Softwoods come from coniferous trees that keep their leaves all year round, such as cedar, fir and pine. The terms hardwood and softwood, do not refer to the properties of the wood – some softwoods can be hard and some soft. As they are fast growing, soft woods can be grown in managed forests meaning that more wood can be grown to replace the wood being used.
Softwoods tend to be a yellow or reddish in colour and because most coniferous trees grow fast and straight, they are generally less expensive than hardwoods. Softwoods also tend to take well to finish and adhesive and so are a good woodwork product for furniture use or cabinet making, so long as they are maintained regularly.
Pine is an affordable soft timber that is also denser than some hard timbers, making it a very useful product for interior furniture, especially if you are working on a budget but wish to use a solid timber instead of a manufactured board like particle board.
Examples of softwood are Cedar, Birch and Pine.