Modern materials such as plastic and chrome can be durable and dramatic, but when it comes to furniture for the home, real wood is the undisputed king of the castle. There are many compelling reasons for this: all natural wood is low-maintenance, it lasts practically forever under normal conditions, and it has a warm, beautiful luster that blends beautifully into just about every style of décor. From Victorian armoires to Swedish modern tables to Shaker chairs, home furnishings just wouldn’t be the same without wood. Consider these reasons why we love our wooden furniture.
Wood Furniture is Easy to Maintain
Most wooden furniture is relatively low-maintenance. You might have to dust it once in awhile, or rub off a white ring, but that’s about it. It’s also easy to refinish, or even to redesign. Wood is amenable to all kinds of treatments: stain, paint, shellac, and many others. If you want to give Grandma’s wooden armoire a modern makeover, all you have to do is strip it and give it a new top coat. If you’re so inclined, you can also carve designs into its doors, or add decorative dowels. In many cases, you can easily take a wooden piece apart if you need to move it to another location. Even a heavy wooden pool table disassembly or sofa delivery isn’t that big a deal; a furniture pro can simply take the pieces apart, move them, and reassemble them elsewhere. A one-piece plastic or metal object – not so much.
Wood Furniture Lasts Forever
There’s a good reason why Grandma’s wooden armoire is still in the family. That baby weighs 300 pounds and was built to last. Wood is tough, strong and durable. It takes a heavy blow to seriously damage a sturdy piece, and even scratches and gouges are easily repaired. A couch with a cigarette burn or a ripped leather sofa may require a couch upholstery repair, but a scratched wooden piece can usually be made good as new with a quick swipe of scratch-cover polish or touch up marker.
Wood Furniture is Beautiful
There’s nothing quite as warm and homey as a beautiful piece of stained wood furniture. Wood can be beautiful in so many different ways: it can be unfinished pine, sanded smooth as silk; it can be a regal, polished cherry wood with a mirror finish; or it can even be a gnarled, knotted slab of wood sawed from a tree stump. Wood furniture is almost like a blank canvas, because no matter how it starts out, it can be stained and finished to fit into almost any setting. A piece of real wood furniture is immediately distinguishable from a particle board piece with a thin top layer of wood glued on. The layered piece looks flat and fake; the real wood looks rich and solid.
Wood furniture has been around since men first sat on tree stumps around a fire, and it will probably remain in use for as long as mankind endures. That’s another reason to love wood furniture: millennia of wood furniture fans can’t be wrong!