Different Wood Types for Benches

There is nothing better than having a relaxing little spot of calm in your own backyard. Backless benches can be a great addition to your garden. They can be put just about anywhere and add a nice touch. They can serve just about any purpose. You can place them inside your home as a seat for your table. Since they do not have a back, there is no limit to their use. You have many options when choosing the material for your backless bench. Keep reading to find out all about them. 

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Cypress is a common and durable wood choice, especially if you plan to use it outside. It is resilient against pest invasions and decay due to its natural preservative. It does not warp, split, or swell. It has a golden brown color that you can finish or not. If you do not finish it and it is used outside, it will become a gray color after time. It requires little maintenance of a coat of oil every so often. 

Ash Wood is a great choice for indoor and outdoor furniture. It is strong but flexible and will last a long time. The grain of the wood is straight and looks pale brown or yellow. If you plan to use it outside, you must finish it and put on a coating to protect it. Without it, it will begin to rot and fall prey to insects. 

Hickory is a hardwood that is heavy and dense. It has a rough and textured look to it. It gives you a rustic look if that is what you want. If you plan to keep it outside, it must be stained and coated. If the weather is bad, you should consider covering it to protect it further.

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Acacia is perfect for inside or outside as it is a heavy wood with a dark and rich red-brown color. The wood grain is patterned and swirled. It resists weathering and decay fairly well. It is recommended that you seal the wood with oil. If you seal it, it can keep its golden brown color. Otherwise, if it gets wet often, the wood will discolor. This type of wood can be found in many areas, and it easy to find. 

Teak historically has been used for building boats. It is incredibly durable as it resists pests and weather. Even if you leave it unfinished, Teak will remain durable and handle any weather. Its color changes over time if left outside. It starts as a golden brown but becomes a grayish silver. It tends to be more expensive but will last you a lifetime. You do not have to do anything to maintain Teak. It resists rot, will not warp or swell, and repels water. It can handle heavy weight without bending or splintering. It does not matter how wet it gets; it will not rot. 

Cedar comes in Northern White Cedar or Western Red Cedar. The Northern White Cedar is great for inside or outside see. It is a light color, possibly one of the lightest in the U.S. It is a pale yellow to tan, and the grain is really fine. It is durable and can withstand weather, rot, and pests. The Western Red Cedar is also suitable for outside or inside. If you leave it outside, you should finish it. Otherwise, the color will change over time while left in weather conditions. It is resistant to pests, cracking, and warping. 

North American Aspen is a soft and light wood that is stable. It will not shrink and is incredibly durable. It is resistant to pets. If you plan to leave it outside, you should consider coating it with several coats of paint to keep it protected. 

Yellow Pine is hard and dense. As its name suggests, it is a pale yellow color. It is highly resistant to decay and is incredibly strong. This makes it ideal for outside use. To increase its life and help it resist weather, consider coating it with several layers of paint.

With so many options, it is helpful to know details about the different types of wood. This can help guide your choice and make sure you select the best wood for your needs. 

Meet the Author

Karie Herring

Karie Herring rambles of a former life in Phoenix, AZ while raising a teen and tween twins in their new home in Orlando, FL. She has been featured in AOL Money & Finance, Betty Confidential and Career School Now. She's a full-time technical writer, functional fitness athlete, overachieving wife and mom. She loves talking about maneuvering motherhood, womanhood, and her passion for essential oils and natural living.

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