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Why Choose Solid Wood Furniture?

April 25, 2017

Solid Wood FurnitureSolid 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.
  • There is a sustainability and ethical factor. We believe in Eco-friendly sourcing practices.
  • 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.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Kris Bell May 1, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I love truly wooden furniture – am sitting at my Manchester Wood Mission Desk doing my computer work. the desk cleans easily and handles the day to day of a family – my sons sit on it to watch computer videos.

  • Reply Kimberley Thomas May 1, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I would not have anything but real wood in my home’s furnishings! With all the chemicals used in fake wood I feel safer with the real deal. And you can not compare the lasting quality and beauty of real wood craftsmanship!

  • Reply Kimberley Thomas May 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    real wood craftsmanship is quality to todays fake one’s

  • Reply Amber May 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Fake wood is like fake friends – useless!

    Nice products BTW.

  • Reply Jennifer Essad May 11, 2016 at 2:18 am

    When we bought our first home they left us a triangle table that had been painted over. My husband thought he’d try his hand at refinishing and low and behold it was from the 50’s from a major furniture manufacturer. We tried to collect as many of the line and now own 4 – 2 still need refinished. I know they wouldn’t be so solid if they weren’t USA made.

  • Reply Susan Cyr May 1, 2017 at 7:51 am

    There is nothing like the quality of solid wood furniture. I especially like the beauty, simplicity and sturdiness of the carts made by Manchester Wood. I own several which I use for a variety of purposes and have two sets of two carts which I use as apstackable units. I especially appreciate this month’s article on safe products to use in cleaning the wood surfaces, especially the product with an almond scent.

  • Reply Judi Dilks May 1, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I recently retired and needed a desk at home to keep myself organized. I thought of Manchester Wood first, and found the Shaker Secretary. It fits perfectly in my home and my lifestyle – a compact, solid and beautiful addition. Thanks!

  • Reply JoAnne Stefanac May 1, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Nothing quite as special as “real wood” furniture. Believe me, we’ve had both and really the only stuff we still have around here is the REAL wood! It’s lasts forever and ever!! And the minute you look at it, you can SEE the quality. Especially the new stuff we most recently bought from Manchester. It’s “WOW” furniture. We started our search looking for something made in the U.S.A. (Not a lot, let me tell you!) and came across Manchester in that search. So happy for our efforts! We’re so happy with our purchases.

  • Reply Judith May 7, 2017 at 9:08 am

    You have lovely furniture. I would love to own a piece (or pieces) someday.

  • Reply Finley Moreira September 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

    It’s good to know that wood furniture is very durable. My wife and I are going to be furnishing our bedroom, but want want furniture that will last us for a long time. Going with something made from solid wood sounds like it would be the best suited for that purpose.

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