You can buy a variety of different types of pieces in an unfinished furniture store. Why buy unfinished bedroom or dining furniture? There are a number of reasons but the main one would probably be the fact that you can finish the product in whatever way you wish. You can paint, polish, varnish, French polish or bleach the unfinished wood to produce a unique piece of furniture for a reasonable cost.

When buying wood furniture, you will need to know what type of wood it is so that you can pick the most appropriate finish. Wood is generally divided into three types being hardwood, softwood and manmade wood. Funnily enough although the names suggest otherwise, they do not signify the strength of the wood. The classification depends on the type of tree the wood originated from i.e. softwood comes trees with needlepoint leaves e.g. Evergreen trees while hardwood originates from the deciduous varieties.

Mahogany, maple, teak, walnut and oak would be well known kinds of hardwood and pine is softwood although its proper name is Deal. Cedar and Yew would also be well known softwoods. Unfinished furniture made from the hardwoods is normally more expensive.

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Walnut in particular is considered one of the finest woods to be used in furniture making. The timber can be difficult to work with but the natural grains and patterns are so beautiful it is worth it. Walnut should never be painted but would suit being varnished to highlight its natural beauty.

A lot of the bare wood pieces you see in the unfinished furniture store will be made from American whitewood more commonly known as Poplar. This hardwood varies in color from white to soft brown. It is fairly featureless especially when compared to wood such as walnut but it stains well and is relatively inexpensive. There is a plentiful supply making it ideal for using in all forms of modern furniture.

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