality pine on our bunk beds. Pine is a solid wood, so you get the quality you deserve in terms of longevity. Pine is also a softwood which works to your advantage because it is lightweight enough you can easily move it without the worry of it being flimsy or poor quality. We use pine because it is a lot easier to stain and paint that hardwoods like mahogany which can be difficult to treat.