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There is no household area that doesn’t suit the warmth, richness, comfort, and finesse of wooden furniture. Tables, chairs, bed frames, shelves, chests of drawers, cupboards and even ornaments—the advantages of wooden furniture in the home cannot be overstated. Most of all, wood offers a unique combination of aesthetic appeal and peerless structural integrity that other materials can’t reflect.
As part of nature-connected interior design, wood can transform the mood of a room or entire house, creating a homely, welcoming feel and a truly 'organic' sense. It’s also not a fad—this material and has been used for furniture construction for generations upon generations, and as such offers a timeless quality that cannot be replicated.
All the reasons why using wood is the best choice for furniture would make a long and detailed list, but here are some of the principal ways any furniture scheme can benefit from incorporating a wooden touch.
Strength and durability
Wood is, of course, long-lasting and robust material and is the perfect choice for anyone looking for longevity from their furniture. Whether you opt for hardwood like Teak wood, Sheesham or softwood like different varieties of pinewood, there is innate stability and reliability to a well-made wooden chair or desk.
This durability ensures that wooden furniture offers excellent value for money—and should you ever want to sell a piece, solidly made, well-looked-after furniture can maintain its value over the years.
Durability also ensures easy maintenance. Waxing, polishing, and oiling only needs to be carried out occasionally and is an undemanding process.
Look and feel
As mentioned, wood can add a certain dignity and charm to any room, whether it be lighter-colored wood or rich darker hues. And when crafted by a skilled artisan, there is boundless potential for design innovation to bring further aesthetic allure to a piece of furniture.
Wooden furniture can also go a long way to creating a sense of the natural world indoors. If you live in a high-density apartment block in a city, you may wish to foster a sense of nature in your living space. Wood is the perfect way to achieve this, through both its wide-ranging color spectrum, and the fascinating patterns of grains and fibers. Wood can also immediately bring warmth to otherwise sterile surroundings.
When responsibly sourced and certified, wood represents an excellent option for sustainability and is thus an ecologically sound way of furnishing a home.
Wood that is responsibly sourced is actually the only renewable building material around—trees that are harvested for their wood can be replenished by new growth. What's more, the carbon footprint that results from the production and processing of wood products is drastically lower than that for other building materials. And with up to 50 percent of the dry weight of wood being carbon, they also have the capacity to store carbon, something that’s crucial in the fight against climate change.
Another way wood is a sustainable option is that it gives you the opportunity to 'buy local' from specialised artisans in your community. This gives you the chance to not only support the local timber industry, but also the local economy.
The vast range of colours and tones of wood means that plenty of variety is available for style and look. And this is not to mention the subtle but noticeable differences between the grains and textures of different species and cuts.
Beyond the actual material, there is a further variety available in that every furniture maker – particularly if you are buying from an individual craftsman – offers a different slant on design according to what type of furniture is being constructed, along with personal tastes (yours and theirs). There is little uniformity when it comes to wooden furniture, and certainly, scope to get creative design-wise to ensure a one-of-a-kind piece.
Unlike many other materials, wood looks good in pretty much any setting. Wooden furniture can be a part of any design scheme, be it modern or rustic, and different species will blend together tastefully within one room or house. You might consider spotted gum or red gum for a large dining table and pine for a dresser: either way, these wooden tones bring a seamless grace to any home.
And of course, its versatility extends to the outdoors. When treated with oils to withstand exposure to the elements, furniture made of timbers—such as teak or treated pine—can look wonderful in the garden or on a veranda.
Over the last ten years, custom furniture has become more and more popular for several reasons. Not only have prices come in the range of the mainstream buyer, but also many furniture buyers are beginning to understand the benefits of choosing a custom made piece versus buying an off the shelf or shop bought furniture. This short article will explore what these benefits are.
Furniture Suited To Your Needs
One of the primary benefits of choosing a piece of custom furniture versus a generic retail piece of furniture is that it is built to your exact specification. Often, when purchasing standard retail furniture, you are constrained by the size and shape of that piece. This can cause issues, for example, small rooms may not be able to take a large custom wardrobe, or in a larger room, a smaller piece may look too small in its surroundings.
By buying a custom made piece you can have the designer measure your room and design something that will fit it's surroundings perfectly. Think of your custom furniture designer as an indoor architect. An architect designs a building to perfectly fit its surroundings. Your designer can do the same with furniture.
Longer Lasting And More Flexible Design
Another great benefit is the longevity that a custom piece of furniture offers. Often, shop bought furniture is of a lower standard than a custom piece. This is because compromises are made at almost every stage of manufacturing to keep the cost down, with the aim of an attractive price.
Meanwhile, custom furniture buyers value quality products, and so aren't as worried about the price. Where there are price constraints, you can be sure that with a custom piece of furniture cuts are made only where necessary. For example, if you need a hard-wearing piece of furniture because you expect it to see regular use, you can ask your designer to ensure quality materials are used. The project can be kept within the budget by making the design functional, rather than spending funds on unnecessary ornamental parts.
On the other hand, choosing a shop bought piece of furniture doesn't give this amount of flexibility. The designer doesn't know how the piece will be used, so they may prioritize different aspects of the design that aren't important to the buyer. Therefore, buying custom furniture ensures you have a piece that will stand the test of time thanks to the flexibility available in the design process.
Control Over Price
While custom furniture is often seen as an expensive choice, it actually offers value for money at the mid to high price ranges. This is because the buyer has complete control over the price. You could go into a high-end furniture shop and see a really nice design you like, but it's out of your price range. A cheaper version of that piece may not have the feature or look that you want. The result is having to pay for the expensive piece, which could be above budget.
On the other hand, choosing a custom piece of furniture allows you to specify a budget and what features you want. Therefore, you can get the perfect piece of furniture at a price that suits you.