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4 Tips For Redesigning Your Living Room

The living room is the hub of entertainment in the house, hosting friends on the weekend and offering some much needed relaxation during the week. For many people, the living room houses the television, and so it’s where all the fights over the remote happen as well. In order to design the perfect living room, you have to give some thought to how you use it. In this article, we’ll look at how you can add Woodcraft solid wood furniture to your living room to give it character, as well as how to design the room around it.

Creating A Focal Point
The single most important tenet when designing a living room is that there needs to be some kind of central point, around which the activity takes place. This is typically the job of a coffee table, which serves an important function (as a place for everyone’s drink as they converse or watch TV) as well as meets an aesthetic demand (that the room be centered on something). Because of its importance, when looking for wood coffee tables for your home family room, choose something that will impress, like our Portland Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table or our Parkdale Coffee Table.

Let There Be Light
Now that you’ve established a focal point, turn your attention to the lighting. There should be ample light – preferably it would be natural light, but if your living room is short on windows, the next best thing is soft lighting from lamps around the room, which in addition to creating layers of inviting light, will give you an opportunity to add some personal style to the room. You can even create lampshades by repurposing household items, giving your living room that “eco chic” look.

Get The Conversation Started
So you have a focal point and some good lighting. Next, it’s important to reflect on what the living room is meant for – it’s meant to facilitate conversation. Since you already have a focal point, this should just be a matter of positioning the couch(es) and chairs around the coffee table (leaving some space, of course). Choose a wall that will be the entertainment wall, where you can put a solid wood entertainment unit, like our Modo 82” Console w/ Hutch. An entertainment unit can add real class and character to a living room, acting like a modern version of the fireplace. Or for a smaller piece, check out our Ottawa Valley 61” HDTV cabinet. To look at either of these in person, or if you have questions about any of our solid wood furniture, you can call us anytime or email us.

Add An Artistic Flair
Finally, decorate the other walls with art based on the colour scheme you’ve already established with the couches, lamps and curtains. Try and be restrained, ensuring that the art pieces follow a single colour scheme and that they are cohesive. In other words, you don’t want a loud painting with lots of neon, and a bespoke painting of sunflowers next to it. A lot of people even choose to just go with one large painting, a minimal approach that makes a statement.

Redesigning a living room should, first and foremost, be a fun experience. Try involving the family and give them options as to what furniture pieces they’d like to see in the living room. If you remember these fundamental tips – creating a focal point, lighting it amply, positioning the furniture for conversation and choosing art to go with it – you’re well on your way to a terrific meeting spot for family and friends.

This Valentine’s Day, Give Solid Wood Furniture Instead Of Chocolates

You can go one of two ways this Valentine’s Day: you can take the easy way with a respectable, above-average box of chocolates that comes with a printed ribbon on the box, or you can really wow your significant other. When you give someone the gift of solid wood furniture made by craftsman from Canadian wood, you’re giving them a gift that will last a lifetime, one that conveys all the things a strong relationship does: quality, care and a solid build.

Quality

We don’t remain too modest on the fact that Woodcraft wood furniture is high quality, from top to bottom – from the materials used to the expertise applied. If you’re going to get your significant other something special this Valentine’s Day – something, admittedly, that will benefit you both – check out our solid wood bedroom sets. Obviously, for reasons this article isn’t going to touch on, a bedroom is the locus of a good relationship, so ensuring that it’s furnished with quality pieces is pretty important.

Whether you’re going for a clean, sophisticated look, as with our Brent Bedroom Collection, with its abundance of dressers and chests and its urbane Brent Panel Bed, or something a little more rustic, as with our charming, Simply Country Bedroom Collection (perfect, too, if you’re shopping for the cottage), we’ve got bedroom furniture for all styles and settings. You can even stop by our showroom in Whitby to get a firsthand look at your potential Valentine’s gift. Coordinate with us ahead of time about delivery and we’ll make sure that the surprise is ready and waiting for your significant other when the time is right. When you see advice columns that say “shake things up in the bedroom”, we assume that this is what they really had in mind!

