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Pine or Cedar? Choose the Right Wood for Your Bedroom!

Choosing Between Pine and Cedar Wood for the Bedroom

Pine and cedar are among two of the most popular choices when it comes to rustic furniture. But while both are considered to be “soft woods,” they each have their own unique properties and characteristics. When selecting bedroom furniture, this detail could impact your choice when deciding on the right kind of wood you want your rustic furniture to be made from.

Here’s a breakdown of what each of these woods brings to the table, so you can have a better idea of what kind of wood will work best in your home’s bedrooms.

Why Choose Pine?

There are several members of the pine family, including the light-colored Parana and Lodgepole Pines, and milky white Eastern White Pine. All the varieties of pine are moderately strong and lightweight, but some are hardier than others. For this reason, Eastern White Pine and Parana Pine are the most common types of pine wood used to build furniture.

Pine wood is most recognized for its straight and uniform grain with the occasional brown knot. It can also be porous, so it does require sealing with a water-based or oil-based polyurethane in order to prevent the wood from absorbing any moisture.  

As pine ages, it develops a nice patina, so the furniture you start off with will ultimately look slightly different the longer you own it. As far as cons go, because pine is a softwood, it can also be prone to dents, scratches, and nicks.

Why Choose Cedar?

Cedar is best known for its rich aroma and for its ability to resist shrinking, swelling, rot, and insects. For these reasons, it is a common wood used to make outdoor furniture, decks, and fences. But it is equally at home inside your house in places like the bedroom.

The most common type of cedar used to make furniture is called clear cedar. This type of wood has a natural reddish-brown color that’s peppered with dark-toned knots. It also has the classic cedar aroma and can withstand fluctuations in temperatures and humidity.

Aromatic cedar is what is most often used to line drawers, closets, and cedar chests. This is ideal because of all the cedars, this one has the strongest scent, which helps repel moths and other pests. Because it can withstand high-moisture environments, aromatic cedar is what is commonly used in spas and saunas, too.

Order Custom Pine or Cedar Bedroom Furniture From Log Furniture Place

Log Furniture Place makes rustic bedroom furniture from a wide range of woods, including both pine and cedar. If you are looking for an heirloom-quality piece or you want something custom-made, we can help you out.  

We are confident you’ll discover we offer some of the best prices for custom-made pine and cedar wood bedroom furniture and accessories, from bedframes to nightstands and dressers. Our quality, service, and prices are why we're the top rustic wood furniture store online. Shop our entire inventory online or contact us today to learn about our customization options. We work tirelessly to ensure your complete satisfaction, and we back up that commitment with a solid warranty.