Wooden Furniture in our Lives

Growing tree

trees provide all our timber

Wooden furniture plays an essential role

in enhancing the comfort and enjoyment of our lives.
Wood has always been a readily available and easily worked material and people have always used it to make furniture to make  their lives more comfortable.
The products of trees and shrubs has always been a material which people could source in their environment and was able to be worked into useful structures to provide shelter and to make their dwellings more usable. Read the rest of this entry »

Wooden Furniture

Wooden Furniture

The right wooden  furniture complements everything that you do in your home.

Seating, eating, sleeping, storage, leisure are all enhanced by the right furniture.

Not only does your home need furnishings, your workplace absolutely needs furnishings such as work tables, desks, seating, and furniture for record keeping and storing books. Orderly rooms and living areas are hardly possible without the right furnishings.

However, when choosing furnishings, as well as considering the use to which it will be put it is necessary to pay attention to its design and to the size of the space in which the Wooden Furniture will be placed. Read the rest of this entry »

Narra Wood Furniture Essentials

What you need to know about Narra Wood Furniture

Narra is a wood of almost mythical beauty and durability which grows in certain parts of south East Asia. It has long been a desired feature of the decor of mansions and royal palaces as well as all other types of homes and places of worship. It features unique and beautiful grain patterns and a stunning honey gold color and is a strong and durable timber

Narra wood is has long been  highly sought after by furniture creators and craftsmen  all over the world as they seek to create unique and functional furniture items for their clients..

For hundreds of years Narra wood furniture items have been desired by every level of society . It is loved by everyone.

Narra is  timber  preferred Wood for many Wood Furniture creators not only in the nations where it grows naturally but is sought after all over the world and is  often find found in the most palatial of  houses

It is a beautiful , durable and strong wood which has long been used in quality home construction. In fact, many historical  houses in many parts of  South East Asia like  Malaysia and Thailand use Narra in various internal places, including for flooring surfaces, main gates and stairways as well as the most exquisite furniture pieces that are known to have survived for  hundreds of years.

The official residence of  the Filipino Presidents, embraces Narra for much of its decorations and flooring surfaces. The Presidential bed and most of its other furnishing is  Narra Wood

Narra is nowadays very  popular for interior decoration in quality homes all over the world

Many high end Wood Furniture and decoration items are created of Narra.

Narra wood has a subtle rose scent ,It is known by many other names including ‘New Guinea Rosewood.’

Its color  is normally light yellowish honey color  to strong blood stream red with  maroon features sometimes displayed . Its wood grain can be straight and regular and also sometimes curly and interlocked. The wood is particularly hard, strong and extremely resilient.

Narra wood is a fine , easy timber  to work with both hand tools and power equipment.

It glues and holds nails and screws  perfectly and always displays an outstanding beauty on sanding and finishing by hand or  machine.

These qualities give Narra Wood Furniture a unique advantage among other natural timbers and set it apart as a  preferred raw material  among Wood Furniture creators in their endeavor to make unique Wood Furniture that often become treasured heirloom items.

Narra Wood is used by many furniture crafts persons and artists to create unique and beautiful furniture pieces. They can transform this unique Wood into some of the most wonderful Wood Furniture available . Narra display cabinets showcases and large dining tables are popular.

Due to the rarity and quality of the timber and the high level of craftsmanship put into it Narra wood furniture often commands a  premium  price. The price paid is always more than returned in the pleasure of owning a beautiful and unique piece of furniture

Synthetic Outdoor Furniture Materials

Garden Furniture

Synthetic materials make good looking,strong, durable and comfortable Outdoor Furniture

Synthetic Outdoor Furniture Materials

Great quality Synthetic Furniture is created from man made material with the colour of the material going all the way through it. Synthetic Furniture retains its colour and is highly resistant to weathering and rot even in extreme weather conditions.
Synthetic Furniture is resistant to the effects of salt-water or chlorinated water. Seats, benches, tables, dining settings, sun mattresses, daybeds, couches, sun lounges, platforms and all outdoor furniture can be made to look like natural wicker or cane using  artificial wickerwork which is much more resistant to the effects of weathering.
Synthetic Chairs are an ideal mixture of functionality with style. These Synthetic Chairs can have a metal pipe framework that is protected with high quality, weatherproof, artificial materials that retains it’s colour . These synthetic materials are totally proof  against the outdoor conditions and can be even hosed down.
Synthetic Sofas are available in different styles such as sofa day bed, sofa3 seater, L-shaped sofa, sofa bed, sofa 2 seater, and many more styles. These couches are made with frames that are mainly metal which helps to ensure that  guarantees extended life of the couches even in extreme conditions.

