Furniture

About Wooden Furniture

Wood has been used for making furniture for thousands of years. It is very durable and strong material which at the same time also reflects a special sense of warmth which creates a unique atmosphere. In the 20th century, the traditional solid wood furniture was joined by a number of alternatives including engineered wood which looks just like real wood and costs only a fraction of the price of solid wood. But even if it looks the same, it simply does not feel the same.

Types of Wood

Wooden furniture can be made from many types of wood with the aesthetic appeal, performance and durability varying greatly from one type of wood to another and even from one section of the log to another. The many types of wood can be divided into two groups – softwoods and hardwoods with the latter group being superior over the first. Like their name suggests, hardwoods are harder (although there a few exceptions) but they are typically also stronger and more durable. In contrary to softwoods which mostly consist of conifers, hardwoods mostly come from deciduous tree species with the exception of tropical and subtropical hardwoods which are mostly evergreen trees. But as mentioned earlier, there are major variations between different tree species and even between the same species. Wood from some trees such as teak for instance offers the desired qualities – outstanding durability, unique golden brown colour, rich grain and natural resistance to the outdoor elements - only when the tree is fully mature. At the same time, only heartwood (the very centre of the log) has the renowned characteristics of teak wood. The outer sections of the log are of inferior quality.

Wood Drying and Quality of Workmanship

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Only properly dried wood offers a lasting beauty and strength. Wood that is high in moisture content is more likely to crack, split, warp and shrink. And this does not only affect the beauty of new garden furniture but its structural stability as well. And the same counts for quality of manufacture as a seemingly harmless cosmetic fault can result in failure as early as in a few months, especially when it comes to pieces of furniture such as tables, chairs, beds, etc. which are used on a daily basis and need to withstand a great amount of wear and tear. However, just because there are no visible imperfections that does not necessary mean there are not any. For example, there is no way to tell whether the tenon and mortice joint fit perfectly or whether they are held together by a low quality glue.

Origin of the Wood

Due to the role the forests play in the world’s biodiversity and climate, the origin of the wood from which the furniture is made matters a lot. Enjoy the beauty and comfort of wooden furniture without harming the environment and buy furniture which is made from wood that is sourced in sustainably managed plantations and comes with a certificate which proves its eco-friendliness.