Understanding Wood Materials

February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

There are various types of wood, each of which has its own benefits   

Browse the various furniture stores in MA and RI and you’ll quickly see that you have a lot of choice when it comes to wood. While glass, metal and plastic all have their roles in outfitting our homes and offices, wood remains the undisputed king of furniture materials. If you’re looking for new furniture but aren’t sure what type of wood is best, here’s a look at the various kinds.

Hardwood vs. Softwood

Used primarily in furniture intended to hold a great deal of weight, hardwood is treasured for its sturdy presence and additional heft. You may regret your decision to buy a hardwood desk when it comes time to rearrange the office, but no one can take away from the prestige and utility this material lends a room. Softwood, on the other hand, is much lighter and is used in projects that require close molding or sculpting. When the goal is artistic flourish rather than durability, softwood is usually chosen.

Mahogany

Mahogany can never be mistaken, given its amber coloring and, well, high price. Because of its exceptional quality, you won’t find many pieces of mahogany furniture at discount RI and MA furniture stores. Customers look to these pieces when they want to outfit a room with the finest hardwood available. Among its many benefits, mahogany is resistant to swelling from ambient moisture.

Pine

For the furniture shopper looking for a bargain, pine is often at the top of the list. A light softwood, pine is often used in the furniture industry for pieces that need to be shaped specifically for design. To maintain the quality finish, you should keep pine furniture away from hot or cold temperatures and clean with a duster or (slightly) damp cloth.

Oak

When people want to make a comparison for the purposes of strength, they often call upon the mighty oak for their imagery. One of the most precious hardwoods in the furniture business, oak is known for its resistance to moisture. A cloth dampened with teak oil can be your best tool when cleaning untreated oak furniture.

Particle Board

You won’t find a forest growing particle board trees, but you’ll find plenty of furniture made from this engineered product. This composite material is used to create furniture that doesn’t come with the high price tag of solid wood. Often used in conjunction with veneer laminate, it can create the illusion of solid wood furniture for a much lower price.

If you are looking to redecorate a room or are in search of some new pieces, visit Cardi’s for all of your furniture needs.

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