Qualities of Hickory Furniture

Hickory wood is heavy, hard, strong, dense, shock resistant, and has excellent bending properties. This combination of characteristics is not found in any other commercial wood, making hickory an excellent choice for items that may be affected by impacts. 

Look of Hickory Furniture

Hickory heartwood is a light to medium brown color with a reddish hue. The sapwood is a paler yellowish brown, creating a distinguished contrast of light and dark colors that look beautiful stained or unfinished. The color variations create a dramatic, natural look that lends itself nicely to rugged, rustic style hickory furniture. 

Samples of Stain Finishes on Hickory Wood

A very dense wood with a closed grain that is resistant to stain, hickory wood can be a challenge to finish. It takes some preparation to ready the wood for stain, but the result is outstanding hickory furniture with a natural and warm glow.

Hickory with Natural Stain


Hickory with Medium Stain


Hickory with Michaels Cherry Stain

Michael's Cherry

Hickory with Washington Stain


Hickory with Acres Stain


Hickory with Antique Slate Stain

Antique Slate

Natural Characteristics of Hickory Wood

Along with its strength, hardness, and durability, hickory wood has a coarse texture and a fine, closed grain, generally, which is usually straight but can be wavy or irregular. The hardness of hickory wood can make it difficult to work with. It is not easy to machine, saw, or work with hand tools and requires experience and know how to build with. Hickory furniture will naturally darken with age.

Hickory Wood Color Sample
Hickory Bending Qualities Example
Hickory Grain Example
Hickory Coarse Texture Example


If you have any questions about hickory furniture or hickory wood in general, please call one of our furniture specialists toll-free at 866-272-6773.

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