4 Tips To Avoid the Most Common Damage To Wood Furniture

It doesn’t matter if your wood furniture is a priceless family heirloom or a brand spankin’ new set that was just delivered from the showroom, you’d still like these pieces last for decades to come. However, small scratches, minor dents, and harmless kicks all take their toll. Before you know it, your furniture may be heading for the rubbish bin. However, by following the tips below, you can prevent the major causes of damage to wood furniture.

Keep wood furniture pieces away from heat and the sun

Vents, radiators, stoves, and even the sun coming in through a window can generate more heat than you realize. After all, unlike your dining room chairs, you don’t spend 24 hours a day camped out next to these heat sources. So, take care that your wood furniture isn’t too close to hot items and that it is kept away from the sun’s harsh rays. Otherwise, the wood and the furniture’s finish can be permanently damaged.



Watch your home’s humidity level

Humidity is unfortunately your best friend and worst enemy when caring for wood furniture. If the humidity level is too high, your wooden chairs and tables can grow mould. If the humidity is too low, on the other hand, the wood may shrink and crack. It’s ideal to keep your home’s humidity between 40-45 percent year round. Achieving this level could require using a humidifier in the winter and a dehumidifier in the summer.


Use protective surfaces


While wood furniture is durable, it isn’t indestructible. For that reason, you should always use the appropriate protective surface. On a dining room table, this means using a tablecloth. In the living room, you should use coasters on your coffee table. On wood chairs, you should use seat covers. Remember, it’s easier to replace a chair pad than an entire chair.


Put felt pads on chairs

Your chairs made of wood go through quite a bit of use and abuse. Day in and day out, they carry heavy loads, are scooted across the floor repeatedly, and are probably used as a stepping stool on occasion. Placing felt pads on the bottom of their legs takes away most of the friction and stress your chairs go through, helping them last longer.

Remember, it doesn’t matter if your furniture cost an arm and a leg or if you picked it up for free, it can still last for a long time if you protect it and treat it properly. Others will be amazed at how great your wood pieces always look and you’ll be happy with how long they last. Find out more beautiful wood furniture designed by Ethnicraft Malaysia.