After buying your dream home, you need to make use of all your new space. Nothing accentuates a beautiful home like well-crafted, functional and stylish wood furniture. However, for the uninitiated, it can be hard to determine good from bad wooden furniture. There are a few rules that apply to all wooden furniture purchases, and some that are only important in certain cases. In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about wooden furniture.
Types of Wood Furniture
The category “wood furniture” encompasses a huge variety of different types of wood. There are more than 20 different types of wood that are used in furniture construction. While the vast majority have similar construction and durability properties, where they differ is in regard to the way they look. Wood colors range from light and silky, to deep and dark, and everywhere in between. Different types of wood also have a different feel, for example, Oak is considerably rougher than a smoothbore wood like Mahogany.
Here is a quick breakdown of some of the most popular species of furniture wood:
Walnut:This wood is very common when people are looking for a dark hardwood that goes well with both light modern and natural color schemes. Walnut comes in multiple shades, but the deep brown cocoa colored walnut is currently the most popular shade. Walnut is sturdy and hard without being prohibitively heavy.
Oak:Oak is one of the most common hardwoods in the furniture market. It has a reputation for durability and is a great choice for kitchen or outdoor tables. Oak comes in many shades, from white oak to red oak, to grey and brown variants. Oak is also nice for the minimal upkeep and the relatively cheap price compared to other hardwoods.
Ash:If you are looking for a lighter hardwood, ash is an excellent choice. The flexibility and smoothness of this wood makes it great for patio furniture, and oddly shaped indoor furniture. Ash is very bendable, which allows manufacturers to create ash pieces in style configurations not possible with heavier hardwoods.
Mahogany:Aside from rare species, Mahogany is among the priciest and most desirable types of wood. Mahogany lends itself to detail and styling, and most people buy Mahogany furniture for the intricate carvings, staining, and design that is a hallmark of Mahogany. The deep red hues of Mahogany are hard to replicate with other wood variants, so watch out for faux Oak/Ash pieces dyed to be Mahogany.
Match Your Furniture Choices to Your Home
Before you pull the trigger and buy furniture, it is a good idea to match your decor with the design aesthetic and structure of your home. Look for furniture that matches and complements your home, especially if you’re involved in the build process. If you are starting from scratch, try and buy furniture for a room or your entire home that follows a similar color aesthetic. If you are looking for a light, open vibe lighter colored furniture might be the right way to go. If you want to exude a classic style, darker hardwoods may be better. Of course, use your own judgment, but remember that there should be a thread that weaves through all of your style choices to create a unified design aesthetic.
Construction Details Are Key
In order for your wood furniture choices to stand out, they need to flow with the construction features of your home. A home with lots of windows and a white facade needs different furniture than a brick brownstone. Even if all of your furniture is indoor, you want to think of your home as an art piece with every piece of furniture adding to the whole. Furniture is a serious investment, so before you purchase any piece, be sure to take the time to decide if it fits with the rest of your style choice, and most importantly with the layout of your home. Try looking at real estate lookbooks or online sites with similar layouts to your home. They are phenomenal sources of inspiration to find furniture that will match your design goals.
More Expensive is Not Necessarily Better
Over the past few years, we have seen the rise of modern furniture. These pieces, highlighted by lots of metal, chrome, and custom-built pieces command top prices. That has left the wooden furniture market in the dust, but this presents a serious opportunity for wood-made furniture deals. Like art, furniture commands wildly different prices based on the overarching style of the time and what is popular at the moment. You can find incredibly well-crafted pieces for pennies, so don’t be scared of something that is too cheap. If it is solid wood and not particle board and is relatively scratch free feel free to purchase it if it fits with your design choices.
Used Furniture Can Save You Money
One of the best ways to purchase furniture is through consignment stores. These furniture retailers have two advantages. First of all, all the pieces are curated by the owners of the company. Very rarely will they let mass-produced, low-quality pieces in their showrooms. The second benefit is that other furniture owners are selling them with a small fee paid to the consignment store. You can find amazing deals from people who are downsizing, moving, or just want to get rid of some furniture they don’t use.
High-quality wood furniture will never go out of style. Demand for these types of furniture ebbs and flows, but it is not an unlimited commodity. Certain types of wood have restrictions on harvesting and importation, which means that the supply of these pieces is limited. If you find a piece you like, that fits with your design aesthetic do not hesitate to pick it up. Certain types of hardwood furniture, especially exotic hardwoods, actually appreciate in value. This is directly in opposition to “flavor of the month” modern furniture that is hot for a moment but worthless the next minute. If you choose your furniture wisely and base your decisions on quality construction, you will have a piece you will be proud of for years to come.
Author Bio: Ken is a huge fan of living his life to the fullest. He enjoys his home and all things related to