The Beauty of Burl Wood

Posted In Knowledge - 05/20/2019

Known worldwide by artists and craftsmen for its unique nature and beauty, burl wood has an irregular grain pattern that is highly coveted for its rarity. In furniture, it lends itself to graceful veneers and inlays that add exquisite detail to the pieces they adorn.

Often found on traditional furnishings, this distinctive wood is finding its way into contemporary designs as well. Here are just a few ways to add burl wood to your home:

Dining Tables

There’s perhaps no better place to showcase the distinct beauty of burl wood than the smooth top of an expansive dining room table.

Servers and China Cabinets

Complement a dining room with storage that adds flair. Servers, sideboards, and china cabinets that boast burl wood veneers add elegance to any space. For modern homes, look for streamlined silhouettes and sleek finishes. In traditional rooms, carved accents and ornate details complement the burl wood pattern and create a classic appeal.

Modern and Contemporary Accents

Whether to add a dramatic statement or subtle interest, burl wood grain is very much at home in modern and contemporary homes. The nightstands pictured above show two elegant burl wood pieces with very different approaches to style.


In rich wood or champagne glaze, burl wood veneers and inlays enhance classic wood pieces. Burl wood casegood pieces can be finished in deep wood stains, natural varnishes, or stunning glazes that add create drama.

Unexpected Accents

Because of its reputation and beauty, burl wood pops up in unexpected places. It adds an unexpected premium accent to this leather reclining sofa where a fold-down console includes a tray boasting this rich, unusual grain pattern.

Showcased on casegoods such as dining room tables and bedroom dressers, burl wood is also found on stately home office desks and living room table sets. However, this distinctive wood adds an exquisite accent to any surface it graces.  You never know where you will see it pop up.

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