For decades, people have been furnishing their homes with one kind of material. In the past, people have turned to making things out of wood because it was easily accessible all around the world and could be shaped and utilized for different needs. Wood is such a popular material that it has withstood the test of time and is still trendy today. However, there are a couple things you need to consider before you bring wood into your home.

Wood Makes a Statement

Since there are many different types of wood, ranging from darker and lighter tones and colors, wooden furniture can easily become a focal point of any room. Much of the furniture that people purchase today is made up of synthetic materials or is painted to cover up the wood’s natural beauty and pattern. However, wooden furniture has become a timeless option for any home. As a result, you need to design each room in a way that highlights the piece of furniture and the care and detail that went into creating it. You should take advantage of natural light as well as artificial light to bring attention to the furniture. You should also try not to cover up the furniture and limit how much of the wooden pattern is visible. For example, if you have a handmade wooden table, there is little need or reason why you would need to cover it with a tablecloth unless you were trying to protect it.

The Type of Wood Matters

Not all wood is created equally. There are softer woods and harder woods that are best used for different projects. Some wood is better for carved details, while other types are better for sturdy pieces of furniture. Different types of wood also have different grain patterns and colors. As a result, the price of wooden furniture can vary greatly. Softwoods like pine and cedar are often used for outdoor furniture but will also be commonly seen in framing. Hardwoods are more detailed and expensive. Some examples of hardwood are oak and mahogany. These are the woods that you will see most often in furniture as they are much more beautiful than softwoods. Both types of wood can be seen in flooring.

Wood Doesn’t Like Water

At the end of the day, wood is a natural substance that does not react well to water exposure. Wood furniture is often water-resistant, but you really don’t want to test fate. To combat this, you should strive to keep your furniture safe from water and know the things to watch out for. Some of the best ways to prevent water damage is to regularly seal and polish your furniture. This is particularly important outdoors for deck furniture, like tables and chairs. Doing so will provide a protective layer between the water and the wood as well as damage from anything else the elements might expose the furniture to. Water and humidity can warp the wood or shorten the lifespan of the furniture. If you live in a location where flooding is common, keep your wooden furniture away from the basement or places you commonly experience leaks.

Future Decay

To go deeper into the idea of wood rot, you need to also be aware of other influences that can affect the lifespan of your wooden furniture. If water damage is left unchecked, the integrity of your furniture can be compromised. There is also dry rot, which is caused by a different type of fungus than wet rot. While dry rot is more common in wood used for structure, it is still vital that you know about it and how to prevent it.  Dry rot will look like fungal patches on the wood and will spread over time. If found, you will have to remove the rot and investigate to find the source of the rot to prevent future damage from occurring. You will want to do everything you can to avoid rot in your home. Unfortunately, different types of climates can make your home more susceptible to different types of home damage.

Scratches

Aside from rot, you will also have to keep up with another form of damage on your wooden furniture, scratches, and dents. Luckily, these can be much easier to correct than mold and rot. If the wood furniture has paint or a stain on it, scratches can be much more obvious and easier to spot than if the wood was left natural. Most of the damage can be repaired with a wood repair kit or with a filler. Others will use polish to cover up scratches. The internet is full of many tips and tricks that can make your scratches and dents disappear. However, a good rule of thumb is to remember that if a fix you read online sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Cleaning

Much of the damage on wooden furniture can be prevented if you take time to clean them regularly. This includes not letting spills sit on wooden surfaces and polishing regularly. You should avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach when cleaning whether or not the wood is sealed because it can peel away at the sealant and minimize its effectiveness. That said, the easiest way to clean wooden furniture is to dust it with a damp rag. Polishing your furniture is like adding conditioner to the wood and will replenish its strength and restore its natural shine and beauty.

Lifespan

Unlike furniture made synthetically or quickly in a factory, most wooden furniture is built to last. They are great investment pieces. This is because wood tends to be stronger than cheaply made furniture and can be easily repaired if damage does occur. You may have some furniture pieces in your home you bought secondhand or that has been passed down in your family. As a result of the potential lengthy longevity of the piece of furniture, you will want to invest in a good piece and take care of it regularly.

Wood furniture is a great addition to your home. Although you will have to put in some effort to keep the pieces in good condition, you will not regret having a beautiful wooden piece of furniture as your centerpiece.

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