The Difference Between Mango Wood and Sheesham Wood Furniture

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:44

While both have seemingly similar features, there is a marked difference between mango wood and Sheesham wood which goes beyond the superficial, and if you’re unsure of which option to choose, read on to find out more about each of these fantastic timber sources, so that you can figure out which one is the right option for you.

Sheesham Wood

Originally from India, Sheesham wood trees typically grow near the riverside, and can ascend to a whopping height of 30 metres. Indian natives refer to Sheesham as Indian rosewood, thanks to its sleek rosy finish which makes for truly unique and attractive pieces that are smooth to the touch and beautiful to the eye. Sheesham wood is the kind of dense and hardy wood that makes for long lasting fine furniture and wooden flooring, and one of its most defining characteristics is the rustic appearance which is beautifully complemented by its rich color and distinctive patina. Some of the most popular uses for sheesham wood include the manufacturing of living room furniture, bedroom furniture, cabinets, wardrobes, dining tables and other sturdy furniture pieces. Sheesham wood requires very little maintenance except the occasional wipe here and there to remove accumulated dust. Unfortunately it doesn’t do well with paints and is better left alone to its natural color, which is exquisite anyway.

It’s also interesting to note that sheesham wood comes in three varities, namely; heart wood, sapwood and timber. The heartwood is the most expensive type but is very durable and takes on a darker appearance, which is in stark contrast to the more fragile sapwood with a lighter color tone. The timber version is resilient, with a natural sheen, and is usually available at an accessible price point. Sheesham may not be water resistant but it is moisture resistant and is lauded for its long lasting durability.

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Mango Wood

Mango wood is fashioned from an evergreen tropical tree that provides one of the most popular tropical fruits in the world. This makes it one of the most environmentally friendly timber sources around, because it’s always in demand and serves more than one purpose. Mango furniture is highly durable and water resistant, which makes it ideal for making outdoor furniture to supply tropical regions with frequent rainy seasons. On the downside, mango wood requires a very stringent manufacturing process or else it ends up highly susceptible to fungi over time, and very few furniture manufacturers know how to follow this strict process to produce high quality and long lasting mango wood furniture. On the bright side, mango wood is a very soft hardwood when compared to others, and can easily be combined with tougher materials like wrought iron to strengthen its quality while creating something truly unique. Apart from occasional polishing, maintaining mango wood is a breeze and typically requires a small amount of warm water and a soft cloth.

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Difference between Sheesham wood and Mango wood

-       Unlike Sheesham wood, mango wood is lightweight and easy to carry, and abides well to different types of paint, which makes it ideal for anyone who enjoys frequently moving their furniture to change their décor.

-       Sheesham has a high grain capacity, which makes it more durable in comparison to mango wood.

-       For those who prefer lighter furniture with a minimalist appeal, mango wood is an ideal choice, as it’s widely used for making corner tables, coffee tables and chairs, whereas sheesham wood is heavier and not as mobile.

-       Mango wood is water resistant, whereas sheesham wood is not

-       Sheesham wood requires less maintenance when compared to mango wood, which needs to be polished regularly to maintain its integrity and quality

-       Mango wood adheres well to paint and can be customised easily, whereas sheesham wood should ideally be left as is, because it doesn’t respond well to paint

-       Sheesham wood is resistant to pests and fungi, while mango wood can be susceptible to fungi when not properly manufactured

-      Mango wood is pliable and can be shaped into differently designed furniture pieces that look more like unique art pieces than furniture, which is more than could be said for sheesham wood, which is harder to shape and augment.

-        Sheesham wood is long lasting and resistant to moisture, whereas mango wood needs to be replaced every 15 years or so

The Verdict

“If you’re looking for good quality hardwood with a natural sheen and smooth finish and little to no maintenance requirements, then sheesham wood is the way to go. However, those looking for lighter and more pliable furniture that can adhere to paint and different shapes, then mango wood is your ideal option,” suggests Rajiv from vertyfurniture. At the end of the day, the choice is yours because you have to live with the furniture in your home, but we hope that we’ve empowered you with enough knowledge on these two types of wood to make the best choice for your needs and preferences.

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