Cabin Furniture Construction
Log bedroom furniture often has logs built into it, especially on the corners. When choosing accessories for your bedroom, look for straight logs and strong joinery.
However, if the logs are decorative (as in a rustic bed), they can have interesting twists and shapes, to add rustic appeal.
Artisans join rustic log furniture with notches built into the logs, with pegs, or with metal fasteners that are not visible on the outside.
Log furniture is handcrafted and it is often a very high quality of workmanship.
Wood Used in Rustic Log Furniture
Pine Log Furniture
By far your most economical wood choice for log cabin furniture, pine log furniture is common. Two kinds of pine are used in log furniture: lodge pole pine and knotty white pine. White pine is grown in the northern U.S., and lodge pole pine is grown in the western U.S.
While white pine is a strong wood, southern yellow pine is pithy and lacks strength. Color wise, white pine is a creamy white when new, and it develops a yellow patina as it ages.
You can find cabinets, furniture, knotty pine paneling, tongue and groove wood planking and small accessories made from white pine.
White pine is not as sensitive to moisture content as other woods, and it does not swell or shrink a lot when humidity changes. Furniture made from white pine does not bend and warp easily, with temperature fluctuations and high humidity.
Pine log furniture looks fantastic in a rustic bedroom.
Lodge Pole Pine
Lodge pole pine gets it name from its use in Native American tee pees or lodges. Typically a teepee had 15-18 lodge pole pines in its structure.
The native Americans used these pines because they are straight, easy to transport, and relatively thin. In coastal areas of the northwestern U.S. and Canada, there are bent pines, as well.
Cedar Log Furniture
The rich color variances in cedar–along with the delicious aroma and natural pest-repellent properties–make cedar an excellent choice if you’re looking for a log bedroom set with dramatic flair.
In fact, you can even have a house built with cedar logs. They do cost a little more, but some people prefer cedar to other kinds of logs.
Aspen Log Furniture
Aspen wood is noted for its pale silvery and golden amber hues, making it an interesting choice for your log furniture. You will find that aspen wood often serves as an interesting contrast with your log walls and wood floors.
No matter what wood you choose for your log bedroom furniture, your furniture will be solid and comfortable—and it will have you “sawing logs” in style!
Bedroom Furniture without Logs
Rustic bedroom furniture, made of reclaimed barn wood, hickory, oak or pine, can give you the casual elegance or hunting camp simplicity that you want for your cabin. Without logs.
Let’s face it. Not everyone wants log furniture. Fortunately there are a number of great alternatives, keeping the rustic theme, without the bulky look of logs.
And the bedroom, your private domain, is where you can use your imagination, to create a special romantic retreat…