Wooden furniture adds depth and character to any room, whether you’re looking for
something contemporary or classic. However, without some knowledge behind your
purchase, then you may buy something that isn’t as good quality as you thought it was.
Types of Wood
There are many different types of wood and wood effects.
Wood-Effect – this is furniture made from synthetic materials, but is designed to look like real
wood. It is cheaper than real wood, quite durable and easy to clean; wood effect is an ideal
Veneered – this furniture can be made from a range of materials, but they have thin solid
wood layers applied to the outside. If the base is solid wood or plywood, then it is a piece that
Solid Wood – a piece of furniture made from solid wood, like these ones from Furniture Plus
Online, is exactly what it says on the tin. However, a wood veneer is sometimes placed over
the top of tables for aesthetic or structural reasons.
Sheesham Wood – with an irregular grain structure, sheesham wood is an Indian wood that
makes for really beautiful furniture.
The Construction of Wooden Furniture
The construction of wooden furniture is a really important factor in determining a quality
piece. If it’s held together with staples or nails, or glue where you can see the glue, then it’s
not a good piece. If, on the other hand, it’s constructed with dowels, screws and dovetail or
mortise-and-tenon joints, then you’re onto a quality piece.
How to Clean Wooden Furniture
The way you clean your furniture will depend on what piece it is, but there are some tips that
– Dust your furniture daily to avoid dust and dirt build-up. Use a lint-free damp cloth.
– Wooden furniture with a hard lacquer or waxy finish can be dusted with a dry soft
– If your wooden furniture is oiled, then you will need to re-oil it when it dries out.
– If dust and grime has built up, then a solution of mild liquid detergent dissolved in
lukewarm clean water will clean the surface. Use a damp cloth to rinse, and use a dry
cloth to buff. Don’t use water in excess, or be allowed to stand on the wooden surface.
Using Your Furniture
– Natural light can bleach solid and veneered wood furniture, so regularly moving or
turning furniture can minimise discolouration.
– Don’t place plant pots on wooden surfaces, unless they are watertight.
– Always bear in mind any weight restrictions of the product.
– Wooden furniture is not heat resistant, so try to avoid placing hot items directly onto