There is no room in the house where wooden furniture does not add warmth, richness, comfort, and finesse. The benefits of wooden furniture in the home—tables, chairs, bed frames, cabinets, chests of drawers, cupboards, and even ornaments—cannot be overstated. Most importantly, wood possesses an unmatched combination of visual appeal and structural integrity that no other material can match.
Wood, as a component of nature-inspired interior design, has the ability to transform the mood of a room or an entire house, evoking a warm, inviting atmosphere and a truly ‘organic’ sense. Additionally, it is not a fad—this material has been used to make furniture for centuries upon generations, and as such, it possesses an incomparable timeless consistency.
While a full list of all the reasons why wood is the best material for furniture will be lengthy, here are some of the primary ways that any furniture scheme will benefit from adding a wooden touch.
Durability and toughness
Naturally, wood is a durable and sturdy material that is the ideal option for those looking for long-lasting furniture. If you choose a hardwood (such as Australian oak, blackwood, or jarrah) or a softwood (such as hoop pine, celery top pine, or pinus radiata), a well-made wooden chair or desk possesses an inherent stability and dependability.
This longevity means that wooden furniture is an outstanding value for money—and if you ever decide to sell a piece, well-made, well-cared-for furniture retains its value over time.
Additionally, durability guarantees ease of maintenance. Waxing, polishing, and oiling are only needed on a sporadic basis and are a simple method.
Look and feel
As previously stated, wood can lend a sense of integrity and elegance to any room, whether it is lighter in color or richer in darker hues. And when designed by a professional artist, the ability for design creativity to enhance the artistic appeal of a piece of furniture is limitless.
Wooden furniture can also contribute significantly to creating an indoor sense of the natural world. If you live in a city apartment building with a high density of residents, you will wish to cultivate a sense of nature in your living room. Wood is the ideal material for this, due to its wide color spectrum and fascinating grain and fiber patterns. Additionally, wood can instantly infuse an otherwise sterile environment with warmth.
When responsibly sourced and certified, wood is an excellent choice for sustainability, making it an environmentally friendly way to furnish a home.
Responsiblely sourced wood is the only green building material available—trees harvested for their wood can be replenished by new development. Additionally, the carbon footprint associated with the manufacture and processing of wood products is significantly less than that associated with other construction materials. Additionally, since up to 50% of the dry weight of wood is carbon, they have the ability to store carbon, which is critical in the battle against climate change.
Another way that wood is a sustainable choice is that it enables you to ‘buy local’ from artisanal groups in your neighborhood. This provides an opportunity to help not only the local timber industry, but also the local economy.
Since wood comes in such a wide variety of colors and tones, there is a great deal of variety in terms of style and appearance. Not to mention the subtle yet obvious variations in the grains and textures of various organisms and cuts.
Apart from the actual material, there is additional variation available in that each furniture maker – especially if you are purchasing from an independent craftsman – has a unique perspective on design, depending on the type of furniture being built and on personal preferences (yours and theirs). When it comes to wooden furniture, there is little uniformity and plenty of space for design creativity to ensure a one-of-a-kind item.
In comparison to many other materials, wood looks good in almost any environment. Wooden furniture complements every design scheme, whether modern or rustic, and various species combine harmoniously within a single space or home. Consider spotted gum or red gum for a large dining table and pine for a dresser; in either case, these wood tones lend an air of effortless elegance to every home.
Naturally, its adaptability extends to the outdoors. When treated with oils to protect them from the elements, timber furniture such as jarrah and treated pine will look stunning in the garden or on a veranda.