Home Design 101: Hardwood Furniture
A dream home will not be complete without proper furniture, and spending on quality and aesthetically pleasing hardwood furniture is highly recommended. Although quite pricey, this is long lasting and easy to take care of, thereby making it a worthy investment.
Oxford defines furniture as “large movable equipment, such as tables and chairs, used to make a house, office, or other space suitable for living or working.” Simply, it aims to make living easy and comfortable. Wood is a staple item in furniture creation and design. It is a big factor in determining the strength and beauty of the end product. Outputs from artisans and wood workers can either be made from softwood or hardwood furniture.
Generally, hardwood is harder than softwood. However, this is not true all the time since the main distinction lay not on the strength or hardness level of the wood but in the manner in which the wood is produced. Hardwood is an angiosperm, which reproduce through the flowers while softwood is gymnosperms, which procreates through seeds. Hardwoods have more complex structures compared to softwood. It can be characterized with the presence of pores. Aside from furniture making, hardwood is also used as fuel.
It is interesting to note that when you study furniture design, you will find out that one way of explaining the history of furniture is by categorizing them based on the dominant species of wood at a certain time and all three identified groupings are varieties of hardwood – the Age of Oak, the Age of Wallnut and the Age of Mahogany and Satinwood. This only proves that hardwood furniture can transcend time. The design may vary but the vital ingredient is always the same.
Examples of wood species used for hardwood furniture making are Ash, Birch, Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, Oak, Poplar, Teak and Wallnut. Those which made from Ash will most probably be of pale brown color while Mahogany will have a reddish brown to deep red tint. Poplar is fairly softer than other varieties of hardwood. Amongst the available wood species, Oak is the most used wood.
Artisans can create the best hardwood furniture for your dwelling but it is still up to us to ensure that it keeps it natural beauty. Here are some recommend techniques to increase the lifespan of your hardwood furniture:
1. Use appropriate wax polish to help the wood acclimate to its surroundings. Fresh wood contains a lot of water and lumber companies take a lot of time to ensure that the wood dries properly by retaining a certain amount of moisture necessary for the wood to breath. Using the appropriate wax will nourish the wood and help it retain its natural beauty. It is recommended to apply the wax immediately after receipt of the hardwood furniture, then repeat the process every three months. Remember to use the appropriate polish and not just use any solvent or cleaning material as it may damage the hardwood furniture.
2. Use placemats, tablecloth, coasters and the like to protect the hardwood furniture's surface from spills. Blot out spills and clean the surface with a soft and damp cloth immediately so that no unnecessary markings will be seen in the surface.
3. Lastly, be mindful of the location wherein you will place your hardwood furniture. Direct sunlight and exposure to heating and conditioning vents make cause fading in the finishing.
Hardwood furniture gives the optimum value for your money. With proper care, they will last for generations.
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