Wood Cross Sections in Interior Design: 20 Ideas + DIY

April 25, 2017
Posted in Decor

Contemporary designers love eco-style. And what’s eco-style without wood? However, there’s no need to limit oneself to solid wood furniture and wooden wall décor. There is an original way of wood application in interior design – pretty unexpected, beautiful and very spectacular. And also easy-to-make and affordable. We are talking about tree cross sections.


Thanks to their flat shape and a huge, almost unlimited choice of sizes (in terms of diameter and thickness) the sphere of application of wood cross sections in interior décor is pretty vast. They can be used autonomously, as pieces of décor per se or as parts of a whole composition; serve as a material for furniture-makers or as a full-fledged finishing material. In fact, the number of interior solutions featuring this natural element depends only on your imagination.

For example, there is an increasingly popular designer trick – “outside-in” walls. This means that that one or a few walls inside the room look the same as the exterior of the house, i.e. interior walls are finished with exterior materials, like concrete, masonry or wood instead of customary wallpaper or ceramic tiles. Tree cross-sections are a nice tool for obtaining such a decorative effect:


If so much wood doesn’t match the rest of your interior, you may opt for fragmented wall décor. Also, wood cross-sections can be introduced as art objects per se – several natural or painted circles put in a picture frame look very nice.

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The flat circular form of wood cross-sections seems to be designed especially for makeshift stool seats and eco-style coffee table tops. And those who don’t feel sure enough about making furniture with their own hands can use ready-made cross-sections as charming coasters for all occasions.

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Moreover, wood cross-sections can dress up a mirror frame, a coat rack, a chest of drawers or a dining table top. They can be used for making a headboard, curtains and plenty of other sweet things. In a word, check this out and enjoy:

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And finally, there is a small bonus. If you were wondering where to get a cheap and stylish bookshelf, you will enjoy this DIY wood cross-section shelves.


You will need the following materials and tools:

  • one flat circular wood cross-section (preferably, about 5-cm-thick and about 30 cm in diameter)
  • angle brackets for wall-mounted shelves
  • a saw
  • a drill


Saw the wood cross-section in half. Fasten the angle brackets to the wood parts and then to the wall using a drill. And that’s it! Your trendy natural piece of décor is ready to serve you well!

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Nota bene: If you liked the idea of creating original décor from wood cross-sections, we suggest that you start your DIY experiments from purchased materials. The point is that decorative cross-sections are first dried within special environmental conditions, which makes them suitable for further processing and painting. And fragments of trees you find in the nearest forest can crack up unless you dry them properly.

Also, you might like our previous post: DIY: Handmade Bucket Shelves

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