There are a thousand and one reasons why wood furniture is your best choice, not only in the 21st century but beyond. When it comes to protecting the environment, wood is good because it is an excellent green and eco-friendly solution for a healthier environment and the home. Wood is the most sustainable furniture material for your furniture needs. That’s one reason we are so excited about solid wood furniture. So, let’s break it down and examine why you should choose solid wood furniture for your furniture needs.
Today, the entrepreneurial mentality is unknowingly and or purposely battered the environment we live in. The most environment-friendly furniture is a furniture that is kept out from a landfill. Have a thought about your grandparents’ solid wood furniture that has been passed down from a few generations before. Owning less in general, particularly solid wood furniture, you’re purposely cutting back on your contribution to waste. Try purchasing less and investing a little more into solid wood furniture that will save you and the environment in the future.
2. Wood Leads to Zero Waste-
Solid wood furniture is so good from a sustainability standpoint, because of some technology advancements in wood furniture processing in the last few decades. In processing, by-products in every stage of production can now be repurposed and reused. Upon harvesting, and we mean selective cutting, a fraction of it is processed into lumber and some of it is made into other wood products, and still more is recovered for energy production. So, everything had its own course, none of it goes to waste.
3. Wood is Climate Friendly-
Compared to fossil fuel, coal and other energy fuels, burning of wood creates clean energy and have no residual waste. By using solid wood furniture, you are preventing greenhouse effect and climate change because even when the trees are turned to wood products, wood continues to store carbon. But it is not the end of the story. Re-using wood for energy is a great way to replace dirty, carbon-emitting, and non-renewable, energy sources like fossil fuels.
4. Wood Is Renewable-
If you do not know already, wood and wood products are the most environmentally friendly raw materials available. Wood is renewable! Astonishingly, trees are the only building materials made from the environment surrounding it, meaning rain, sun, and carbon from the air. In fact, it is infinitely renewable and replenishable. Trees grow and replenish itself every year and selective harvesting or cutting of it is great for forest health. In fact, in the US alone, the rate of reforestation outstrips harvesting. In 1990-205 Europe, it regrew forests the size of Greece.
5. Wood is Hard-wearing and Lasts A Lifetime-
Wood is extremely resilient and requires little maintenance and the strongest building material on the planet. Comparing it to furniture made of engineered wood, solid wood can have multiple lifetimes through refinishing.
6. Recycling and Recycled Wood Material-
Recycling wood materials needs far less processing and much fewer resources than what’s needed for using new materials. Furthermore, purchasing wood furniture produced from recycled materials helps support the market for recycled materials. Solid wood furniture can also be re-processed and re-purposed, hence will keep them out of the landfill.
Do we need to cut down trees? This often the question of why a lot of people shy away from the idea of cutting down trees. Uncontrolled clear-cutting destroyed invaluable old-growth forests around the world. It destroyed virgin rainforests, exterminated habitat, and ecosystems, and increases species extinction. But that started to change in the early ’90s, thanks to incessant lobbying concern citizens, environmental groups, and consuming market demanding better logging practices. Now, strict and rigorous third-party certification standards, like FSC C-O-C, ensured the environmental pedigree of wood products. Moreover, options to clear-cutting arose, selective cutting or harvesting is an example.
Solid wood furniture has been here since time immemorial. It endured so much changes and challenges since it came to be. But even with such predicaments it is still the furniture that we cherish down to many generations. Even with today's influx of seasonal furniture that is flooding the market such as wrought iron/metal, plastics and glass, solid wood furniture refuses to die. It even retains its preferences in wooden furniture segment of the consuming markets.
But what it is about this furniture that almost all age level of both sexes who precisely understood the beauty of furniture preferred furniture made of solid wood? It is precisely because of the unique, natural beauty of this type of furniture that is unprecedented in all of its product styles and designs. Furniture made of solid wood or any wood furniture for that matter can be made, styled and designed to fit any modern contemporary, traditional, classic and transitional home designs. Meaning this kind of furniture can be easily designed and made from all kinds of species of hardwoods or softwoods. Most notable hardwoods are mahogany which is widely use due to its availability and cost competitiveness compared to say walnut, maple, cherry and oak. Softwoods are less expensive and can be easily crafted. All furniture made of solid wood can be crafted with accompanying carved designs which by the way all solid wood furniture, hardwoods or softwoods were known to.
As you may have noticed also, solid wood furniture is slowly making a statement that these furniture are not only made for indoor use. It is now becoming more visible in outdoor setting because of its designed adaptability and flexibility unlike all other synthetic materials base furniture where you have to make specific styling and designing according to the setting style of the place where you plan to put your furniture. Whereas, solid wood furniture needs little styling and coordinating pieces because most solid wood furniture are stand-alone furniture, aside from the mix and match pieces of wood furniture trends of today.
