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What Are the Pros and Cons of an Oak Bed Frame?

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Of the many types of materials that can be used to make a bed frame, oak is perhaps one of the best choices. An oak bed frame will be made from wood that is exceptionally durable and strong, not to mention resistant to common types of damage such as chipping or cracking. Since oak is a hardwood, it is also generally resistant to water damage and bug infestation, meaning the oak bed frame is likely to last a long time, even in damp conditions. Perhaps the biggest drawback to oak is its price tag.

An oak bed frame is likely to be more expensive than bed frames made from other materials because oak is highly valued for so many applications. It is often used, for example, to create barrels for aging wine or other spirits, and it is highly valued in nautical applications such as ship building. Carving or otherwise cutting the pieces for an oak bed frame can also be difficult because oak is such a hard wood. A skilled craftsman will generally be required in order to create an attractive bed from oak lumber, which can, in turn, elevate the price of the unit.

Oak is also not the most environmentally friendly option for a bed frame. Many species of oak are considered endangered because of changing environmental conditions as well as over-harvesting, and this hardwood tree can take many decades to grow to such a size that it is useful for cultivation as lumber.

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The color of oak, as well as its prominent grain, makes an oak bed frame an exceptionally beautiful option for the bedroom. Oak grain patterns can vary significantly according to the way in which the wood is originally sawn, and quartersawn oak is highly sought-after by furniture makers as well as boatbuilders for the attractive grain. The tone of the oak can darken over time as well, further adding to the beauty of this wood.

While oak is very durable and strong, it is also very heavy, which means moving the bed can be quite difficult. Once the oak bed frame is in place, it is likely that it will stay in that location for a long time, as moving the bed without the help of another person or people can be difficult or impossible, especially with larger oak beds that feature a headboard and a footboard. The frame will need to be constructed in pieces to ensure it can be moved if necessary.

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