What makes furniture sustainable?

Wood is a timeless and versatile material that has been a staple in furniture and decor for centuries. 

And yet, among the various options in the market, walnut and suar wood stand out as popular choices, with each possessing unique characteristics that cater to different tastes and needs. 

With that said, this certainly begs the question – which wood is the best choice for your space?

In this article, we will delve into the rich world of walnut and suar wood to help you find the ideal wood for your living, working, or recreational spaces.

Differences between Walnut and Suar Wood




Scientific name

Juglans Nigra and Juglans regia 

Albizia Saman and Samanea Saman


Ranging from dark brown to honey-white

Ranging from light brown to dark chocolate-brown

Grain Pattern

Straight with the occasional swirls and burls

Irregular with the occasional knots 


  • Durable and highly stable 
  • Naturally resists decay and fights infection
  • Absorbs shocks and impacts well
  • Does not tend to warp, shrink or crack over time
  • Resistance to scratches and scuffs
  • Highly durable hardwood
  • Highly resistant to decay and termites
  • Does not tend to warp, shrink or crack over time
  • Resistance to scratches and scuffs


High-quality furniture, flooring, and cabinetry

Live-edge tables, benches, and outdoor furniture



Natural, rustic 

Colour and Aesthetics 

With its roots stretching across continents like North America, Europe, and Asia, the hallmark of walnut wood lies in its rich, deep brown hues (with some variations such as honey-white) that create a luxurious and timeless aesthetic.

Walnut has a fine, straight grain pattern, interspersed with occasional swirls and burls, giving the furniture (or flooring) a more dramatic and sophisticated look.

On the other hand, suar wood hails from Southeast Asia and boasts a wider range of shades, from light brown to dark chocolate, bringing warmth to any space. 

The wood’s natural lustre and irregular grain patterns, coupled with the occasional knots and variations, make any creation of suar wood a unique piece of art.

Durability and Hardness

While walnut wood may not be the hardest out there, it still exhibits excellent durability and stability. 

Due to its medium density, walnut wood can absorb shocks and impact as well as being less prone to warping, which makes it a reliable choice for furniture that stands the test of time.

In contrast, suar wood is known for its hardness and durability, with a strong resistance to decay, pests (such as termites) and elements. It’s an excellent choice as outdoor furniture, for it can withstand various weather conditions.


Although walnut wood is generally sourced sustainably, due to its popularity, there are concerns about overharvesting. Therefore, it’s imperative to verify the source before making a purchase to ensure eco-friendly purchases!

Just like walnut, suar wood is often harvested from sustainable plantations as many manufacturers prioritise responsible harvesting and plantation to ensure the longevity of this prized timber.

At Woodslab, we’re committed to bringing you the finest of suar and black walnut wood while minimising our carbon footprint. Rest assured, our wood slabs are sustainably harvested by trusted partner factories and certified by local authorities, ensuring we respect the forest’s natural balance.

Versatility and Applications

So, we’ve come to the most important question – which is better for your space?

Due to walnut wood‘s luxurious appearance, it can seamlessly integrate into various design styles.  Walnut is often a favourite for high-end furniture, cabinetry, and flooring as it can take on a smooth finish, which makes the furniture aesthetically functional.

Unlike traditional walnut, the natural and rustic charm of suar wood is more appealing in both contemporary and traditional design schemes. 

In particular, suar is a popular choice for furniture craftsmanship, such as live-edge tables, benches, and outdoor pieces to bring an exotic vibe to the space.

Get Your Own Timeless, Quality Wooden Table From Woodslab!


Our wooden furniture is built for life with high-quality materials that are sustainably sourced and harvested through our trusted partner factory and are certified by local authorities.

Meticulously handmade and designed to be timeless, our pieces also come with complimentary in-house customised alterations and a one-year guarantee on structural integrity. 

We also have a dedicated and experienced team, always ready to offer personal advice and insight into the distinctive traits of each wood type for your furniture. 

Once you’ve chosen your perfect match, we will tailor the finish, size, or features to your precise preferences!

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