Some people are deterred from buying solid wood furniture because they think it is expensive compared to pieces made from other materials. This is a short-term view. Just look at furniture that is centuries old and the majority of it will have been made from solid wood. Properly looked after solid wood furniture could become an heirloom for your family, and certainly in the long term is better value for money than furniture made from anything else. There is more to it than the long-term savings though, and here are 6 good reasons why you should use solid wood furniture at home.
It Is Eco-Friendly
Wood is the most environmentally friendly raw material. It grows and replenishes itself every year, and for those that are worried about harvesting trees for furniture, more trees are being planted in most countries that are being cut down. In the US, forests have been expanded by 40 percent over a 10-year period, and in Europe, there are plans to enlarge forests by 5000 sq kilometers a year.
Trees are healthier for the climate because they absorb carbon throughout their life, replacing it in the air with oxygen. They continue to store carbon after they have been made into solid wood furniture, which is helping with climate change and the greenhouse effect.
It Is Easy to Care For
Wooden furniture is very easy to care for. Most of the time it just needs any dust removing from it, with an occasional wipe over with something like beeswax to keep it moist without wetting it. The wax will also add shine and glow to what is already a beautiful material. It is suitable for use in every room of your home, really solid wood is, for example, timber wood furniture that looks good anywhere.
It Looks Good
There are so many different types of wood that this means there is a whole range of different shades to choose from. Walnut, for example, is a dark brown color with a distinctive grain that will add a touch of luxury to any room. Oak is much lighter and teak comes in various different shades. They all have their own uniqueness and between them provide enough variations for anyone to find one that will look good in their home.
It Can Be Reused
Solid wood is so durable it can be altered, sanded, painted, stained, waxed or modified in all sorts of different ways. A bit of elbow grease can turn it into a new piece of furniture, or you can take it apart and make something totally new from it. Something that can so easily be recycled and reused makes it an even more worthwhile purchase.
It Has Its Own Personality
Every tree has its own ‘fingerprint’, so no two pieces of solid wood furniture will be exactly the same. Even if two pieces look alike, closer inspection will show different grains, so you can be certain that you will be the only person that owns a piece exactly like the one you buy.
It may get a few bumps and dents over time, but unlike chipboard furniture which would become an eyesore when marked, it can add to the character of a piece of solid wood. Wood has an elegance that nothing else can imitate and it will transform any room.
It Does Not Have to Be New Wood
Wooden furniture does not have to be made of new wood, reclaimed wood is sometimes more suitable. It does not mean it is any less durable or attractive because it is reclaimed, it is just another way of not wasting this wonderful natural material.
Solid wood furniture is a beautiful addition to any home and will give the owners many years of class and character in every room they choose it for.
Author: Elena Tahora