August 6, 2013

6 Tips to get the Most out of your Wooden Furniture

We’ve put together a few tips to keep in mind when using, storing or moving your wooden furniture.

After you’ve invested in new kid’s furniture, new bunk beds, loft beds, or dressers and other bedroom furniture; you’ll want to read on to make sure you get the most out of your new furniture. Wooden furniture, unlike plastics or other materials, 

offers incredible durability and beauty that requires a little bit of care.

We’ve put together a few tips to keep in mind when using, storing or moving your wooden furniture: 

Naturally natural.

Wood is porous and naturally absorbs moisture in humid conditions and dries out in hot and dry times. These natural fluctuations won’t harm your wooden furniture if the fluctuations are not too extreme. However, it is better to try and maintain a consistent environment that will minimize these changes.

Hot and Cold

Try to avoid putting your wooden furniture next to heating ducts, wood stoves and fireplaces, humidifiers or air conditioners. These will all have adverse effects on the natural wood. The best temperature for wooden furniture is right around 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity levels are best kept between 35-40 percent.

Sticky Situations.

Because of the expansion of wood during humid weather, your furniture drawers can start to get sticky. If this happens, don’t get rough on them! An easy solution is to rub a little bit of paraffin or candle wax on the sides of the drawers and the bottoms of the runners. If the environment is consistently humid, you might want to consider installing a dehumidifier. 

Tucked Away?

If for some reason you need to tuck your wooden furniture away somewhere for storage, don’t stick it in Grandma’s sweltering hot attic! Or her damp dark basement! Those are probably the two worst choices for the longevity of your wooden furniture. Heat, moisture or extreme cold will permanently damage the wood, and possibly become moldy or cracked. 

Direct Sunlight

The sun is increasingly powerful, and the UV rays it emits are very damaging to wooden furniture. Avoid placing your wooden pieces anywhere that they will receive direct sunlight. If it is not possible to do so, consider purchasing filtering shades or blinds for your windows to protect your furniture, paints and decor. Sunlight will bleach and fade just about everything; including your wooden furniture, so take care where you place it.

Minor Repairs

Kids will no doubted put a few dents and scratches in to their bunk beds and other bedroom furniture. No worries, you can often quickly and easily repair minor damages with a few simple materials. Go over to our repair section for more details on making minor repairs to your wooden furniture.

And lastly, make sure you enjoy your furniture! Use it, love it, and grow in and out of it; after all, life is for living right?

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