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Choosing From a Range of Wooden Furniture

Posted on April 14, 2009

As you probably already know, there is a wide range of wooden furniture in the marketplace that you can choose from. Hopefully, you will find this simple guide helpful. There are various aspects that you need to consider, and these aspects affect the pricing of the furniture. It is then up to you to strike a balance between what you want and the price. That will lead you to a wise buying decision.

Aspect 1: Outer appearance of the wood furniture.
This is the first aspect to consider because you need to decide in advance the designs that you would prefer to have. Take a look at your existing design and spend some time brain storming for ideas. Ask yourself what type of wood furniture would fit into the existing design. If you need more ideas, you can always refer to home decor magazines to see what is in, and what is out. You may come across some designs that you particularly like. Save up those images for future reference. Once you narrow down the look and feel of the furniture to just a handful of designs, it’s now time to consider the raw materials.

Aspect 2: The type of wood.
This is the second aspect that you must consider. There are so many different types of wood to choose from. In general, they are classified into 2 broad categories – hardwood and softwood. The characteristics of hardwood is that the wood is more durable, and they are generally harder to work with. The only type of hardwood that is relatively easy to work with is teak. For this reason, teak furniture can be more costly than furniture made from other types of wood.
Softwood is easier to work with. You can expect cheaper pricing, but the furniture is much less durable. They tend to rot or become damaged just after a few short years. But the upside is that since they are so easy to work with, you get a wider range of designs.
Each has its own place in the marketplace. The only way to choose, is to be clear about your own preferences, goals, and lifestyle. For example, if you are staying in a rented apartment for about 6 months or so, it makes sense to buy cheaper furniture that is made from softwood.

Aspect 3: Wood finishing.
Most types of wood, when unprocessed, can be vulnerable when exposed to moisture. Mold may grow, and the wood will rot. To protect the furniture, protective layers should be applied to the surface of the wooden furniture (especially for outdoor furniture). Some types of wood like Teak have natural oils that protects the qualities of the wood. In this case, all the furniture needs is a light film of protection for it to last for years.

Aspect 4: Pricing.
This is the final aspect to ponder over. After considering all the above aspects, you should more or less know what exactly you are looking for. Never make a purchase based on price alone. You may end up making a bad buying decision (i.e. furniture that doesn’t fit your needs, wants, and desires). If the type of furniture you are looking for is out of budget, try settling for less branded items. You may even wish to buy wood furniture at wholesale prices for better savings.

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