Now you can simply choose a dining table which can be paired with chairs of different styles, colors and designs. Now you can see modern homes with a worn-out, log style chair and a desk in a corner as accent piece, a wood entertainment center surrounded with modern contemporary styled sofas, chairs and occasional tables or a complete set of real wood bedroom furniture. To summarize it all, you have now more options compared to furniture made of seasonal synthetic materials. Besides these furniture made of synthetic materials may not be the trend anymore in 3-5 years in contrast to solid wood furniture which can be handed down as heirloom pieces for generations to come.
Furthermore, this kind of furniture provides soothing and warm atmosphere in your home that cannot be copied and/or even repeated by any other furniture made of seasonal materials. Seasonal materials may come and go, but this kind/type of furniture will stay forever due to its durability, less maintenance cost, flexibility, versatility and ambiance that it may create to a room. As solid wood furniture aged overtime, it became more valuable. The more wear and tear it acquired through constant use, the more it relishes its beauty.
Lastly, solid wood furniture can be recycled, reused, reworked, re-finished/re-colored and redesigned to suit anybody's taste but the indelible mark of its history will stay forever. That's why solid wood furniture is the furniture of the royal families.
One important aspect of home remodeling ideas is ‘QUALITY’. This attribute is strengthened further when a survey conducted by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), categorized quality as one of the most important attributes that many home buyers focused on when house hunting. While any home improvement ideas will bring enjoyment and happiness, not all of it add as much home equity as one might expect.
However, getting started where will always pose a problem. Here, we list down five best remodeling ideas to get you started with, and for all intent, we are starting from the top down for obvious reasons, meaning from the roof down to the ground.
1. Roofing Ideas –
Gauging rainfall from indoors is not cool. Considering it is what is between you and the elements, getting a new roof should be the top priority. Costs $7,000 - $8,000. But not too sure if a new roof is needed? Look for signs such as gritty bits from the asphalt shingles raining down during a downspout, sunrays penetrating through your attic, missing, curling or moss-covered shingles, and noticing stains on ceiling and walls.
2. Hardwood Flooring Ideas –
Re-finishing is a no-brainer. Hardwood floors are a timeless classic and neither will you regret adding new hardwood floors if you have none. Besides hardwood, flooring will make you feel at home with nature especially if you can find reclaimed or recycled wood full of historic significance. Costs: $3000 - $5,500.
3. Wall lining and insulation –
Home insulation is often out of mind, for the sole reason that it is installed out of sight until you notice that your energy bill is skyrocketing or it is too darn cold indoors. Costs: $2,000 - $3,000 excluding savings on cooling and heating costs.
4. Deck or Patio –
Are you dreaming of a deck or a patio to complement your lawn or garden? After giving your lawn or garden a much-needed refurbishment, you need a place to view your creation. Cost: $6,500 - $9,500. Certain factors will help in determining whether a deck is more appropriate than a patio but for a majority of homeowners, it always comes down deciding between a deck and a patio. Decks will always be less expensive even if you choose high-end materials and the labor required in installing a deck is less, helping in reducing the overall cost. On the other hand, patios reign supreme when it comes to home ROI (Return-On-Investment). Moreover, with a perceived increased value of up to 12% according to the Gallop Organization, having a large and gorgeous patio in the courtyard is an excellent way to make the most out of your outdoor opportunities.
5. Landscaping -
Why chose landscaping and not a kitchen renovation? If your lawn or yard is your home’s imperfect complements, then a little color and a dash of hardscaping could create an enormous difference to a yard. Your home may be your castle, but rather than encircle it with a moat, why not add warmth, color, and texture to the very place you love to live. Some of the best landscaping ideas include adding up height with planters and baskets and fashioning spaces where outdoor party guests can enjoy, sit, and relax. Basic landscaping upgrade includes tall deciduous trees, planters, flagstone walkways, or French mulch. Costs: $4,500 - $5,000.
So, folks here are my 5+ Best Home Remodeling Ideas, but if you want to know more about Kitchen renovation, you may also visit Designs and Affordability in a Kitchen Makeover on a Budget.
Memory foam mattress was first developed in the 1970's for NASA, but it was not until the early 1990's that it hit the market, first as a mattress topper pads, and later on as foam mattresses solely for used in medical settings.