Care

As with a relationship, a piece of solid wood furniture requires a bit of TLC. In these frigid winter months (which, as predicted, has been pretty biting), try and control the humidity in your home with a humidifier, keeping it around 40 to 45 percent, making sure as well that the furniture avoids direct sunlight. A good dusting every now and again, as well as the occasional clean will see your gift stay in tip-top shape for ages.  Of course, when we say “care” we’re also referring to the care we put into each of these pieces, something that comes naturally with our over 40 years in the business.

Solid Build

Why do you think it is that diamonds are such a popular gift for spouses? It’s because they’re sturdy, solid, unbreakable, just like your relationship. Well, the same goes for solid wood furniture, which, unlike the mass-produced stuff, is solid enough to withstand a lifetime, even longer. Take for instance a reclaimed wood table like our Jackson or Portland table, where we use repurposed wood to create something wholly new and unique. Not only is reclaimed wood popular right now because of its rustic character, but it’s also a testament to the staying power and lasting beauty of solid wood. Diamonds are a little cliché at this point, but solid wood furniture isn’t – not only is it beautiful and elegant, but it’s functional and usable.

This Valentine’s Day, don’t take the path commonly travelled. Stop by our Whitby showroom, or contact us through our website to set up delivery or pickup of what is sure to be the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift.

How To Add “Hygge” To Your Home This Winter

A warm cup of mulled wine or cocoa, a wool sweater, a crackling fireplace and a home decked out in solid wood – what is it about these things that make them so lovely and inviting? There is plenty to complain about with these Ontario winters (the roads, the slush, the salt, the shoveling… you get it!) but one thing no one can be mad about is getting to cozy up indoors. It can be one of the absolute most comforting things in the world being greeted by a cozy home, something the Danish caught on to way back in the 1500s, even going so far as to give it a name – “hygge”.

What is hygge, exactly? Well, quite literally it means “wellness” or “contentment”, but its cultural meaning has to do with creating an atmosphere of warmth and conviviality, often at home in the winter. Imagine a wood cabin in Denmark filled with friends laughing and sharing stories and drinks – you’re closer to understanding the cultural significance of hygge. But how do you create such an atmosphere in your own home? Well, for starters, Woodcraft solid wood furniture certainly adds a warm, rustic charm.

It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why, but solid wood adds to a feeling of warmth and coziness to a home. Perhaps it’s because it reminds us of log cabins and lake cottages, where there’s always an oven on and a fire roaring. Maybe it’s because the alternatives – metal, glass, brick – are literally cold to the touch. All we know is that it’s closely associated with comfort, warmth and, yes, hygge. If you’re looking for a new buffet hutch or a new dining room table in Mississauga this winter, go the cozy route with solid wood furniture.

For a table, if you really want to run with this hygge idea, check out our Acropolis Live Edge Table. Live edge, as we’ve discussed before on this blog, is when the raw wood texture is allowed to remain intact at the edges, giving the furniture a more natural look. This reminder of the outdoors, of the knotty texture of trees, adds a real sense of warm, countryside craftsmanship to a room. We offer it in maple, wormy maple, oak, vintage cherry and pine, as well as a number of different stains, so you can customize your table to fit your existing décor. Imagine gathering around that after a cold day outside – heavenly!

Another very warm and inviting type of wood is reclaimed wood, although its charm is different than that of live edge furniture’s. With reclaimed wood furniture, like our reclaimed wood coffee table or dining tables, we take wood used previously in an industrial setting and breathe new life into it by celebrating its timeworn features. Whereas live edge furniture gets its appeal from reminding us of nature, reclaimed wood takes its appeal from its industrial history, giving it character and depth. With a few hearty plants and maybe a ceramic bowl, this  kind of wood really adds to the cozy, warm feeling of a room.

The Danish know a thing or two about the cold, which means they also know a thing or two about making the most out of winter. So here’s the plan: wear your most comfortable clothes, your wool socks and sweater, cook a nice roast meal and pour a hot cup of whatever you like to drink, and cozy up around a solid wood table with family or friends. Living this way, the winter might even become your favourite season.

