A dream home will not be complete without adequate furnishings, and the expense for the quality and aesthetics of hardwood furniture is highly recommended. Although very expensive, it is durable and easy to take care of, making it a worthy investment.
Oxford defines furniture as "large mobile equipment, such as tables and chairs, used to make a home, office, or other space suitable for life or work." Simply, it aims to make life easy and comfortable. Wood is a basic element in the creation and design of furniture. This is an important factor in determining the strength and beauty of the end product. The products of artisans and woodworkers can be made from softwood or hardwood.
Generally, hardwood is harder than softwood. However, this is not always true since the main distinction is not based on the level of resistance or hardness of the wood but on the way the wood is produced. Hardwood is an angiosperm that reproduces through the flowers while softwoods are gymnosperms that procreate through the seeds. Hardwoods have more complex structures than conifers. It can be characterized with the presence of pores. Aside from furniture manufacturing, hardwood is also used as fuel.
It is interesting to note that when you study furniture design, you will discover that one way to explain the furniture story is to categorize it according to the dominant wood species to a given time and that the three identified groupings are varieties of hardwood – the age of the oak, the age of the peanut and the age of the mahogany and the wood of satin. 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 the manufacture of hardwood furniture are ash, birch, cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, poplar, teak and hazel. Those made from Ash will most likely be pale brown while mahogany will have a reddish-brown to dark red hue. Poplar is relatively softer than other varieties of hardwood. Of the wood species available, oak is the most used wood.
Craftsmen can create the finest hardwood furniture for your home, but it's up to us to ensure that it retains its natural beauty. Here are some recommended techniques to increase the life of your hardwood furniture:
1. Use an appropriate wax polish to help the wood acclimate to its environment. Fresh wood contains a lot of water, and logging companies take a long time to ensure that the wood dries properly by keeping a certain amount of moisture necessary for the wood to breathe. The use of the appropriate wax will nourish the wood and help it retain its natural beauty. It is recommended to apply the wax immediately after receiving the hardwood furniture, then repeat the process every three months. Do not forget to use the proper varnish and do not just use solvent or cleaning material as this could damage the hardwood furniture.
2. Use placemats, tablecloths, coasters and more to protect the wood furniture surface from spills. Clear the splash and clean the surface immediately with a soft, damp cloth so that it does not leave any marks on the surface.
3. Finally, be aware of where you will place your hardwood furniture. Direct sunlight and exposure to heating and conditioning vents cause the finish to deteriorate.
Hardwood furniture offers optimum value for your money. With proper care, they will last for generations.