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Sarah’s Guide To Buying Wood Furniture… With a Hint of Ethical Consumerism

So this week I have been putting my little brainy cap on and been getting down with some hardcore internet research on buying wood furniture. I absolutely love wood furniture. It is without a doubt my favourite style but I was never really sure on the ethical sides of things and other important factors that buyers should really be considering when thinking about buying wood furniture.

Ethical consumerism is something everyone should be aware of and unfortunately they aren’t, slightly off topic but I also found this amazing video that just sums up Ethical Consumerism.

So back to the Wood…..Wood is perhaps the most common material used for furniture making and historically woods like rosewood and fruitwoods were very popular and are now highly sought after and collectable.

After a bit of research across the net I decided to create this little report to explain the popularity of vintage furniture in the current consumer marketplace!

Today the most common types of wood used in furniture are the less expensive ones such as Pine and Ash but the more expensive variations such as Mahogany, Oak and Walnut are as ever popular and a sign of good quality. These types of wood can either be found on their own or combined with cheaper woods in some furniture ranges.

As consumers become more ethically aware in the home this has also increased interest in how products are sourced, furniture is no different and it’s now possible to buy furniture, especially wood pieces, that are ethically sourced.reclaimedwoodd

Many companies have tapped into this desire for furniture which is respectful of the environment and embraces all things ethical. Their furniture is sourced in Indonesia and India and the company concentrates on supporting local furniture making businesses and therefore continuing the country’s tradition.

It is important to recognise the characteristics of wood furniture so you are aware of its value and also re-sale value. Simple things such as being able to identify types of grain and colour are useful.

Wood is more often than not treated as bare wood can be susceptible to contractions and changes.

There are several ways that wood can be treated but for use in furniture it’s likely to be either varnished lacquered or oil coated all which protect the wood from wear and tear and give it a unique appearance and texture.

It’s imperative that wood is cared for effectively and there are various products which can be used for this purpose. Waxes are the traditional treatment used for woods and are particularly useful when used on Mahogany. Before treating your furniture you should test its compatibility with the product and this can be done by trying it out on a hidden part of the furniture where it can’t be seen.
A wax product should only be used on furniture once a month to “feed it” and sustain its shine, more frequent usage will lead to build up and the furniture will take on a dull appearance.

Thats it guys! I hope this little report will help you guys when you are heading to the shops to grab yourself some new wood furniture!

 

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