Synthetic sun mattresses are definitely your ideal pleasure partner. The synthetic materials used for  sun mattresses are created to withstand the effects of exposure to sun and weather.The metal framework of these sun beds performs an important role in improving the strength and the overall appearance of these pieces of furniture.

Synthetic gazebo covers are created of water and weather resistant materials  to ensure that they maintain their weatherproof qualities and remain free of deterioration. The metal framework of these awnings is usually powder coated to improve its appearance and durability. Synthetic Dining Chairs are created of artificial material that makes them not only comfortable but fashionable too. Dining seats are important when you want your family or friends to join you to sit together and have a meal.
The strength and comfort of outdoor dining furniture are important considerations when choosing new pieces to enhance your outdoor dining experiences
Good synthetic outdoor furniture can retain its good looks and comfort for many seasons .It only requires a minimum of care and attention to keep it in great condition.

Buying Recycled Wood Furniture

Recycled Wood Furniture

Recycled timbers can be crafted into unique furniture pieces

Buying Recycled Wood Furniture

 Recycled Wood Furniture brings many benefits to the discerning buyer.

Many people love the look and feel of solid timber but are aware that forestry practices in some parts of the world are damaging the environment.

A more environmentally friendly way is to use recycled wood which is sourced from old timber buildings and structures such as warehouses and bridges.

These structures were built many years ago and the timber available then was often of much superior quality to much of what is available today.

When they are dismantled there can be very high quality timber available which can be recycled and used again.

A long period of exposure to varying climatic conditions ensures that the timber is very stable and well seasoned.

 

The benefits of using recycled using timber from old structures include

  • The wood is very well seasoned and so is very stable
  • High quality timber due to large trees being available long ago.
  • No adverse effects on environment
  • May be rare varieties of timber which are no longer available.
  • Using recycled timber avoids the need to cut timber from existing forests
  •  Is a way of ensuring that the solid wood furniture you buy does not result in any environmental damage.
  • Timbers may have developed a unique patina and character which only time can produce.

Furniture makers who use recycled timber are usually justly proud of the contribution that they are making to protecting the environment and are happy to provide the history and background of the recycled timbers they use.

As a buyer of furniture made from recycled timber you also can be proud that you have become the owner of a quality piece of furniture with a ready made history because the timber has had a previous life in another use.

There are also timbers which have become rare and may not be available any longer but which may be found as recycled timbers.Some of the most sought after timbers in bygone times are now very rare or even unavailable from the forests so recycled timber of these varieties may be the only source of these rare and beautiful timbers.

About Timbers in Quality Wood Furniture

Wood  Furniture and Flooring

wood is a natural choice for floors and furniture

Timbers in Quality Wood Furniture

Wood is a fundamental, natural material which has been used to build furniture since the earliest times. We instinctively love the look and feel of wood furniture.

This chapter sets out to provide you with knowledge about some of the  different ways woods are used to formulate beautiful and functional furniture.  .

Wood is used in many different ways to produce furniture.. modern furniture may use both solid timbers and composite materials . both have their place in the production of quality furniture. Here we will explore a number of the different furniture making timbers and investigate the qualities that make them suitable for different applications.

1. Solid Wood Furniture

Solid wood  means that the furniture is crafted from pieces of wood which have been milled or cut from a large log to sizes needed to build furniture  and then carefully dried and made smooth .

There are many different woods available and each has its own special qualities.

They may be soft and light in weight like pine or hard and solid like oak .

Every timber has its own distinctive colour, grain pattern and even smell.

Well made Solid wood furniture is the most durable of all Wood Furniture.

With proper care, it can last for 100′s of years and become a family heirloom..

2. Wood veneer plywood  

Wood veneer plywood  is made up of thin sheets or plies of wood from a good quality log which are glued together with the grain running in a criss-cross pattern. This produces a strong, flat and stable board.

