Cabin Furnishings Without Logs
Rustic bedroom furniture, made of reclaimed barnwood, 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…
My Favorite Rustic Beds…
Wrought Iron Bed
Cabin Bedroom Furniture Styles
Depending on the look that you want, there are many styles of rustic furniture that will go well in your cabin decor:
- Adirondack furniture – Adirondack furniture can use bent twigs or branches, geometric designs or even a painted scene on the bed headboard or the side of a dresser or night table.
- Furniture with carvings – Carvings are found in all types of rustic wood furniture. Wood carvings can help to pull your theme together in the room.
Rustic iron furniture – Just as antiques work well in a rustic cabin or lodge, rustic iron furniture does also. You may find a bed headboard or an entire bed made entirely from rustic iron.
- Antler furniture – Yes, you can find furniture that has artistically incorporated antlers into it. Often antlers are found in the headboard or foot board of a bed, but you may also find them in other rustic furniture pieces, too.
- Log furniture – Log furniture is perhaps the most traditional rustic bedroom furniture. Some pieces are very simple, but log furniture can also have details like hand carved animals or pine cones, as well.
- Metal art silhouette furniture – Often painted black, metal silhouettes like bears, deer, moose, trees and pine cones are often used on rustic furniture for the bedroom. You may find dressers, chests or night tables with silhouettes that match the figures on your headboard.
- Southwest furniture – often hand painted, this type of furniture has geometric designs that mirror American Indian designs.
- Amish furniture – noted for its quality, Amish furniture is usually fairly simple in design. Amish furniture can be handcrafted and have finely made joints. It comes in different woods, and you may be able to order custom made pieces.
Woods Used in Rustic
Some woods have a more rustic informal look, while others have a more formal polished look. Here are some of the woods that are more rustic and work well in a country lodge or cabin:
- Pine bedroom furniture – Pine, of course, is an old standby. It’s a relatively common and inexpensive wood. Pine is a relatively soft wood. If your first priority is economy, you might consider looking for rustic pine furniture with simple lines.
- Oak bedroom furniture – A hard wood, oak can take on rustic qualities if you choose the right style. Shaker furniture is simple in design and is often made in oak. And reclaimed barnwood is often oak, so in addition to getting a pretty piece with a patina, a reclaimed oak board also offers long lasting beauty and wear.
- Hickory furniture – Hickory is quite informal and can be quite rustic. It has (sometimes) wild patterns and the colors vary dramatically from piece to piece. Hickory will darken with age. If you choose hickory bedroom furniture, remember that natural (no stain) wood will give you the most dramatic effect.
- Barnwood furniture – Remember the barn wood fad during the 1970s? It was quite fashionable for people to use barn wood to refinish their recreation rooms. Well, barn wood is still “in”—but this time in rustic wood furniture. As above, it is often oak wood that is reclaimed from barns.
- Alder furniture – Alder wood has a lot of knots, and it often is finished to have lovely red tones. It looks great in a Western or Southwestern decor.
- Cedar furniture – Cedar has white and red tones in it and you might want to consider using it as a contrast to other furniture pieces. Some rustic bedroom furniture also uses aromatic cedar drawer bottoms, which can bring the lovely scent of aromatic cedar into your home.
As you can see, there isn’t just one kind of rustic bedroom furniture. You have dozens of styles and woods to choose from, and you can achieve just about any look that you’d like in your rustic log home or timber lodge.
More rustic furniture, and cabin bedding to complement it: