Features and Benefits of DIY Wooden Furniture
Wood is an excellent material for the design and creation of exclusive furniture, vibrant and incredibly comfortable, attractive and solid, ergonomic and practical. And even the rapid development of scientific and technological progress, as well as the appearance on the market of new technologies and innovative materials, have not made a natural tree of valuable species less popular and in demand among admirers of natural beauty and style.
Making home furnishings from wood. Benefits
The advantages of furniture made of natural wood can hardly be overestimated: the point here is not only the aesthetic component, but also the high performance, thanks to which wood has long been used for construction purposes and for the manufacture of unique interior items.
The main advantages include:
Environmental friendliness. The tree at the time of use does not emit harmful substances and toxic substances to the air. Rather, it is the other way around: natural resins and essential oils that have a beneficial effect on the body and phytoncides known for their bactericidal properties are released into the environment. The special energy of wildlife in your home;
Exceptional strength, high resistance to mechanical damage and durability of use. High-quality wooden furniture can survive any person: its minimum service life is 50 years, and the repair of interior items is easy and quick;
Comfort. Interior items made of wood made in accordance with all the rules are ergonomic and take into account the peculiarities of physique;
A variety of stylistic and design solutions, textural and all kinds of color variations.
Visual appeal and presentability. It is with her that the process of choosing wooden furniture begins. Refined and non-trivial finishes, original decorative accessories (inlays or handmade carvings) attract the attention of consumers, and the process of selecting items in a particular environment is always interesting and unique.
For the manufacture of wooden furniture with their own hands, two types of wood panels are usually used:
Solid, made from a single piece of forest and processed by a special method;
Compressed or glued, obtained by joining and further pressing thin boards. The result is a more durable and reliable material for making wooden furniture with your own hands.
At the present stage, a person knows more than 40 species of wood that can be classified as hard and soft wood.
Rowan, oak, beech, elm, apple, ash, acacia, yew, dogwood and sycamore are classified as hardwoods that go to the construction of furniture frames and load-bearing structures designed for a serious, daily load.
Professionals attribute cherry, pine, willow, cedar, alder, poplar, aspen, fir and juniper to soft varieties of wood, from which you can get unique decorative elements, original facades, not designed for high load.
Let us dwell in more detail on the types of wood that make up the lion’s share of traditional pieces of furniture in every home.
In the manufacture of wooden furniture with their own hands, not only its functional purpose is taken into account, but also special operating conditions, which establish the basic requirements for a natural mass breed. For example, for a bathroom, baths, saunas and other rooms with high humidity, hanging cabinets and other pieces of furniture are best made from moisture-resistant species of wood, such as cedar.
To create wooden furniture with their own hands, traditionally use birch, pine, oak, larch, cherry, cedar, poplar, maple, ash and linden. Amazingly beautiful and exclusive furniture will come from mahogany, wenge, meranti, makore, which have a unique natural texture and a noble color scheme.
Pine, being a soft breed of wood, is characterized by low impact-resistant performance and is used mainly for the manufacture of handmade decorative elements, miniature cabinets and neat shelves, as well as a frame for upholstered furniture.
Beech, the strength of which can be compared with the strength of oak, has low water and moisture repellent properties, which is still not very good for wooden furniture. Therefore, before use, the wood is treated with a special protective composition, and the product itself is not used in rooms with a high level of humidity.
Oak is considered the main natural raw material for the production of most bulky and massive furniture accessories: cabinets, chests of drawers, beds. And all thanks to the unique quality and performance characteristics of the oak material:
ease of processing;
excellent moisture resistance;
lack of rotting and destruction of furniture by insects;
resistance to mechanical stress;
Birch is an extremely beautiful and wayward tree species, which, unfortunately, cannot be attributed to a strong, shock-and moisture-resistant material.