Douglas fir: Authentic wood with feel-good character

The Douglas fir is one of the hardest coniferous woods and impresses people as parquet with lengths of up to 5 meters and widths up to 30 cm. Optically, the planks vary, depending on the surface, between a friendly, reddish appearance to almost white. The grain is sporadically pervaded by knots and creates a genuine natural look.

Historically, Douglas fir has enjoyed great popularity as construction wood for both indoor and outdoor use. Its high durability and strength are crucial for this.

As a floor, Douglas fir was often used as solid wood in the past. With the rise of underfloor heating and modern architecture, the solid variant was avoided due to the risk posed by gaps between the planks. Thanks to the typical, symmetrical structure of mafi planks, gaps are significantly reduced. Thus, the Douglas fir wide plank is currently experiencing a veritable boom, from the traditional chalet to the modern loft with exposed concrete walls.

All the advantages and properties of Douglas fir planks at a glance:

+ The Douglas fir is stable: Brinell hardness: 19 N/mm².
Douglas fir, like larch, is one of the hardest coniferous woods ever. Because of its stability, it tends to be used not only in the private sector but also in the public sector.


+ The Douglas fir is easy to maintain: Like all mafi floors, the Douglas fir is also maintained by regularly wiping it with wood floor soap. In addition to being cleaned, the floor is maintained with the soap thanks to the fats contained in the soap.


+ The Douglas fir is a character floor: Typical of coniferous woods, the Douglas fir is characterized by beautiful knots and a distinct grain.


+ The Douglas fir is a floor designed to make you feel good: In no time, the vivid surface appearance of the Douglas fir gives every room a cozy atmosphere with a lot of warmth.


+ The Douglas fir ensures a healthy indoor climate: Like all mafi natural wood floors, the Douglas fir is also refined with valuable linseed-based natural oil. The oil penetrates deep into the wood without sealing the surface. As a result, the wood can keep absorbing and releasing moisture in the room and thus contribute to a healthy indoor climate.


+ The Douglas fir is made in a three-layer structure: The Douglas fir parquet is also produced in a symmetrical 3-layer structure. This high-quality plank construction minimizes cupping, gap formation, and the like and ensures that the plank remains dimensionally stable. The top layer of the Douglas fir consists of approx. 5 mm of running surface with 5 mm of counter-pull made of the same type of wood.


+ The Douglas fir in impressive dimensions: Douglas fir planks are produced in impressive lengths of 4 to 5 meters, with widths up to 30 centimeters.  


Typically, as with other coniferous woods, the Douglas fir impresses people with its strong grain and vivid knot image. Its beautiful growth rings in particular make the surface of the Douglas fir very special. The color of the wood convinces people with its unique reddish shade, which develops in a nearly white color direction depending on the oiling.

mafi offers the Douglas fir in three different looks. In the naturally oiled variant, the variant leached and then oiled white, and the deep-white naturalized variant.

In the naturally oiled variant, linseed-based oil is applied to every single plank as the final refining step. The natural oiling ensures that both the growth rings and the distinctive sapwood are even more effective. Here, the natural reddish shade of the Douglas fir is deliberately preserved.

But if the wood is first leached and then oiled white, the surface looks much lighter, without a reddish hue, and thus very modern. Especially in large, well-lit rooms, this surface is very effective. It looks great when the interior and textiles involve delicate gray and beige tones or other pastel colors.

The deep-white naturalized surface goes a step further. Almost snow-white, this play of colors nevertheless convinces people with its clearly recognizable grain. The naturalness of the surface can even be felt with bare feet: genuine and always at body temperature.

Douglas fir wood, like larch, is one of the hardest coniferous woods and with its 19 N/mm² is ideal for the private sector but naturally also very much so for the public sector. 

The Douglas fir parquet impresses people with widths between 24 to 30 cm and amazing lengths of four to five meters. No wonder; Douglas fir is one of the highest growing coniferous trees. Laid lengthwise, it gives every room depth and space and a certain modernity, but it nevertheless also exudes its unique charm in shorter lengths.

Like all mafi floors, the Douglas fir plank is also produced in a symmetrical three-layer structure with a high-quality top layer of approx. 5 mm and a bottom layer of the same thickness, made of the same wood, with the same thermal treatment. The middle layer consists of flexible coniferous wood. The strong counter-pull on the back of the plank provides enormous stability and reduces the risk of the floor cupping or crowning.


Healthy indoor climate thanks to oiled wood surface

In addition to the beautiful look that the oiling reveals, the wood surface also acquires a very pleasant feel that beckons you directly to run around barefoot.

Another advantage of the oiling is that the open porosity of the plank is preserved and that the wood does not lose its natural property related to the ability to absorb and release moisture in the room. Through the use of varnish or wax, however, this ingenious wood property would immediately be lost because the surface would be permanently sealed. If the wood surface remains open-pored, on the other hand, man and beast benefit from a demonstrably healthier indoor climate.

This unique wood surface is maintained by regular wiping it with mafi wood floor soap, which simultaneously cleans and maintains the floor. Monthly washing is important, as it ensures that the natural wood floor not only stays clean but also receives the care it needs. After all, the wood soap contains valuable, nurturing fats that ensure that the floor remains resistant to stains and scratches thanks to its natural patina.

In many minds, there is the association that Douglas fir, like larch or pine, is predestined exclusively for the rustic style of living. However, that is no longer  true.
Thus, we now come across this domestic coniferous wood just as much in modern and contemporary architectural structures as in rustic chalets.

In Scandinavian minimalism, for example, there is the tendency to design puristic room concepts, which, however, are given comfort and warmth again by vivid Douglas fir wood. At the same time, this mix of material is deliberately used to create a contrast between simplicity and extreme comfort.


Douglas fir: native coniferous wood?

This really special tree bears the name of botanist David Douglas, who brought the first seeds of the "Oregon pine" from North America to Europe in 1828 to resettle them there; Douglas fir used to be native to Central European latitudes as well before the last ice age.

This tree is really extremely impressive, reaching amazing heights of almost 100 meters at some natural sites in North America, for example. At least up to 50 meters in Europe with trunk diameters up to a meter. At an optimal location, Douglas firs can live up to 700 years, individual examples even over 1000 years.

In addition to the floor, the stable Douglas fir wood is also very well suited as a construction wood for indoor and outdoor use, for example, as front doors, windows, or facades.

Douglas fir in three words: natural. Stable. Vivid.

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