Maybe you bought a new house and it needs furnishing, or you are looking for a statement piece to add to your décor. Solid wood furniture will give you the design, functionality, and durability to stay in your family for generations.
When choosing the type of furniture to put in your home, there are plenty of options. This is why doing your research before buying is essential. A lot of companies now sell “fast-furniture”, which is composed of flat pack, MDF or particleboard designs. These types of pieces are great for a quick fix or when you are not ready to invest in high quality pieces. By investing in real wood furniture you will create a collection of items to serve you and your family for many years to come.
Here are some of the reasons you should be considering solid wood for your next furniture purchase
1. Each piece can be fully customized
When you purchase furniture from a big box store you don’t get to change all the aspects of each piece. You buy what they have. When working with our team you can customize the dimensions, wood type, stain colour, hardware, and fabric - on every single piece. By creating a custom piece of furniture you are guaranteed to have a truly unique piece that fits in seamlessly with your décor.
Have a look at just a few of the options you have when customizing your
2. The furniture will last you a very long time
Due to the nature of the materials, real wood outlasts any other wood composite. With the right treatment and care, real wood is going to last at least 15 years – with many spanning multiple generations. Solid wood is easy to repair if it gets damaged, a little sanding and some refinishing will restore it to its former glory.
If you are looking for an investment piece that you can use for your whole lifetime, or something that can be passed down as an heirloom piece – it has to be solid wood; it will stand the test of time.
Compare this to the flat pack furniture you can buy from most mass producers – you will be lucky if the piece lasts you 5 years. Wood products like MDF and particleboard are constructed to be made quickly and sell quickly. They are not created to pass on to your children. Damage to these types of materials will remain permanent because of the compression used in its construction. The material is highly compressed with resin to form an external sealant, creating a surface that cannot be repaired easily with any amount of sanding.
3. Real wood looks beautiful
A solid wood piece in your home creates a focal point. With its handcrafted design and customized elements, it commands attention. Each and every piece of wood has a variation. At Oak Unlimited we like to use Canadian Wormy Maple, Oak or Cherry for its different colours and mineral streaks throughout. You can rest assured that every solid wood item in your home is one-of-a-kind.
4. An interior rich in real wood can increase the value of your home
Ask any realtor or home stager – having some solid wood statement pieces is sure to drive up the value of your home when reselling. The furniture is considered an investment piece and people view these as a commitment to quality. As long as you maintain your furniture it is something that can shift a prospective buyer’s opinion on the home as a whole.
5. It is more environmentally friendly
Not only does solid wood furniture stand the test of time and contribute to your home’s impressive aesthetics, but it also helps the environment. If your MDF table sustains some damage, you will likely have to throw it out rather than repair it. By lasting a lifetime longer than “fast-furniture”, real wood keeps more furniture from ending up in our landfills.
MDF is an engineered wood, which means it is constructed of wood particles and a mix of resins and glues, fused together under high heat and pressure. The main problem with this is off-gassing. This occurs after the material has been created and the glues emit small chemical particles into the air.
Solid wood does result in trees being cut down, but we ensure that all of our brands are committed to having environmentally friendly processes and sustaining our forests. Handstone’s Green Commitment and Brentwood Classics’ Eco-Friendly Practices are just some of the ways we are supporting the environment, as well as local craftspeople. All of our brands are proudly Canadian and use only locally sourced wood in all their products. Buying a handmade piece of furniture and supporting your community has never been easier.
By choosing to invest in a piece of solid wood furniture you are ensuring that your family will treasure this item for years to come. The value of well-kept wood furniture always increases, as people love to have vintage elements in their décor.
If you are ready to create a custom piece of furniture to suit your style contact us today. We would love to create a truly unique piece for you and your family.