The finished board can be made quite thin but it will still be strong and stable. Also if the outside layers are made from a timber with a beautiful grain or colour or pattern then it becomes possible to incorporate it in a piece of furniture which will enhance the beauty of the wood

 

 

3. Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)

This kind of board is composed of fine woodchips or sawdust which is mixed with a glue then formed into large flat and stable boards.

The surfaces of the boards can be given many different types of finish including paint , laminates and timber veneers.

By using a thin veneer of high quality timber large boards of great beauty can be made available.

For some applications this is a better method than using solid timber.

4. Timber flooring.

Wood flooring is a very popular floor finish .

Originally wood planks would have been used to form the floors of rooms so the wood flooring was part of the structure.

In modern houses the structural floor may be made od many different materials and many people turn to a wood look for their floors.

Flooring can be solid wood with a sanded and polished finish or there are many types of veneer and laminate finishes on plywood or MDF board.

The choice is up to the homeowner as everyone has different criteria when choosing the flooring for their home.

5. Upholstered Furniture.

Upholstered furniture often has a strong timber frame over which soft materials are fixed to make them comfortable.

Because you cannot see the workmanship under the upholstery it is important to find out  about the methods used to make the furniture.A reputable retailer will be ready to provide you with any information you ask for regarding the manufacture of the piece you are interested in.

In this chapter I have introduced you to some of the knowledge about the  different ways woods are used to formulate beautiful and functional furniture. in future articles I will explore further how natural timber is used to produce beautiful Wood Furniture  .

 

Environment Friendly Wood Furniture

Solid Wood Furniture

Know where the timber comes from

Environment Friendly Wood Furniture

When looking to invest in real wood furniture more and more people are giving more thought to considering the effect that their choices of timber have on the environment.

Factors to Consider.

Good quality solid wood furniture can bring its owners a lifetime of pleasure and then even go on to become a heritage item which is treasured by successive generations. A little study will soon equip a buyer with the ability to tell the difference between real solid wood furniture and furniture made from manufactured boards.

There is a growing awareness that using materials sourced from the natural environment can have effects which were never previously considered.

Reputable sellers of solid wood furniture will be more than happy to inform prospective buyers with information about the sources and processes involved in producing their furniture.

Some of the things a concerned buyer may like to know are

  • What is the name of the variety of the timber used
  • Where is the timber grown.
  • What forestry practices are followed
  • Are there government controls and standards
  • Is the timber plantation grown or is it from old growth forest.

Any reputable furniture seller will be happy to provide the answers to these and other questions which arise.

You should feel comfortable that the timber in the furniture you are considering buying has been harvested in a way which considers the effect of forestry operations on the people, animals and plants in the local environment.

A search on Google will provide a wealth of information about particular wood varieties and where they are grown.

It is sad but true that on some places illegal timber taking even causes endangered animals to be threatened. Have a look at the wood used. The Meeting of Trade in Endangered Species or CITES has a website www.cites.org  You can get more information there.

Buying Wood Furniture from reputable sellers who happily provide information about the sources of the furniture ensures that you do not contribute to practices which threaten fragile natural environments.

 

Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture Care and Preservation

Antique and heirloom furniture pieces call for special care

Antique and heirloom furniture pieces call for special care

Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture Care and Preservation
Hints for the care and preservation of Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture pieces

Although old furniture pieces may originally have been simply regarded as functional items for daily use their age and value whether monetary or sentimental mean that they warrant special treatment when being maintained or repaired.

