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.
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.