5 Tips For A More Modern Dining Room

There’s a tendency to want to dismiss the dining room as purely functional – you eat your meals there, and that’s about it. But a dining room is a whole lot more than just a pit stop on your way to a more glamorous room; it’s a centre of conversation, a games room, and a place where your family gets closer together or your friends come to visit, all rolled into one room. Too often, the dining room gets a basic treatment, but if you want to really create a beautiful space, one you’re excited to entertain guests in, you have to modernize. Here are five tips for creating a more modern dining room.

Solid Wood Furniture

Of course we’re going to lead with this one! Any kind of quality made wood furniture like our Metro Dining Table with Chrome Base, is the perfect marriage of functionality and modernity. As the name suggests, the base of this one is chrome, which adds a metropolitan style of sophistication to the dining room, and its simple, geometrical top is striking and minimal. It would go perfectly with our Modern Ladderback Chairs, which sports a stylish open back and clean design.

Plants

For a more modern look, a lot of people are foregoing flowers for plants – the heartier the better. This site, rounding up last year’s hottest houseplant trends (yes, the internet contains just about everything, doesn’t it?) lists Fiddleleaf fig trees, ferns and various cacti and succulents as its top picks, an opinion echoed elsewhere in the home décor world. These tough plants pair perfectly with other modern flourishes, like glass bottles (see below), copper and wood.

Glass

The reason modern home décor experts love glass is pretty simple: it allows a room to remain open. Its natural transparency tricks the eye into thinking there’s more free space than there really is, giving the room a more expansive feel. If you want to cultivate this kind of openness in your dining room, take a look at our Bergen Glass Dining Table, which in addition to having a lovely glass top also boasts a stylish Scandinavian design as its base. If you’re into modern minimalism, this is the choice for you, and you can contact us anytime to talk about getting your hands on one.

Rethink Your Lighting

Not only are we talking about the quality of light in the room, but the actual fixtures themselves. According to Trendir, a leading voice on modern design, pendants, lanterns and metallic fixtures are all fantastic for a modern flair. But perhaps the coolest one on this list is the glass bulb, which is a glass sphere about the size of a basketball that hangs from the ceiling by a simple metal strand. The website recommends trying different coloured bulbs in these, but, um, we’re not so sure that’s an idea for everyone.

Reclaimed Wood

Finally, this hot design trend is an absolute must for the modern dining room. Centering the room around a reclaimed wood dining table will add immediate character and style, with its beautifully timeworn appearance. This kind of industrial look is really in right now, and pieces like our Jackson Reclaimed Wood Dining Table and Austin Reclaimed Wood Dining Table are stunning examples of the style. Pair one of these with those aforementioned bulb lights and maybe a nice fern centerpiece, and you’ve got yourself a striking, minimalist, modern dining room that your friends are going to drop their jaws over.

Creating a more modern dining room isn’t difficult, but it does take some though and consideration. If you’re looking to kick your dining room into the 21st Century, come take a look at what we have to offer.

How To Turn Your Modest Apartment Into A Holiday Dream Home

If you live anywhere in the GTA these days, you’ll understand that apartments are getting more, well… modest. As the price of real estate skyrockets, both renters and prospective buyers are looking at ever-smaller apartments and condos in which to make a home. But having a small apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t turn into a welcoming, festive space this holiday season and in fact, there’s a certain streamlined charm about decorating a smaller space. Your task of ensuring that everything matches, that all the furniture and holiday decorations pair well with the stock features of the place, is easier to pull off. Starting with our collection of solid wood furniture and then choosing smart accompaniments and flairs to accentuate, you can make even the most modest apartment into a holiday dream home.

Nothing makes a small space pop quite like the presence of wood furniture, which can turn an otherwise “small” apartment into a “cozy”, wintry apartment, all while lending grace and panache to the space. And you can utilize solid wood furniture to maximize the efficiency of your space, by choosing something that’s not only bold and stylish, but functional as well. If you have an apartment where the kitchen area and dining area are adjoined or belong to a single room, you need some kind of accessory piece of furniture to hold all the holiday knick-knacks, like festive place mats, candles and even indoor string lights. Check out our selection of sideboards and buffets, like our Downtown Two Door Buffet & Hutch, whose regal elegance masks its functionality nicely – not only does it help de-clutter your dining room, but it also works as a standalone piece of furniture.

