How to find the value of handcrafted hardwood furniture in an on-demand cultureby Country View Woodworking Ltd on 2018-10-17 15:17:15
Most of us have purchased mass-produced furniture at some point in our lives. The kind that comes in a box, takes hours to assemble, and has a strange chemical smell for the first few months it's in your home. This type of furniture definitely serves it's purpose. It's generally pretty affordable, it's quick, and it can meet your furniture needs almost instantly (once you figure out how to get it assembled, that is).
When you have other financial priorities to tend to, from a budgeting perspective sometimes purchasing mass-produced furniture is the only viable option at the time. Maybe you're just starting out and need a dining set, so you head to your local discount store to see what you can find that will meet your immediate needs and your budget. Or your family of three is about to become a family of four, and as you plan to hand your older child's furniture down to the baby, you suddenly realize you're in need of a new bedroom collection for your older child. With a baby on the way, your budget is limited, so you find an affordable bedroom collection at an online retailer, get free shipping, and voila!...in a matter of days, you've got an instant bedroom collection for your older child.
In today's on-demand market, it has become increasingly easy to purchase furniture online and either pick it up at your nearest store or have it conveniently delivered. So many retailers market this furniture as high quality—often even “hardwood”—and sometimes it looks and feels close enough to the real thing that you can convince yourself it is.
So why—when there are so many attractive furniture options to choose from online or in discount stores—should you choose to invest in handcrafted hardwood furniture?
Unmatched quality. For starters, there's just no comparison when it comes to quality. Genuine hardwood furniture is heirloom quality and will last for decades. You'll be able to pass it along to future generations if you choose to do so. If you decide to sell it, it will still hold much of its value. Hardwood furniture can withstand years of wear and tear while remaining strong and beautiful, but if you ever do want to change the look of it or make it appear like brand new again, it can be refinished, whereas other materials cannot.
Pure aesthetics. The beauty you'll find in real wood that's been hand-finished is like nothing else on the market. The natural, intricate grain and unique patterns of the wood make each piece unique. Just the feel of it alone is far superior to that of furniture that's made of non-wood materials such as particleboard or MDF (medium-density fiberboard).
Customization. You get to help create the perfect pieces for your home. Having furniture that's the right size, color, and style is well worth the wait that it takes to customize it. Want a unique characteristic such as distressing or a two-toned finish? No problem. Need a table that's a little longer than the standard size? Done. Want to be able to choose which wood species you'd like for your new bedroom collection? You'll have options to choose from, and so many stains and finishes to further personalize it.
Already assembled. For those of you who have experienced what a struggle it can be to put together mass-produced furniture—or to make sense of the instructions that come with it—here's a value-added bonus: handcrafted hardwood furniture is already solidly assembled, and gets delivered to your home in one piece (or multiple pieces, if you ordered more than one piece). It doesn't get much easier than that!
Breathe easy. Choosing handcrafted hardwood furniture means you can breathe easy knowing your family won't be inhaling hazardous chemicals. Unlike manufactured wood products that contain fillers and preservatives such as formaldehyde to bind them together, hardwood furniture is made from real wood. The stains and varnishes used on Country View Woodworking’s furniture contain low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and are free of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).
Renewable resource.It may seem logical to think that by buying hardwood furniture, you're contributing to the depletion of forests and natural resources. In reality, that couldn't be further from the truth. Hardwood trees are renewable resources that contribute to the health of the environment while they are growing. When trees are harvested, seedlings are planted to replace them. Country View Woodworking selects the finest North American hardwoods from suppliers known for responsible forestry practices.
Supporting our economy. When you choose to purchase hardwood furniture handcrafted by American small businesses, you're supporting our economy. These businesses provide jobs for skilled craftsmen right here in our own communities. Those craftsman take great pride in their work, and it shines through as they treat each piece as if it were their own family's furniture—creating truly exceptional hardwood furniture products.
When it comes time to make your next furniture purchase, consider the benefits and value of handcrafted hardwood furniture over the on-demand, mass-produced items that are so prevalent in today's marketplace.