What is Softwood?

Softwood derives from slow-growing trees; most commonly pine, however fir, larch or spruce are also popular choices. The trees that produce softwoods are recognisable by the fact that retain their appearance during the cooler months of the year, and don't lose their leaves.

The timber used typically derives from the trunk of the tree, allowing it to be easily supplied in long lengths; ideal for use as hand rails and decking boards.

Furniture Building

Softwood is a popular choice for building furniture for a variety of reasons:

  • It has a pale colouring, with a grain that isn’t as distinct as you would expect from Hardwood. This makes it a popular choice for use in furniture applications where appearance might be important, for example shelving and cupboards.
  • It is generally a lot lighter, making transportation easier, which is particularly useful in general DIY projects
  • Tools cut through softwoods much more easily, and because the trees that they derive from are typically very straight, by nature, there is less waste.

We offer a wide range of softwood products, including:

  • Sawn Joinery
  • Small Mouldings
  • Internal Door Casing and Door Linings
  • Cladding
  • Skirting
  • Window Boards

All of which can be chosen to match your tastes, personal style or even the internal doors that you have chosen.

We offer a wide range of hand tools, including hand saws to trim your wood to size, drills to create screw and nail holes and of course any screws that you need.

Unsure which products to purchase? Your nerest branch will be happy to help answer any questions.