In the early stages of its development, it has seen tremendous potential for alleviating pressure points on patients precisely due mainly to its unique ability to spread pressure over a wide surface area and its unique ability to respond temperature changes. But like every product in its infancy, this type of foam mattress also encountered initial setback with wear and tear over time because of questionable durability of the first generation material it used that would often compress and break over time.
However, that initial setback did not deter Tempur - Pedic, the very first company to appreciate the great potential of this product innovation that they developed their own version called Tempur foam, primarily intended for the medical industry. This new product innovation was more durable with still the same features of pressure reducing benefits of memory foam mattress. Thereafter, they began hearing encouraging feedback from patients who used the memory foam did have slept better, have significantly reduced back pain, and have the refresh feeling every morning.
Upon knowing the positive results and the consumer markets becoming more aware of the benefits of the memory foam mattress as reported from the medical institutions, more and more foam manufacturers are becoming interested in developing and producing their own versions. This time they are producing it for the bedroom furnishing industry. This strategy results to a more competitive cost structures with prices much less than that of the Tempur - Pedic brand foam. The reason for this is because these manufacturers came from the foam industry and not from the medical industry. But, whatever this product may bring, the consuming public must remember that due to its inherent unique characteristics, it has also corresponding unique benefits. They may be similarly created but absolutely they are not equals. It may have different range of foam density in its composition, had different degree in hardness or softness to the touch, have varying responses to temperature and they may have varying degree of wear and tear capacities. But, due to the fact that it is originally intended for the medical industry, it became very expensive until to this day.
But even though of the reported high market price, it still one of the fastest growing segment in the bedroom furnishings or more precisely in the foam mattress industry, that it is now becoming very hard to keep pace with all the new memory foam mattress products introduced every year from so many manufacturers.
Also, every consumer should take into account that these are not commodities. While at present, many manufacturers have diversify its usual foam line productions to memory foam productions significantly resulting to price drop, product availability and affordability, which is good to the memory foam mattress industry, it is also certain to mean that a great number of poor quality and cut-rate foams will also appear. As a general rule, you should avoid purchasing conspicuously low-cost memory foam mattresses you would found in the market for it's often made of low density foams or even layered with other cheap foam products.
Let’s Go Green, will you? Let’s talk about reclaimed/recycled wood furniture for a change.
For all you know, reclaimed and recycled wood furniture will stay in this world forever whether it is in the home or in the office and the best furniture are furniture made of wood. Nothing beats wood furniture, ever! And for me, as a furniture manufacturer, nothing can replace a wood dining table set that sits proudly in the center of your dining room or that study table at the corner of your study room made of reclaimed/recycled wood! Believe me!
The beauty of wood furniture can’t only be found from all those trees standing in the forest in front of you, but it is right there all around you. That’s right! That’s old wood reclaimed from sidings and timbers from old building and warehouses! That’s old wood recycled from old ships and old bridges! Sounds crazy? Definitely not! You’re saving the earth and at the same time you will have furniture that will lasts a lifetime!
Old reclaimed and recycled wood furniture has inherent and unique beauty that you will only found in reclaimed and recycled wood. The unique characteristics of these woods are imbedded unintentionally by constant used, wear and tear, and weather changes. If these characteristics are left in its natural and weathered state, an unmatched beauty will be preserved making your furniture inherit the history from where it is used to be before it was to become the valued piece of furniture in your home. The beauty of the weathered wood furniture will give your home a unique appearance that can’t be duplicated or replicated in mass producing furniture process. It only needs slight sanding wood staining and color finishing. Any experienced craftsmen would examine the reclaimed and recycled wood meticulously to look for any imperfections such as cuts and nuts of the wood and position it perfectly in places where it is suitable, in such a way that it should not compromise the designs and style thus, preserving the natural and weathered beauty of the wood of which by itself is already a designed. It is customized for you!
The reclaimed and recycled wood furniture would easily fit and matched any home interior designs in contrast to other furniture where you have to consider the over-all or the general architectural theme of your homes, offices or apartments. Moreover, in all cases, you will also have to look into other furniture style in other room’s furniture unlike reclaimed/recycled wood furniture where it can stand alone! It carries with it the feeling of rich history and top notch craftsmanship.
Any reclaimed/recycled wood furniture would surely become the major attention-getter in your home in whatever room you intend a particular furniture design would be. This type of wood furniture will in all probability will last for generations, its unique history will forever be un-visibly etched in it.
Reclaimed and recycled wood furniture might be a little expensive compared to ordinary regular wood products, but with all its history behind in it, the craftsmanship’s able hands in making it, is more than enough to compensate its value. Besides, this kind of reclaimed and recycled wood furniture is not seasonal, wherein you have to change furniture as time goes by, this type of furniture is built for generations.