Solid Wood Furniture: What does that mean? How do I know it’s solid wood? Why should I pay extra for it?
There’s a lot of unknowns for most shoppers around solid wood furniture. Why should I buy it? What exactly is it? And what are its benefits… At Manchester Wood, we make and sell exclusively solid wood furniture. And here’s why:
It brings a feel of quality décor to your home.
If it’s well built, solid wood furniture is incredibly durable and can last for generations.
A common cheaper alternative is “veneer furniture,” and this is what works and what doesn’t:
It’s a lower investment, and an easier expense on a tighter budget
It gives the appearance of a larger selection of wood finishes and designs
It can be easier to match sometimes with a uniformed finish, because of its manufactured “fake” look
Commonly used with MDF, particleboard and other materials… BIG problem:
These materials are mixed with chemicals and glues to provide “strength”
They are lighter, makes it easier to manage, but doesn’t last long with major susceptibilities to damage that cannot be repaired
A lot of furniture retailers want you to buy without really looking at the materials. Be sure to check what the material is, and Google the name if you’re confused by it. As sometimes they put “dressed up” names on furniture materials to make it sound like solid wood. We truly love solid wood furniture at Manchester Wood, and not only do we enjoy making it and selling it to our customers for the last 40 years, but we love it in our own homes too.
We’ve compiled a curated list from a recent HGTV post on home decor do’s and dont’s. What we came up with are 7 home decor solutions, mixed in with a few of our products, we think you’ll find helpful.
Display your favorite photos in a gallery wall and switch them out whenever you’d like. You can organize the rest of your photos in albums by decade or event, and keep them nicely arranged on a bookshelf.
2. Stylish Accent Pieces
Use accents to incorporate the look you enjoy without being overwhelming. If you have a house in the mountains and love the beach, display a collection of seashells or coral in or on a bookcase or end table instead of designing an entire beach-style room.
3. Updated Hardware
Make small changes like switching the hardware on your kitchen or bath cabinets for a big impact.
4. Balance Furniture Pieces
Use something light made of glass or with legs, and add a tall, thin floor lamp to help bring your eye up and make it more dynamic. Be sure to keep your furniture arrangements balanced to the eye.
5. Inviting Yet Elegant
If you have the space, use it. Give your room a function, make it livable and ensure it’s welcoming.
6. Hidden Storage
Invest in stylish storage baskets on a bookcase or shelf to keep small objects in their proper spot, or add an armoire for extra hidden storage.
7. Buy Right-Sized Furniture
Follow these tips to avoid buying furniture that doesn’t fit:
1. Draw a to scale floor plan or purchase a room design kit so you can find the best layout without moving heavy furniture.
2. Embrace “less is more”, and don’t try to put too much into any space.
3. Measure the room before buying furniture pieces, and you’ll decrease the chances of making a mistake.