Wood furniture comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles to fit your home. You can find handmade pieces shops that specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces, or mass-produced woodwork that will fit a smaller budget. Wood furniture is a great addition to any home, and can change the way your home feels. There are many different types of wood, and some are more suitable for certain pieces than others. These pieces can also be painted or stained to match any color scheme in your home, and come in a variety of styles to fit your needs.
When selecting your wood furniture, one of the first things you want to think about is what type of wood is the furniture made out of. Some woods are better than others for certain pieces, and there are two main things to think about when considering your wood, hardness, and grain and color. In general, furniture made out of hardwood tends to be more valuable as well as expensive. This is because it takes longer for a hardwood tree to grow than a softwood tree. Hardwood pieces are those made out of teak, walnut, oak, ash, cherry, maple, birch, etc. These are trees that have leaves that die every year in the winter. Softwood pieces tend to be less expensive, and are typically made out of wood like pine, cedar, fir, etc. For quick reference, these are trees that have needles instead of leaves. Grain and color are another factor to think about when choosing wood furniture. Typically, hard woods have a darker color and finer grain than softwoods. Because of the fact that woods with more distinctive patterns are more valuable, this also makes hardwood furniture more beautiful and more expensive. Softwood furniture does have beautiful colors as well, but because their grain isn't as strong as hardwoods, they are usually stained in order to artificially give them that character. This doesn't mean that softwood furniture is worse than hardwood, just that different things can be, or should be done to it versus what can and should be done to hardwoods to bring out their character.
You can find quality wood furniture for any and all rooms of your home. For the bedroom, it is usually popular to choose a darker wood for the bed, dresser, vanity, etc. The dark color gives more warmth to the room. If you're looking for cheaper wood furniture for your child's room, choose a soft wood like beech or pine. In your kitchen, your shelves, cabinets, tables, and chairs could be made out of wood. A great example of that hard or softwood decision comes to play in the kitchen. You can have cabinets made out of pine (a softwood) if you're planning on painting or decorating the cabinets after construction. Maple, (a hardwood) is more expensive, but is much more durable and won't break down with some abuse and stress. In your living room, you can use wood furniture for your coffee and end tables, entertainment system, mantle over a fireplace, etc. Other miscellaneous pieces that are beautiful in wood are bookshelves, computer desks, and more.
Deciding what wood furniture to buy for your home may seem like a daunting task with so many woods, options, colors, prices, and styles to choose from. Every homeowner has their own style and tastes, and different values they are looking for when purchasing wood furniture, whether it be quality, value, color, or style, there are so many varieties that finding something that will go perfect in your home doesn't have to be difficult. Keeping in mind a few things about the two different types of woods can help any consumer make an educated decision when going out and looking at wood furniture to purchase for their home.