Are you shopping for wooden furniture? Getting the look you want depends on choosing the right wood and finish for your home.
With so many different woods to choose from it’s a good idea to look around and get as much information as possible before making your choice.
Think about how your piece of wooden furniture will be used. If it’s a room that is rarely used, such as a guest room then the ability to withstand wear and tear may not be as important as the size and appearance. If however, it is likely to be used every day then the durability of your piece should be uppermost in your mind.
Solid wood furniture, with its knots and grains has a rich, natural appearance and the slight variations in colour ensures that no two pieces look exactly alike.
All wooden furniture is made from either hardwoods (trees that lose their leaves seasonally) or softwoods (from trees that keep their leaves year round). Popular hardwoods include Mahogany, Oak, Walnut, Beech, Cherry and Maple. Softwoods include rosewood, redwood and pine.
Set your budget and stick to it! It’s easy with so many beautiful pieces to choose from, to get carried away and end up with just one piece of expensive furniture when you were actually shopping for a suite of furniture.
The most expensive style of furniture tends to be solid wood which means that all exposed parts of your piece is your chosen wood. Veneered furniture tends to be much cheaper as this is usually thin slices of wood which are glued onto panels which may be made from boarding etc. and therefore less strong as solid wood.
Should you keep all your furniture in the same wood? That often asked question has just one reply – it’s up to you! Many feel that all matching wood can look too perfect and by mixing woods it can make a room more interesting and personal. While others think mixed woods look as though someone hasn’t taken enough time when making their choices.
With so much to think about where do you start? Firstly in order to find your swan you must first set aside the ugly ducklings! So get your computer set up, a coffee (or a glass of wine depending on your mood) and start searching through the huge number of companies such as FurnitureUK that sell a wide range of wooden furniture.
My last but in my opinion, very important thought before making a purchase is, does the piece you’ve chosen come already made up or flat packed ready for you to put together? That huge 3 door, solid wood, wardrobe you’ve just ordered could prove to be a bit tricky when a collection of pieces and some information sheets arrive at your door. Don’t be put off buying flat packed furniture, it appears to have become the norm for both High Street and Online stores, but do remember to factor in the cost of having it put together into your costing.
With a little TLC your pieces of wooden furniture will last you and your family for many years.
Let’s Take A Look At Types Of Wood Available:
The infographic for this article was supplied by FurnitureUK.