What is Solid Wood? Wood is commonly used to make furniture, but did you know that almost any type of wood can be used to construct home furniture. Some woods are classed as soft woods like Pine, Cedar and Spruce. These softwoods are still ideal for furniture makers, the finished product tends to be less expensive than the equivalent hardwood product. Hardwoods come from trees that grow slower making them a denser wood. These hardwoods are excellent for providing a cabinetmaker with a material that will withstand years of wear and use. The most common hardwood tends to be Solid Oak. Did you know that there are more than 60 species of oak grown in America, which can be separated into two basic varieties, white and red. The red variety is also known as black oak. Our best selling Brooklyn Oak Furniture range is made using American White Oak. Another popular hardwood found in furniture is Mahogany, also known as Honduras. Mahogany is a tropical hardwood indigenous to South America, Central America and Africa. There are many different grades and species sold under this name, which vary widely in quality and price. Mahogany which comes from the Caribbean is thought to be the hardest, strongest and best quality. Our range of La Roque Furniture is made from this strong hardwood. Other popular hardwoods that are used in furniture on our website are Sheesham, Walnut, Mango, Ash and Beech. Here at Designer Furniture we can guide you and give you information on what your desired piece of furniture is made from.