The Best Wood for Bed Slats

Written by bryan cohen
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While it is becoming easier and easier to purchase a bed from a furniture store, sometimes the slats that come with the bed are inadequate. Also, some people may want to create a bed using their own hands to cut cost or just for the fun of it. There are many different types of wood that can be used for bed slats but only a few can be classified as the strongest of the bunch.

Southern Yellow Pine

While many stores will recommend that you use any type of pine for your slats, one of the strongest pines is the Southern yellow pine. This wood came into the news as it was one of the few trees to almost completely withstand the wind and water damage of Hurricane Katrina. Southern yellow pine has high crushing and bending strength with a moderate ability to resist shock loads.

Douglas Fir

Douglas fir is an attractive wood that has been used in many homes and furniture projects. This light-coloured wood has a vertical grain that gives it a uniform appearance and makes it very tough to twist or warp when being worked on. Douglas fir can be used on flooring, moulding, panelling and exterior siding, so you will have plenty of uses for it if you must buy in bulk. The tree is known to withstand high loads and has even been used in home-built aircraft.

Yellow Poplar

Poplar trees can be found throughout the United States and the tree makes up over 11 per cent of the U.S. hardwoods that are available commercially. The wood is easy to work on as it has few problems when trying to plane, machine, bore or glue. This strong wood has been used in furniture, carvings, musical instruments and light construction. It holds the colour of stain well and is widely available.

Red Oak

The most abundant tree group that grows in Eastern hardwood forests, the red oak is an extremely strong wood. Red oak has a powerful wear resistance and crushing strength. Over a third of the hardwoods available in the United States come from the red oak. You will find red oak used in doors, furniture, kitchen cabinets and panelling. This wood was important in the development of the United States as it helped to create wheels, sleepers, ploughs and barrels.


The wood of the hickory tree was part of the first aeroplane flown by the Wright Brothers and it has a reputation of being a hard and strong wood. The wood does not bend easily as it has a high shock resistance and is quite resilient. Hickory does have a tendency to split, so it is important to prebore the wood. Hickory is also the heaviest of all the American hardwoods. Hickory trees that bear fruit are known as pecan trees.

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