Deciding you want solid wood furniture is pretty easy. It’s durable, easy to care for, and environmentally sustainable. Once you make that decision, though, you’re faced with a few others. These are the fun questions – the ones related to what your finished furniture piece will look like.

Most of these decisions are about personal preference. What color? How large? Which style? With all the different choices, though, you might have some questions. For example, “How do I choose which wood to have my furniture made from?” To narrow down your options, ask yourself these questions:

What’s My Budget?

Some woods cost more than others. Take our classic farmhouse tables as an example. Prices start at $995 for knotty alder or rustic pine. For reclaimed wood or clear alder, the starting price goes up to $1250. Starting price for hard maple, red oak, and hickory is $1495. Black walnut is the most expensive, starting at $1750.

If you’re on a strict budget and want a dark colored wood, you’ll probably not want to go with black walnut. Instead, you might opt for a less expensive wood finished with a dark walnut stain. Click here to request a quote and get a better idea of exactly how much the table and woods you’re looking at would cost.

What Texture Do I Want?

Texture is partly determined by wood type and partly determined by finish. The wood type you choose determines what the grain will look like. Softwoods, like pine, don’t have a very pronounced wood grain and there will be visible knots. Hardwoods like alder, oak, hickory, maple, and walnut offer a more striking wood-grain. If you want more visible knots in a hardwood, choose knotty alder.

You can get all our woods with a smooth finish (though pine tables will have grooves between the boards). If you want a rough, rustic texture you have two options. You can either choose rustic pine as your wood or have us distress the wood. For rustic pine, we lightly sand to prevent splintering but don’t remove the natural rough texture and saw marks. For hand-scraped distress, we take your chosen wood and scrape and/or hammer it to create a more authentically rustic look.

Which Color Would I Like?

The natural colors of woods vary, and you can also customize the color of most woods with stains. We offer four options: natural color with a clear finish, special walnut stain, dark walnut stain, and ebony stain. The only woods we don’t stain are hickory and walnut. They’re just too beautiful to color! You can see pictures of what our woods look like with different stains by clicking here.

We also offer unfinished tables (at a $150 discount) for customers who want to stain and/or finish their tables themselves. If you’re ready to order a table or want to check out some of these woods in person, get in touch with us. We can answer your questions, get you a quote, or set up an appointment for you to visit our design center.