If there’s one piece of furniture that you want to look great in a small apartment, especially during the holidays, it’s the dining room table. Since apartment dining rooms are often small, the dining room table – which is always the focus of attention in a dining room – is doubly important. It’s where you and your friends will gather around for Christmas dinner, where you’ll do most of your indoor socializing, so you want it to be good quality. An interesting trend emerging lately is to have tables made from reclaimed wood in your dining room, as these tables often add a rustic, lived-in look that adds character to an apartment.

The other main apartment room that needs some careful though put into it is the bedroom, which – let’s face it – you’ll want to show off when you give holiday guests “the tour”. Again, because of the small space, having economical, superior quality, matching pieces is important, which is why if you’re looking for a new bedroom set for your apartment, look for one that’s lovingly made, with solid wood. Our Kingston Bedroom Collection, for example, consists of a queen bed, nightstand, highboy, dresser and mirror, all expertly crafted from the Canadian solid wood of your choosing. You also have your choice of colours, ranging from a white stain to an ebony black stain, and many hues in between, so you can be certain that your bedroom set will match the stock features of the bedroom, like the wall paint, flooring or drapes.

Aside from solid wood furniture, accentuate your apartment’s natural beauty with holiday-inspired decorations, and make use of the wall space with racks and hooks. For the kitchen, try adding some rustic flair by mounting a magnetic knife rack on the wall, or hanging some copper pots by the stove. Hang hearty plants, like conifer branches, around the bedroom to remind you of winter. Making a modest apartment into a dream home is all about using space effectively, and not sacrificing on style and beauty. Happy holidays from everyone here at Woodcraft!

Colour Matching Different Stains And Solid Woods

A question we get here at Woodcraft from time to time is how to match the colours in your home against different types of wood and different types of stain. All different woods are unique – their grain patterns and hues give them a distinct look – meaning that they’re bound to accent certain colours more than others. While there are plenty of competing opinions on the matter of what colours to pair with solid wood, we’ve noticed certain patterns, certain wood and colour combos that go particularly well together. And while we at Woodcraft are of the mind that any colour goes well with solid wood, we thought we’d take this article to spotlight a few combos that work particularly well together.

Reclaimed Wood and Beige

There’s a really big trend we’ve noticed towards old-fashioned things. You can see this in the proliferation of old-timey barbershops in the GTA, or the resurgence of plaid and beards as a fashion style. People crave the genuine article, so it’s no surprise that we’ve a lot of people to ask us about reclaimed wood, which is wood that’s been repurposed from another use (usually industrial, like a barrel or barn) and shaped and crafted into a piece of furniture.

It’s also no surprise that when pairing this unique style of wood, you want to go with other old-fashioned colours, like the beige of a burlap table runner. Reclaimed wood also pairs well with industrial style metals, like brass and polished steel. If you’re thinking about a new dining room table you should consider our Jackson Reclaimed Wood Dining Table, a truly unique piece of furniture that features a solid piece of reclaimed wood atop a metal base.

Cream Colours and Cherry Stain

This one is a natural fit. More amber colours tend to really go well with cream or off-white colours, creating a pleasing contrast. This is why you often see white drapes and tablecloths accompanying maple wood furniture. For an example of this, contact us to check out our Queens Table, which looks great in maple with a Red Cherry or San Miguel, and can be easily accentuated by cream coloured centrepieces.

Light Coloured Wood and Natural Greens

Decorating with houseplants has practically become an obsession with a lot of home décor commentators, especially succulents, like cacti and jade plants. These subtle, natural greens go great with a light coloured wood like pine. A simple piece of furniture like our Hastings Entertainment Unit, which borrows the curved edges and straight lines from Scandinavian design, would look exquisite adorned with a few carefully places succulent plants.

Dark Brown and Light Blue

Again, it’s the contrast here that makes such a striking impression, with the light blues really waking up the warmth in darker finishes like mahogany or gunstock. You can see this classic pairing in the traditional colours of Japan as well as in nature, when you look at, for example, a forest against the winter sky. It’s a very natural combination that combines warm and cold hues to create a dynamic creative expression.

