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There is no room without furniture. It could be anything from a chair, a table, a side stool, a sofa, a bed to an executive desk depending on the room. But can just the design of the furniture make or break the interior of that room.
Along with the design, the right choice of material of the furniture is also equally important. Originally, furniture used to be made almost solely out of wood, but now you can find it in a variety of materials, including steel, fabric, aluminum, and the ever-popular plastic. You can always choose other materials, but if you are a lover and collector of timeless and classic things and always look for ways to add nature into your homes, then wood is your obvious choice. But do you know what kind of wood to choose for your new furniture? Or what wood is used in the furniture you are planning to buy?
From this post we are starting the “WOOD’ YOU KNOW’ series in our blog. Kaashthkaari is a responsible furniture brand and would want its followers to be aware of the kind of wood their furniture is made of and all the tips and tricks of how one can check the type of wood used in the furniture they are going to invest in while buying anything in future for their homes or interiors.
Part 1 : Types of Wood – Decoded
Wooden furniture is the most elegant furniture one could have because of its color, warmth, texture, and style. But do you know when it comes to solid wood furniture, there isn’t just one wood used to do so. So let’s have a look at various types of wood that we have and can choose from to make furniture for any dream interior space..
Solid woods used for furniture making can be majorly classified into two categories: Hardwood and Softwood.
Hardwood is the wood of any broad-leaved tree ( deciduous trees that shed their leaves every year and produce seeds) such as Oak, Beech, Ash, Maple, Mahogany, Walnut, Teak, Balsa, etc. Hardwoods are more likely to be used for making high-quality furniture, decks, flooring, and construction that needs to last longer. Hardwood works well in residential as well as commercial projects. Hardwood trees have a slower growth rate, and that’s the reason it is more expensive. Hardwood is generally dark in color. Also due to its density, it takes a skilled craftsman to work with hardwood. But due to its durability, it is used where strength is of utmost importance.
Softwood, on the other hand, is the wood of evergreen trees (conifer trees that have needles and do not produce seeds) such as Pine(Cheed), Cedar, Redwood, Spruce, Juniper, and Fir. Softwood is used for making doors, windows, furniture, paper and Medium Density Fiberboard(MDF) and has lighter color tones. Softwood has a faster growth rate as compared to hardwood. It is less expensive than hardwood and easier to a source. Softwood has less fire resistance as compared with hardwood and is less suitable for high traffic areas as it does not wear as hardwood over time.
So now you have a clear idea about both types of wood. In our next post of this series, we’ll discuss major timbers used in India for furniture making.
Till next time Happy Reading!!! Happy interior styling!!!