This is especially true of valuable antique items.  To maintain their value it is important to use the correct materials and techniques in their care, maintenance and , especially , repair. The use of the correct polishes, adhesives, fasteners and finishes can dramatically affect the value of antique pieces.
Environment considerations for Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture
Warming sunlight streaming through a window can give a room a welcome lift in mood especially in the colder months,. however the effect of sunlight on our furniture, especially on older, antique or fragile items , should be considered.
Sunshine is partly composed of UV or ultraviolet light. UV light can damage antique furniture. The UV rays in sunlight can degrade wood finishes, wood surfaces and fabrics.
The finishes used on Antique furniture are made using natural materials which are less resistant to the effects of UV light than modern synthetic materials.
Old clear finishes can yellow, turn opaque, or crack from exposure to sunlight.
For this reason you should avoid placing antique furniture where it is exposed to strong , direct sunlight.
Curtains or shades can be used to diffuse or block sunlight.
Heating and Cooling Devices The action of the various devices we use to keep our homes comfortable throughout the year can have unexpected effects on Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture
Temperature, airflow and moisture content of the air have effects on your furniture. For this reason it is important to consider the placement of fragile pieces in relation to heating and air conditioning vents, radiators, fireplaces or stoves. Heated airflow can cause shrinking that can loosen joints and cause veneers, inlays and marquetry to buckle and lift..

Air conditioning units change the moisture in the air.
Because changes in the moisture in the air can cause wood to expand and contract we need to be aware of the need for fragile furniture pieces to be kept out of strong air currents from vents or ducts.
Wood expands and contracts as the moisture content, or relative humidity, of the air changes.
This expansion and contraction can cause glue joints to loosen, drawers and doors to jam or become stuck in their apertures
Too much moisture over a long period can result in conditions which favor mold  growth, rot and even insect infestation.

Where a lot of antique furniture pieces are kept in a room it may be considered worthwhile to control the temperature and humidity  in the space in order to minimize the adverse effects that moisture can have on your valuable antique furniture.

Insects and Pests affecting Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture

In addition to wood, Antique furniture may be made from leather, fabrics and upholstery materials such as horsehair. All of these materials can act as a source of food and shelter for various insects and other pests.

Insects such as powderpost beetles eat their way along the grain inside wood until they mature. Mature insects bore their way out of the wood leaving exit holes.
Active infestations can be identified by exit holes and a fine sawdust called frass appearing under the piece of furniture.
Termites stay hidden while they eat wood. Even though they work out of sight, termites leave signs to show that they have been active because the surface of the wood may start to have a “blistered”

appearance. By tapping on the wood and listening for a hollow sound, it is possible to tell by the sound which part of the wood that termites have eaten away the inside of .

As the termites continue to eat, the surface of the wood may start to have a “blistered” appearance. This happens when the termites eat too near the surface of the wood and leave only the paint on the surface.
Active infestations should be isolated as soon as possible and an exterminator and/or conservator should be consulted.

Mice and rats can be attracted to the upholstery materials found in antiques for use when nesting. Rodent activity should be addressed as irreparable damage could result if left unattended.

To take the best care possible of your Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture simply follow these easy steps-
Avoid placing antique furniture in front of a window or direct sunlight.
Avoid placing antiques near air conditioning and heating vents.
Don’t place your antique furniture near fireplaces and stoves.
Blot up spills immediately.
Dust regularly using a lint free cloth.

These simple measures will help to ensure many years of enjoyment of your Antique, Heritage and Heirloom Furniture

Wood Furniture Buying Hints

Wood Furniture Guide

Wood Furniture Guide

Wood Furniture Buying Hints

Wood Furniture is a natural choice in any home.
Wood has been used to make furniture from the earliest times.
This is because it was a material that was readily available and could be worked with simple tools and skills.
As civilization developed better tools became available and craftsmen became more skilful
New materials such as metals and later, plastics became available and nowadays may be combined with wood in furniture for a number of reasons.
The visual and tactile qualities of wood make it a popular choice for both wood furniture makers and buyers whether they prefer traditional or contemporary design for their furniture.

Wood Furniture Buying Tips

Buying wood furniture can be challenging.
There are many factors to take into consideration.
Many wood furniture buyers are becoming aware of the possible effects their choice of timber varieties may have on the environment and on wildlife that depends on it for their habitat.
This means they seek out information about the source of the materials used in the wood furniture they buy.
Many reputable manufacturers and retailers provide information about the sources of the timbers used in their furniture.

Tips to Buying  # 1 – Know what your needs are
Whether you are looking for wood furniture for the kitchen, living rooms, bedrooms, patio or garden you will have developed a set of preferences as to size, colors and styles and whether you want a new item or prefer to look at pre owned items.

 #2 If new is your choice then you will seek out whoever makes or supplies the type of furniture you like.
There are many individual craftspersons and small furniture works who can produce exquisite pieces which may be unique to you.

