Types of Wood Used For Framing

All wooden frames are not created equal, although when in the market for an oval wood frame or a round wood picture frame, you may be overwhelmed with the number of choices available. In order to make sure you are getting the best frame for your art or photographs, there are a lot of factors to consider.

Placement of the frame, cost, durability,and color scheme are all things to think about when choosing a wooden frame. See below for the different types of wood typically used to make frames, and their benefits.

Hardwood vs. Softwood. There are two different types of woods commonly classified as hardwoods or softwoods. Oddly, these names have nothing to do with the actual density of the wood, but rather the outer casing of the seeds. While most hardwoods tend to be denser than softwoods, there can be hardwoods that are softer than softwoods, making them less durable, or more pliable, depending on what you’re looking for. Confusing, right? Just be sure to take into consideration the type of tree the wood is from when choosing your frame.

For rustic frames, choose Barnwood. Wood reclaimed from barns or buildings are often used for rustic frames because of their natural wood greying. They can be made from a variety of woods, but will likely be pine or oak. Achieving this color with a stain is possible, but who can beat the natural thing? Plus upcycling wood is a great way to reduce trees being cut.

For the most precious works of art or antique photos, choose cedar. Cedar is a great softwood that is not only beautiful but very functional as well. Cedarwood is a natural deterrent for moths, so if you want to protect your framed art from these pesky pests, cedar is the best choice for your frame.

Cherry wood for matching. Cherry wood has been a long time favorite for bedroom sets, and other furniture, so if you want to create a cohesive look with the rich, dark red-brown wood color, choosing a cherry wood frame is the best way to achieve this.

For durability, choose oak. Oak is extremely hard and very durable, so if you think this frame may be knocked around quite a bit by doors or little hands, oak is the best way to go. If you don’t want the lighter look of oak grain, it does take easily to stains. It’s also quite resistant to decay or rot, so it’s great for framing very long term. 

2nd Dec 2017

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