There’s a reason why wooden furniture is the most popular. There is just something so natural and beautiful about it and it blends seamlessly into your home decor.
Wooden furniture comes in a wide range. It can either be hardwood or softwood. But within that you will find a huge variety of different colours and looks. So what exactly are the top types of wooden furniture available?
It should be pointed out that whilst chipboard, which is man-made from compressed reconstituted wood chips and resin which is then veneered, is the most popular type. It is also the cheapest and is usually used in the mass-produced furniture found in many big stores. Hence its popularity.
The thing about solid wood furniture in comparison, aside from having a far increased quality, is that it is more durable. A great piece of wooden furniture can last a long time.
Types Of Wooden Furniture:
Walnut is a versatile hardwood that comes in a variety of different shades, from a very dark to pale brown, depending on just what part of the tree the wood has been cut from.
Traditional heavy solid wood furniture is often made from walnut due to its look and durability.
A well cared for piece of walnut furniture will retain its look for many years which is one of the reasons why it is popular amongst manufacturers.
Known as the ‘King of Woods’ oak has been a furniture staple for hundreds of years. It is strong and dense which gives it serious durability. A good piece of oak furniture can last for lifetimes and could be considered a solid investment.
Oak furniture is typically made from red or white oak. Obviously, what type you go for depends on what aesthetic you want. White oak is the most expensive of the two but is still cheaper than the likes of acacia and walnut due to its availability.
This tropical hardwood is unlike oak as it comes from a number of trees in the same family (Meliaceae).
It has a reddish-brown timber which can become darker over the years. When polished it is left with a beautiful red shine.
Like most hardwoods it also has great, long-lasting durability, and is resistant to damage.
This tropical and sub-tropical wood has been used in furniture making for a very long time. Acacia is similar to mahogany in that it isn’t just a single tree. It comes from a genus of around 160 species of tress and shrubs.
Due to its quick growth it is considered to be one of the most environmentally-friendly wood types which makes it a great choice for the environmentally minded as it easily replaceable.
It can come in light or dark shades, is very durable, and is commonly used in furniture pieces which have to bear a large weight.
Acacia is good value for money and can provide you with a great piece of quality furniture compared to its cost. While not the cheapest available it fits into a good middle ground of cost and quality.
Shabby Chic is one of those environmentally-friendly styles that relates to furniture which has a slightly worn and vintage appearance. While Shabby Chic items can be relatively new they are distressed in order to give them an antique look.
As Shabby Chic items are created from already existing furniture pieces there is no real need for any additional raw materials to be used.
Upcycling is the process of reusing older materials and giving them new life. Its like a kind of recycling. Similar to Shabby Chic it is something which has continually grown in popularity.
This is another of those environmentally-friendly processes as it isn’t putting any new stress on the environment. The raw materials are already in existence and it is just a matter of transforming them into something new.
Upcycled pieces can be some of the most unique and beautiful around.
Wooden furniture is normally the go-to type for furniture pieces and it comes as no surprise that it has retained its popularity for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. No doubt it will continue to do so.