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Wooden Furniture Guide


Wooden beds are very flexible and versatile, offering a particularly strong structure to last the long haul. Wooden beds bring many benefits to your home, from the robustness of the materials to the timelessness of the design – it is safe to say wooden beds will never leave fashion, and new designs of wood variations are introduced to the wooden bed range here at Happy Beds regularly.

Is it Real?

One of the most commonly asked questions when shopping for a wooden bed or furniture item is whether or not the wood is authentic. The description of a product will always state the materials used and if it states as a pine, oak or other authentic wooden structure then the item is most likely real wood. To check the authenticity of a wood, be sure to:

Check the description of the product, as this will always detail the wood type used
Familiarise yourself with the price, as authentic wood is usually more expensive
Look out for words such as MDF, as these detail wooden substitute materials

Types of Wood

It is very easy to underestimate the wide range of wood types available across the bed industry, however believe it or not, there are much more variations than the commonly-used wooden types (pine and oak). Throughout this guide, you can familiarise yourself with every wood type used within the bed industry and the qualities it will offer – you may even come across some forms that you have never even considered when shopping for the perfect bed.


A light coloured wood with red tones, described as a hardwood material with high strength ability. Beech wood is considered medium-to-hard on the strength scale of hardwood variations, and can withstand shock or damage well.


One of the main woods used in bed design, and is categorised as a hardwood material. Oak wood is available in a range of colours and finishes, whilst being known for its heavy weight and durability.


Stands for medium-density fibreboard and is a common substitute of wood used in bed and furniture construction. MDF is known to last a long period of time, and is usually more cost-effective as a wood material substitute.

Softwood vs. Hardwood

It can be very easily misinterpreted that the difference between softwood and hardwood is entirely down to strength, with many assuming that softwood is a weaker version of hardwood and is therefore inferior in bed design. This is untrue, as the difference between the two wood types stems from where the wood is extracted from, the expense and the appearance of the wood.


Softwood is taken from trees such as pine, fir and cedar. Usually more affordable than hardwood materials, softwood is believed to be much more sustainable through specialist tree farms which are designed for wood material supply, and therefore does not harm the environment through deforestation of naturally occurring trees. Types of softwood include the likes of pine, cedar, fir and spruce.


Hardwood comes in a wide range of textures and designs, creating a luxurious appearance and offering a unique style. It is not strictly true that hardwood materials will last a longer time than softwood, however hardwood beds do tend to be more expensive due to the materials used and the quality of the wood. Types of hardwood include birch, maple, red oak and mahogany.

The Quality Test

If you are still feeling lost in direction of which wood type will make the best bed for you, there are various tests of quality which you can consider in evaluating each wood type. You don’t need to be an expert to identify the effectiveness or quality of a particular type of wood, you just need to consider: durability, resistance, safety, weight, colour and appearance.

Toughness and durability:

Hardwoods and wood types which are heavier, will usually offer more resistance and durability over time. You need to consider if the wood will withstand shock and weight, as beds are a frequently used item which need to stand strong.


Particularly for wooden beds, it is vital to identify whether the materials used are fire resistant. It is a general rule of identification that the denser wood types are higher in fire resistance. Another important factor of safety is water permeability, as wood must not absorb water efficiently as this will lead to decay and potential collapsing of the bed structure.


Many wood types such as oak and pine can be finished with paint or colour staining to create a unique and modern appearance, whereas others are simply finished in wax to preserve the natural effect. Each natural wood type has its own colour, texture and finish which will appeal to different personal tastes – it is important to compare the wooden finishes to identify which will suit your home and personality the most.

If you are considering a wooden bed or furniture item, be sure to familiarise yourself with the Happy Beds' Wooden Bed and Furniture Care Guide for all of the tips and tricks of how to best maintain the appearance and quality of your bed.