 #3 Look at many different pieces before you decide on one.
Talk to the maker or sales person and ask them to tell you about the materials and the manufacturing methods that were used. You will soon realize which factors are important to you and which will influence your decision about which to buy.

 #4 Finding the right used item can be a great adventure whether it is a modern item or an antique.- See our post ‘Heirloom and Antique furniture’ for more information.

Quality wood furniture can bring many years of pleasure which start with the search for the perfect piece .

Natural Wood Furniture Maintenance

Wood Furniture Care

care of wood furniture

Natural Wood Furniture Maintenance

The maintenance of natural wood furniture is important to keep the furniture looking at its best.

Many people seek natural products to use in the care of their wood furniture.

Whether it is indoor, patio or outdoor furniture natural oils and waxes can preserve and beautify wood furniture items.

Preserving your woodwork’s natural good looks can be a simple task.

There are many products available for cleaning and beautifying wood furniture but some of these can contain ingredients which smell unpleasant and may give off fumes which can affect the breathing of the occupants of the rooms.

Natural ingredients such as olive oil or boiled linseed oil blended and natural beeswax can with a little elbow grease produce beautiful and protective results.

Many furniture owners now prefer to look after their wood furniture by using these safe, pleasant , organic and easily obtainable products.

Indoor Furniture – Step by Step Wood Furniture Care

  • Dust thoroughly using a soft bristled brush to reach into all corners and crevices.
  • If needed wipe over with a soft cloth wrung out in warm soapy water. Use a paintbrush to get in to crevices.
  • Many good polishes are available from your hardware store but a  mixture of one part olive oil and one part white vinegar mixed well makes a good natural polish which has no strong solvent smell and is much cheaper.
  • use a soft, lint-free material such as an old cotton t-shirt or towel
  • Dampen the cloth with the mixture and apply generously to make sure all surfaces are nourished.
  • Use a fresh cloth to buff off excess polish and this will bring up an attractive subtle  shine on your wood furniture.

Outdoor Furniture -Step by Step Wood Furniture Care-

 

  • As outdoor wood furniture is more exposed to the effects of sun, wind and rain it needs more protection
    • If the surfaces are weathered and rough they may need a light rub with 120 grit abrasive paper. This is also good for removing any marks or scratches.
    • Dust thoroughly using a soft bristled brush to reach into all corners and crevices.
    • Many good finishes are available from your hardware store but a mixture of 400 ml of linseed oil and 600 ml of mineral turpentine mixed well makes a good natural wood finish which has no strong solvent smell and is much cheaper. This mixture should be used with good ventilation.
    • Use a soft, lint-free material such as an old cotton t-shirt or towel
    • Dampen the cloth with the mixture and apply generously and rub in to make sure all surfaces are nourished.
    • Use a fresh cloth to buff off excess
    • Repeat the application if necessary on more weathered wood.

Effects of Temperature and Humidity on Wood furniture

All woods naturally absorb moisture from the atmosphere.

Depending on how humid the air is wood expands and contracts with the seasons. This is most noticeable in Tropical climates. In the wet season furniture drawers and doors may not fit as well as in the dry seasons.

In more temperate climates there is less humidity so there is less movement in the timber.

Good quality wood furniture is built to make allowance for changes in climate and is less affected but it is important to keep the exterior surfaces nourished with a natural finish like the olive oil/white vinegar mixture or a commercial furniture polish.

 

Effects of Sunshine on Wood furniture

While you may not realize it, sunshine, or more correctly ultra violet light, can cause wood furniture to deteriorate.

Outdoor sunshine with its ultra violet radiation is far and away the most destructive. But even light coming through a window has the energy and heat warm to break down furniture finishes and damage the wood.

When possible, it is best to keep Wood Furniture out of immediate sunlight and use curtains or shutters to  control the quantity of sunlight that goes into the room.

Good Looks and Long Life

Investing a little time and work in looking after your wood furniture will pay off by making your furniture to keep its good looks for longer.

Old and Antique furniture needs careful looking after as its age may result in damage or loose joints..

To maintain the value of old and collectable pieces it is a good idea to get specific advice from an expert in the field of wood furniture restoration.

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