Savvy Rest platform beds are made with style and function in mind, but using natural materials and providing a durable product are equally important. We’ve covered all the bases with our Afton and Esmont platform beds.
The root of these products starts with literal roots—trees. We source two different types of wood: maple and poplar. Learn why we chose to use maple and poplar in our designs, and how they result in superior furniture frames.
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Poplar is found in our natural platform beds and platform bed insert. It’s sourced from Virginia as well as West Virginia and grows straight up like a telephone pole. Poplar is used for the ledger and slats, so the internal parts of the furniture piece.
We like the fact that it’s local and one of the lightest hardwoods.
The hard maple wood we use is sourced from Pennsylvania and further north. When you place your mattress on top of the platform bed or insert, every visible part of the furniture piece is maple.
Maple holds our zero-VOC stains beautifully. If we were to only use poplar in our beds, it wouldn’t have that same vibrant, pristine finish. But other furniture companies, unfortunately, don’t seem to mind.
“Some companies use poplar wood strictly for their furniture,” Judd, our Product Developer and Woodshop Manager explains. “However, then they have to use some pretty nasty dyes to make it look like other wood.”
We use maple for the center support beam of our platform beds, as well, because it is an overall sturdier wood than poplar.
You can also find maple in our solid hardwood coffee tables and benches. These gorgeous furniture pieces come with the same zero-VOC stain options as our platform beds and are available with or without a shelf.