Rustic wood types vary greatly, but there are some woods that make some rustic furniture really stand out from the rest. A common tactic in rustic style furniture is to use Mexican pine, a cheap alternative to some of the more traditional hardwoods traditionally used to make rustic furniture.
Today, we wanted to highlight some of the best rare woods available to make “real” rustic furniture. At Rustic Rarehouse, we carry furniture pieces made from each of these wood types.
Let’s take a look at each one and what makes them so great for rustic furniture.
Rustic Rarehouse carries many different mango furniture pieces in the store. Mango wood is popular with furniture because it resembles more traditional woods in appearance. Mango is most commonly found in India, South East Asia, Brazil, Mexico and some parts of Australia. Mango has very similar characteristics to oak. Its dense nature makes it known for its durability, but it is still easy to work with and stain. It’s usually more affordable than traditional woods, but it’s also completely sustainable. Mango wood naturally features colors in shades of pink, brown and green in diverse patterns.
Many rustic style furniture stores no longer carry teak wood. A native of India and Southeast Asia, teak is a very hard wood and thus, not always easy to work with. However, it makes great rustic furniture that stands the test of time. While it is often stained to feature a golden brown color, it also makes a beautiful silver-gray color when left to dry out. A huge benefit of teak wood is that it is resistant to termites and other insects. Taken furniture makes a grat addition to any home or setting and will likely last a lifetime if taken care of.
Another favorite wood for real rustic furniture is elm. Like teak, elm is very strong and durable and will maintain its integrity for a long time. Commonly found in North America, It naturally features gray tones with a hint of violet. It also has a natural interlocked pattern that makes it highly resistant to splitting. Because of this it is often used to make butcher block tops and cutting boards. Even though it is a very strong wood, furniture builders like using elm because of its flexibility, as it is a great choice for curved features on furniture pieces.
One of the most popular hardwoods for making beautiful furniture is rosewood. Rosewood is native to Brazil and Central America, as well as India and Africa. It can be found in shades of dark brown to rich reds, which make it ideal for furniture and even instruments. It is a hard, tough and very strong wood with an attractive wood grain. However, it is often a very heavy wood which can deter some furniture makers from using it. If you’re looking for that stand-out piece of furniture, consider rosewood. It is highly resistant to wear and tear and will maintain its beauty for a long time.
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Peroba Rosa, but this rare hardwood is fantastic for making gorgeous rustic furniture. Native to Brazil and parts of Argentina, it features a natural brownish yellow to dark brown color. It is a strong wood, comparable to oak and finishes well. It is often used to make fine furniture and even flooring. Rustic Rarehouse is one of the only local carriers of Peroba Rosa and we carry a large selection of pieces to choose from.
If you want to browse our selection of rare wood furniture pieces, come by and see us! We have two showrooms featuring furniture pieces for every room of your house. See you soon!