Hardwood Bed Frames – The Choices

Our Hardwood Bed Options - Cherry - Handmade by Get Laid Beds

At Get Laid Beds we specialise in the manufacture of handmade wooden bed frames. As a standard option, all of our bed frames are made from 100% solid Scandinavian pine. However, we do also have upgraded luxury hardwood options available which include oak, ash, cherry, maple, beech, walnut or sapele (mahogany substitute). With this choice, many people may wonder what would be the best choice for them – so we have compiled some information about our luxury hardwood options.

1) Oak

Oak is a native wood typically found in the British Isles and Ireland, it is abundant in most conditions except marshy conditions or very light or chalky soils. Having a density of 0.75g/cm3 – higher than most of common woods, it comprises great strength and hardness, making it extremely suitable for a variety of uses and purposes. Since the middle ages, Oak has been prized for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings and used in the construction of fine furniture. Until the 19th century, Oak was the principal timber used in the construction of timber-framed buildings and today, it is still used for those purposes as well as fine furniture and flooring. Because of its durable nature and easy on the eye aesthetics, it is the most popular material for hardwood bed frames.

2) Ash

The Ash tree is the third most common tree species in Britain and is sometimes the dominant tree in a wood. It is a deciduous broadleaf tree which produces strong and flexible Ash Wood. Apart from its elegant finish, Ash wood is versatile and can be used in a variety of applications from tools, to sports equipment to furniture including quality beds. It Is odour free, easy to handle, can take to nails and screws easily and although it is hard, it can bend well if required. It has one of the best weight to strength ratio’s which is why it is often used in Baseball bats. These are just some of the reasons why we have included the option to have your brand new hardwood bed frame in Ash.

3) Cherry

For years the Cherry tree has been used for a variety of things because of its many desirable properties. The primary use is obviously the fruit – cherries have been actively cultivated as far back as 800BC and since then the world demands has only ever increased. Interestingly it is often used for smoking meats because of its distinct and pleasant odour and flavour. Cherry Wood is widely know and accepted to look especially elegant in handmade beds where the rewards for attention to detail and stylish designs can be reaped. It is for this reason we have included it into our range and we are seeing countless sales being made to people who require that something special in their bedroom.

4) Maple

Hard maple is a strong and hard wearing wood that stains and finishes well. It is one of the strongest and durable hardwoods that we have available – being 60 percent harder than white oak. It has an excellent resistance to abrasion, indentation and shock which is this dense wood is often called ‘nature’s perfect flooring’. Some of the larger Maple species have valuable timber – it is often graded highly on both physical and aesthetic characteristics. In the past, and even currently it has been used for things such as bowling pins, pool cue shafts and baseball bats and with its highly decorative wood grain it deserves its place on our list of Hardwood Beds we now use for our wooden beds.

5) Beech

Beech is another durable and tough hardwood which is why we think it suits our high quality handmade wooden beds and is a popular choice for such furniture. Unlike synthetic materials, when looked after, beech wooden beds can age beautifully continuing to look elegant and making a bold statement in the bedroom. Carpenters and woodworkers alike love to work with the material – it is a heavy material however, compared to similar hardwoods it is relatively easy to work against the grain.

6) Walnut

The benefits of using the walnut is that is a strong, hard and durable wood that is able to be carved a lot easier than other hardwood options and it manages to hold its shape well over the years. This would make walnut an ideal choice of intricate wood work. In the 17th and 18th century, Europe frequently used walnut to make cabinets and other pieces of furniture because of these properties. Contemporary furniture now tends to be made with walnut veneers rather than solid walnut because of the cost – however, at Get Laid Beds, we are proud to boast that any of our beds in walnut would be made from solid hardwood to ensure a high quality, durable and attractive product. If cared for properly, walnut furniture can last an entire lifetime, making it a perfect investment.

7) Sapele (Mahogany Substitute)

Unfortunately, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) almost all types of mahogany trees are endangered and nearly commercially extinct within South America. To ensure that we can keep this magnificent hardwood growing and developing, we use a wood that is almost identical to mahogany but that is sustainable to source and ensures that none of the finish is lost. Sapele is a reddish-brown wood that is very similar to mahogany in many ways. The most remarkable feature about sapele is that the grain is interlocked and changes direction in frequent intervals. Before WWI the principal demand for this wood came from Germany where it was used for decorative cabinet work. Sapele is also one of Europe’s most desired woods in manufacturing doors, windows and hardwood flooring and has a wide variety of applications. It is also very popular as a decorative surface for high-grade furniture and it makes an excellent alternative to genuine mahogany. Sapele also features even more durability than true mahogany and combines this durability with the strength of oak, making it perfect for use in intricate designs for beds, larger sized beds and any other large furniture ideas.

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