If you want to start pairing solid wood with different colour combinations to add an extra element of depth to your home, you can start by contacting today to discuss the many combinations of wood type and stain we can apply to your favourite designs. Check out our dining room tables, cabinets, our selection of coffee tables and much, much more on our website to get some inspiration.

What we’ve listed here is just the tip of the iceberg! As mentioned, we at Woodcraft think that solid wood furniture has the potential to match with just about anything, and it’s only a matter of discovering your perfect colour combo. Maybe you like dark, almost black furniture with a pop of colour like turquoise, or maybe you like to keep everything mellow, choosing yellows and soft oranges to accentuate your wood furniture – you’re the boss!

3 Trendy Ideas To Help Modernize Your Dining Room This Christmas

Dining rooms have changed a fair bit over the years – nowadays, they’re a far cry from the linoleum-floored kitchens of yore, with their olive green brocade drapes and upholstered metal chairs. But then, the 70s was a different time, right? One thing that hasn’t changed all that much is the table at the centre of the dining room; pretty much throughout history, the mark of a aesthetically pleasing dining room has been a solid wood table, especially during the Christmas holidays. With mid-century modernism swinging back into vogue, what’s old has now become new, and we at Woodcraft couldn’t be more thrilled that time and again, people are choosing to deck their holiday dining rooms out with hand crafted Canadian wood furniture, and give our pieces away as gifts.

With the Christmas season in swing, now’s the right time to start looking at various ways to modernize your dining room – not overhaul it completely, but give it a bit of an update in time for holiday entertaining. At Woodcraft, we keep our ear to the ground (and, yes, we’re not ashamed to say we even look at a fair amount of Pinterest boards), so we figure we have a good handle on current trends, and our uniquely designed solid wood furniture certainly reflects that. To that end, let’s take a look at some of the current trends for dining room furniture, and give a few examples of how to pull them off.

Minimalist Designs

Simple lines: in a nutshell, that’s how minimalism pertains to furniture. While some people still opt for ornately designed buffet hutches and sideboards (which definitely have their charm, especially when you’re carving a big turkey!), many people have started gravitating towards simpler, sleeker and sparser designs, making use of open space in their dining room. For an elegant example of minimalism in furniture, check out our Boulevard Table, a geometrically straightforward design accented subtly by a bevelled edge on the tabletop – it makes a great holiday gift for that trendsetter in your life. Or check out the Queen West Dining Table, whose clean line and industrial-inspired design really pop in an open space.

Reclaimed Wood

This trend is on fire right now (not literally, of course), and it’s easy to see why: furniture pieces, like our reclaimed wood dining tables or coffee tables, take a piece of wood with history and character and create a wholly unique statement. That lived-in, time-sculpted look matches perfectly with a natural colour palette and antique accompaniments. Plus, it’s cool to wonder what the wood was used for in its past life! If you want to introduce some reclaimed wood character into your dining room for holiday entertaining, check out our Austin Reclaimed Wood Dining Table, which features an epoxy-finished slab of reclaimed wood atop a polished steel base.

Live Edges

Similar in its charm to reclaimed wood, another trend right now is having wood furniture with a “live edge”. But whereas reclaimed wood gets its character from the fact that it was previously used, usually industrially, live edge furniture gets its character from quite the opposite: the fact that you can still see nature’s mark on the wood. See, what live edge means is that the edges of the wood are left untreated, in all their knotty, knobbly glory, as a reminder of nature. This really works well if you’re cultivating a natural, unfussy vibe in your dining room, or you’re looking for a gift for that naturalist in your life. Paired with an earthy centrepiece like a pine branch or pine cone, maybe some balsam fir incense, this table will absolutely get questions from your Christmas dinner guests.

If you’re looking to modernize your dining room, or give the gift of solid wood furniture this Christmas, give us a call and ask about our delivery service and our deals on solid wood furniture going on right now. The holiday season is the perfect time to start reevaluating the design in certain rooms of your house, and you may as well start where everyone gathers together.

Veneer Vs. Solid Wood Furniture — The Choice Is Clear!

