Explore Different Types of Wood Furniture

Discover the most popular types of wood used for furniture. We've created a furniture wood types infographic to help you find the best fit for your space. Whether you prefer hardy walnut or warm mahogany. Keep scrolling to learn about the best wood species for furniture!

Infographic: top types of wood furniture

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Walnut is extremly durable, which makes it a choice wood type for furniture. In North America, walnut grows from Vermont to the Great Plains and south through Louisiana and Texas. It's color varies from white to dark brown, and it's known for its large burls. Common types include: Brazilian walnut, Caribbean walnut, black walnut and North American walnut wood.

Fun fact: Because of its durable nature, maple was used to make airplane propellers in World War I.


Maple is found primarily in the Great Lakes region. Its color ranges from cream to reddish-brown, but it takes dark stains especially well. So, maple wood can easily be stained to resemble more expensive wood like mahogany. Maple wood has a straight grain with occasional bird's-eye or fiddleback patterns. Hard maple usually has a lighter color while soft maple tends to be slightly darker.

Fun fact: Many scholars believe maple was used to build the inner frame of the Trojan horse.


Mahogany is native to Mexico, Central and South America, but it's grown throughout the tropics. Its color varies from pale to pink to reddish-brown with a generally straight grain.

Fun fact: Mahogany is often used in musical instruments, giving the sound a rich, warm tone.


Birch grows in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions and along the Appalachians. its color ranges from cream to light reddish-brown with a fine grain.

Fun fact: Howard Hughes' famous H-4 Hercules aircraft, known as the "Spruce Goose," was actually made of birch.

Check out our Know Your Wood Types blog post to learn more!