Guest Post: Wood Types For Making a Log Bed
When I decided that I wanted to build my own log bed I did a lot of research on the best kinds of logs to use. I wanted a kind of log that was both gorgeous to look at (since my log bed would be the focal point of my bedroom) and also was strong enough to last many years.
I wasn’t at all surprised by most expert opinions that I read, which suggested that Aspen logs are the most ideal logs used for beds made with that classic rustic look that I was looking for. Aspen log beds are very sturdy and the logs have such incredibly unique and beautiful patterns. Aspens in their natural state are very sturdy and hearty trees, so this makes them perfect for furniture making.
A less expensive option was pine logs. Pine is a soft wood which is used in many different types of furniture and has its own special simplicity in its texture. White and red pine are two of the most often used varietals. Pine logs have deep brown knots that adds to the beauty of the wood.
I even came across some builders who had constructed their bed frames out of cedar, which is light and has beautiful tightly knotted texture. Red and white cedar are both popular options for carpentry, and of course nothing beats that outdoorsy aroma that cedar possesses.
There is always the option to use maple logs or oak logs to make your log bed, although they won’t have the stereotypical look that you might be looking to create, they are both extremely durable and strong, which has made them popular with builders of furniture for centuries.