What To Expect With Solid Wood Furniture

When you buy quality solid wood furniture, you can expect it to stay beautiful for many years as long as it’s well cared for. The strong visual presence and organic feel of wood never goes out of style and fits with most decorating themes. These pieces can even blur the line between vintage and modern, as do the tables and desks in our Industrial Collection.

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Durable

Solid wood furniture is an investment that, if properly cared for, can be passed down from generation to generation. Furniture like our Classic Farmhouse table is the sort of thing that can stay in the family for a long time and become an heirloom.

In keeping with their durability, you can expect solid wood furniture pieces will be heavy. This makes them harder to move, but also more sturdy. It’s just something to keep in mind if you’re planning to move or rearrange furniture frequently.

Easy-Care

Taking care of solid wood furniture is not difficult. To keep the wood from warping, avoid exposing it to excessive temperatures, liquid, and extreme changes in humidity. For tables, make sure you put a hot pad down before placing any warm dishes on the surface. Table clothes, coasters, runners, and/or placemats will also help keep the surface in good shape.

We recommend using mild soap and a soft cloth, like microfiber, to clean your Rustic + Modern furniture. Never use harsh chemicals like bleach, as they will eat away at the finish. Instead, polish and protect wood as-needed using a product like Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner.

Restore-able

Solid wood furniture ages gracefully and often stays beautiful for many, many years. When it does start to show its age, wood furniture can be made beautiful again. Unlike manufactured wood and veneers, you can refinish solid wood.

Even old, neglected furniture that’s decades old can be refinished. The fact that people are still picking up old solid wood dressers, tables and chairs and restoring them to their former beauty is a testament to wood furniture’s endurance.

Sustainable

We’re more conscious than ever about the environmental impact of our products, and solid wood is one of the most environmental-friendly choices you can make when shopping for furniture. Plastics, veneers, and engineered wood are typically heavily processed and filled with chemicals. Solid wood, on the other hand, can be manufactured in a more natural way.

The wood used in solid furnishings can be sourced from forests being replenished by new plantings. When you take into consideration how long solid wood furniture can last and how many years will pass before it’s ever thrown away, it becomes an even more sustainable choice.

How To Find High Quality Furniture

Anyone can tell you that you’re buying high-quality furniture, but how do you know they’re telling the truth? If you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, you need to know what to look for when furniture shopping.

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Type of Wood

Wooden furniture can be made from hardwoods, softwoods, or engineered woods. Some engineered woods are fairly sturdy, but they can’t be refinished. Avoid anything made of particleboard, pressed wood, or fiberboard – it’s too flimsy. Veneers, which have a thin piece of high-quality wood covering less-expensive wood, might look nice, but they can’t be refinished either.

Solid softwood (from conifers like pine) and hardwood (from deciduous trees like oak and maple) are the best choices. These woods tend to last longer and furniture made from solid hardwood can be refinished once it starts to show its age. That’s why Rustic + Modern only uses high-quality, solid hard and softwoods in our furniture.

Construction

Once you’re assured that the furniture is made from a good, solid wood take a look at the construction. You want furniture pieces with straight angles and no warping. Check that all the legs rest firmly on the floor and the piece doesn’t wobble when sitting on a flat surface.

Next, look at the joints. The best furniture uses either dovetail joints or mortise and tenon joints. Dovetail joints look like interlocking teeth or puzzle pieces. Mortise and tenon joints have one piece of wood fitted into the other then secured with a fastener. Don’t buy pieces held together with staples or visible glue – good furniture is fastened with dowels or screws, and any glue used will be out of sight.

Finish

A high quality, long-lasting finish is really important to maintaining the quality of wood furniture, especially tabletops. Well-finished wood feels smooth when you run your hand across it and has an even stain that enhances the wood’s natural beauty.

Signs of poorly finished wood include a rough surface (unless the piece is intentionally distressed), splintered edges, scratches, dents, and specks, bubbles and drips in the finish. Dull patches on the surface indicated uneven coats of stain and/or finish.

Design

If you’re planning on keeping this furniture piece for a while, make sure the design is something you want to live with for many years. Decorating fads might look good now, but will it fit into your home in 5, 10 or 20+ years? High-quality wood furniture is an investment that, if cared for properly, can become a family heirloom. Keep that in mind when shopping for and designing your furniture.

Want to inspect the quality of our Rustic + Modern furniture in person? Contact us to make an appointment and visit our design center.