Just off the top, it’s pretty clear where we at Woodcraft stand on the issue of veneer vs. solid wood; after all, we’ve been in the business of handcrafting solid wood furniture for over 40 years. It’s helpful, all the same, to compare veneer to solid wood, looking at its attributes, the reasons for its popularity and, ultimately, the ways in which it makes an inferior piece of furniture. We’ll also take a quick look at laminate and reclaimed wood, two of the other popular choices for furniture these days (spoiler: we’re fans of the latter, not so much the former!)

First off, it would be helpful to define the two terms, “veneer” and “solid wood”. Veneering is when you apply a very thin panel of wood – about 5mm thick usually – on top of another type of wood with adhesive. The wood underneath is an inferior quality of wood, usually either particleboard, medium density fibreboard, or a low quality solid wood. This is done to cut costs usually, and the process of veneering has been around for a surprisingly long time, with evidence of its use dating all the way back to ancient Egypt. It was used on the pharaohs’ sarcophagi, which is actually pretty cool, so veneer does have that going for it!

Solid wood, on the other hand, is a lot easier to define: it’s solid wood. To elaborate a little bit, unlike veneer, the solid wood furniture from Woodcraft is the same wood all the way through, so if you’re getting a live edge coffee table or solid wood bedroom sets made from oak, for example, you know that it’s just oak. Furthermore, at Woodcraft, we pride ourselves on using top quality Canadian wood for our furniture, giving it that extra special something.

As for the other two: laminate is basically just plastic that’s painted to look like wood, and is more common in floor than it is in furniture (though if you do come across a piece of laminate furniture, don’t buy it unless you’re really going for that kitsch factor). And reclaimed wood, like the kind we use for our reclaimed wood dining table and coffee tables, is good quality wood that’s been taken from its original application (like say, a barn or a barrel) and made into something more modern. It’s a very chic and fun way to give your home a little rustic accent.

The main problem with veneer furniture, seeing as it’s made with only a thin layer of quality wood, is that it is liable to peel and blister. Once your veneer furniture peels or blisters, which it will do if exposed to too many temperature changes, it essentially becomes worthless, as it has lost the only valuable part of it. Veneer can also chip easily, and if it’s dented there can be no buffing it out.

With solid wood on the other hand, if you get a dent or chip, you can simply repair it, since it’s all the same wood all the way down. The same goes with water stains: if you need to sand it down, that’s no problem. Some proponents of veneer will tell you that solid wood can split, therefore rendering it useless, whereas veneer can handle dry and moist environments. It’s true that it’s hard to use a solid wood piece of furniture if it’s split, but in order to split solid wood you’d need to really put it through some tough weather; and there aren’t many solid wood bookcases kept in the backyard!

When it’s used in common speech, veneer means “a cover or disguise masking something undesirable”, which about sums it up. When you invest in furniture, you want to invest in the genuine article, which is why you should always stick with solid wood furniture.

How To Care For Your Solid Wood Furniture This Winter

Apparently, the winter here in Ontario is supposed to be pretty bleak this year, if the Farmer’s Almanac is anything to go by. It’s a bit of a let-down, given last years fairly mild winter, but we’ll press on as normal, bundling up in our big coats, scarves, toques and gloves. What we can’t dress up for winter, however, is our furniture (though how cool would a buffet hutch look in a big down jacket and hat!). Solid wood furniture, as the name suggests, is pretty solid stuff – it’s durable and long lasting, but it does like a little TLC every now and then.

A lot of these care tips can absolutely be followed year-round, but a couple are specific to winter, as its temperature changes can be bad for furniture if left unchecked. Your solid wood furniture from Woodcraft is an investment that will last you a lifetime, but it helps to protect that investment from time to time by showing it some love, and it’s with that in mind that we run down a few of the ways you can ensure your furniture makes it through the winter as new and beautiful as the day you bought it.

A big thing during the winter is, ironically, heat – we have our radiators blasting, our heating vents and fireplaces and ovens, all giving off a very direct heat. Try, if you can, to position your solid wood furniture away from these heat sources, Wood contains some moisture in it, and preserving that level of moisture is key to keeping it looking new. At the same time, avoid placing hot object on your furniture as well; in other words, when you buy wood coffee tables for your home it’s also wise to invest in some coasters! And when you’re sitting down to a holiday meal, and you want to put that roasting pan right on the oak dining table you bought, make sure there’s ample padding underneath (could even be a folded cloth or a wood cutting board) for the heat to diffuse.

