Why I prefer solid wood furniture

I realized that there is a lack of good furniture and cabinets today. There are many factory produced low quality furniture which may appear cheap and affordable. Many of them are constructed from compressed wood chips which self destruct when they come in contact with moisture. They are also generally not durable. Ultimately, it would be more value for money to buy quality furniture that last, than to be constantly changing furniture. Many would argue that you’ll constantly have new furniture at home, but why buy furniture with the intent of throwing it away?

Cabinets and furniture today are covered by a paper or foil laminate giving the place an artificial plastic feel. The use of laminate enables the designer to set a style by using colours to make the room brighter or give it a slick sophisticated modern look. But these lack the warmth that is much needed to turn a house into a home. Solid wood furniture brings with it a natural warmth that makes the room cosy, relaxing and inviting. No spa resort would use plastic chairs, why would I do so in my home?

Furniture made of solid wood will last a long time. Well constructed solid wood furniture can be expected to last more than a hundred years. It may be a bookcase I give to my children at a significant milestone of their lives, such as entering university, and they’ll use it, show it and talk about it to their children and grandchildren. These may also be antiques in future.


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