Gorgeous, timeless and great in any home, natural wood furniture is a surefire way to upgrade your interior design scheme. But what do you need to know before you realize your timber furniture dreams? We’re here to tell you 7 vital pieces of information.
Not all woods are equal
While price is no guarantee of quality or value, it can be an initial indicator of the kind of wood your furniture is crafted from. Make sure you do your research as stained knotty pine and Asian walnut are stratospheres apart! They are suitable for very different applications. You might also want to think about sustainability when selecting your timber as well.
How to clean it
Any reputable wood furniture seller will be happy to give you plenty of advice for cleaning your new purchase! This advice will be good to not damage the wood itself or the finish that has been applied. Naturally, when it comes to things like coffee tables, common sense will prevail, with coasters being a good preventative measure.
What warranty it carries
A good craftsman stands by their product and should offer some kind of guarantee and easy-to-find company policies. Whether it’s one year, limited lifetime or lifetime, a warranty will give you peace of mind! That you’ve bought from a trustworthy manufacturer that will set right any unforeseen issues.
What size the piece is
If this sounds silly then you’ve obviously never misread dimensions before. Lucky you, because it is very common! Before you buy any natural wood furniture, be sure that you have fully understood all the measurements, including depth, before committing to buy. You might also want to check that your door frames are wide enough to accommodate too!
How a stain might affect the finished look
Most furniture manufacturers have their own stain colors, so while you might have a ‘barnwood’ dresser already. That’s no guarantee that our antique barnwood bed will be a perfect color match. Depending on the type of wood being used and the stain itself, you could end up with a very different shade to the one you expect. If in doubt, as to see pictures in daylight and showroom lighting, to get a better feel.
If it has an odor
Certain wood types have a distinctive smell that they emit throughout their life. Though we think they are wonderful and add an authentic rustic feel to any room, they aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. Ask your manufacturer if the wood used in a particular item is known to be odorous and make a more informed decision from there. We will say that red cedar is beautifully perfumed though!
How it has been constructed
Is your potential new furniture made by machine or hand? What joint types are used? Are any processes finished by hand? Where is your furniture made and is it to order or mass-produced and kept in stock? These are all important questions to ask, especially if the information is not clearly displayed on a product listing.
When made well and looked after, natural wood furniture can and frequently does last a lifetime! It gets passed down through generations of families for years to come. Always keep in mind that there is a relationship to be had with your pieces! So, research them thoroughly, give them a little love and they’ll delight you forever.