Winter is also a particularly bright time of year, and the sun’s rays, if not all that hot, are quite strong. For that reason, try and avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight. If you happen to like your solid wood furniture in a place that’s near a window, that’s fine, just make sure that during the day the blinds are closed, so as to limit the wood’s exposure to the sun.

And another thing in the winter is humidity, or the lack thereof. The winter dryness is probably something you most commonly associate with your skin, but it can be bothersome for furniture as well. At Woodcraft, we recommend you use a humidifier and control the humidity to around 40-45%, which will defend your furniture against the possibility of cracks or joint splits. For this same reason, it’s not advisable to store your solid wood furniture in the basement or attic, because the humidity can fluctuate quite a bit over the course of a year.

When you go to clean your new piece of furniture (which by the way, you can get at a great price if you check out our current promotions on our website!) we advise you use a soft cloth and follow the wood’s natural grain; and if you’re looking to pick up for than dust, use a damp cloth, but then dry it immediately. Wood furniture is a great investment, and it really isn’t all that finicky. Just like a plant, it thrives when you pay it a little bit of attention. Unlike a plant, it will be in your family for decades to come!

A Guide To Wood: The Best Types For Hand Made Furniture

Pretty much universally, people love the look of solid wood furniture, with its sturdy, striking, eye-catching qualities that remind us of nature and of the value of craftsmanship. But “wood” is not a catch-all material, and in fact the type of wood chosen for a particular piece of furniture will have a great impact on the way it looks, feels and ages. A wood can either be hardwood (meaning that they come from deciduous, angiosperm trees), or softwood (meaning they come from coniferous, cone bearing trees), and within those two categories exist even more variation.

In this post, we’ll look at we think are some of the best types of wood for hand made wood furniture and give you a rundown of some of their individual quirks and characteristics.  To say that there’s a hierarchy of woods – that some are just all around better than others – is a misleading way of thinking about wood as a material. Different types of wood certainly have different qualities, but someone might prefer the look of, say, pine, rather than oak; while another person might value oak for its solidness over pine. There are a lot of different ways of looking at wood, and it all boils down to what you want, the person who will be enjoying this piece of furniture for a lifetime.

Oak

Oak is a hardwood in the truest sense of the term: prized for its strength and hardness, this awesome wood has a long history of use in barrels, to keep precious whiskey and wine from pouring out while imparting a unique taste to the libation. But we’re not here to talk about whiskey and wine – oak is also a terrific and traditional choice for making furniture, dating back to the Vikings (and if it was good enough for Vikings, it’s good enough for us!). It often has a pleasing, wavy grain, and is very durable, able to withstand warping over time.

Pine

Pine is lovely and light, with distinctive, rustic knots and a sharp, light colour. Generally less expensive than oak, pine is nevertheless a great option for solid wood furniture, especially if your house is humid or you plan on exposing the furniture to the elements a bit. Because it’s a softwood, its closed cell structure makes it better at resisting water, which is one of the most common ways a piece of wood deteriorates. If you want to take a look at some stunning pine furniture, like our deluxe bookcase, you can visit our Mississauga location or whichever location is closest and ask one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members for an example.

Maple

The most Canadian of all the woods, eh? Maple, a heavy-duty hardwood with a light, creamy colour that takes well to stains, is surprisingly affordable given its supreme durability and good looks. At Woodcraft, we also use Wormy Maple, which is a type of maple that has been artfully, naturally affected by Ambrosia beetles, nature’s artisans; this unique wood features cool streaks and great structural integrity.

Those are just a few woods to choose from, but of course there’s also reclaimed wood furniture as well as numerous other types of solid wood. At Woodcraft, we’re all about delivering what the customer wants, which means we offer a great range of materials and stains for you to customize your dream furniture. In the end, not all solid woods are the same, but one thing does remain the same: we put the same passion and integrity into every single piece of wood we come across to create a piece of furniture both modern and timeless.