The Difference Between Oak and Pine Furniture

January 25th, 2012

Oak and Pine are often used to make furniture.

Pine tends to be a soft wood but is fairly hard wearing and is much lighter in weight than pine is. Pine grows at a faster rate than Oak which is why it is cheaper. Pine is available in its natural white-wood but can also be waxed or stained in a variety of colours.

Oak tends to take longer to grow and the tree needs more tending to which is why it is more expensive than Pine. Oak is usually stained to enhance the natural grain in it and been a hardwood it is stronger and will last many years if  looked after properly.

Getting the most out of Pine Furniture

May 9th, 2011

A wardrobe, chest of drawers or a bed will always look timeless and suit any home’s design and style. However, less apparent are the inherent pitfalls when purchasing pine furniture. For example, although the pine may be stained, creating many different shades and colours, the quality of the wood should still be plainly visible in the grain.

This is a unique and important feature, as each piece of pine is completely different to every other piece. In short, pine grain is like a human finger-print.

Another thing to consider before even purchasing the pine is whether the wood has been properly preserved (even if untreated). If you purchase pine furniture which has not been well preserved, it will have a much shorter life span as well as being more susceptible to distorting or even breaking.

The craftsmanship of the furniture comes second to preservation. The difference between a bad piece of pine furniture and a well-preserved, correctly crafted piece of pine furniture is considerable. A piece which is hand-crafted may be slightly more expensive, but they will have longevity and character that machine-made pieces lack.

Although it is good to examine the furniture yourself, to make sure the pine has been looked after, many people pay over the odds for pine furniture in stores and warehouses. Some of the best deals for pine furniture are found online, and prices are often cheaper and more competitive.

Once you have selected a piece you like, you may want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. It is always good to treat the furniture (if untreated) to avoid contortions which can arise from changes in temperature and moisture levels. A stylistic benefit of treating your furniture is the colours which can be achieved. Either a light coat, to create a crisp contemporary style, or a heavier coating, making for a dark, antique-looking piece.

Interior design in Pine

May 9th, 2011

Whether revamping an old chest of drawers, or hunting for your perfect wardrobe, we all pay heed to good quality wooden furniture, and normally its looks will be relative to its quality. However, it is possible to create a worn effect on brand new furniture which still has plenty of years left.

Pine furniture is an excellent addition to any home, its weight and growth-rate make it both easy to move and cheaper than other wood, such as oak (used primarily as support fittings, due to its strength). Pine is extremely versatile, the summer wood differs greatly from the spring wood, allowing you to create a much more personalised piece of furniture, depending on your tastes.

For those of you with old pine furniture, there are countless ways it can be reinvented into something completely new. For example, fans of the ‘distressed look, may want to try painting a wardrobe white and sanding down the edges, resulting in an instant antique.

Similarly, outdated wooden panelling can be painted over, rather than removed. Try using light blues and greens to create a beach-house feel.

Aesthetics aside, pine furniture boasts environmental benefits too. Being a renewable resource helps, not to mention cutting out the use of oil (necessary to manufacture plastic) in its production.

Wooden features have always been part of our homes. With pine, you are able to create a traditional, elegant feel, while retaining some contemporary themes, due to the wood’s natural light colouring, which fits in with any colour-scheme.