Buying New Furniture, furniture material

What is the best wood for my furniture?

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One of the questions you need to answer when getting a new piece of furniture is: What type of wood I want it to be? The answer depends on your budget and the expected usage of the piece. In this article, I will describe the characteristics of the different types of wood used to build furniture.

But first, you need to know that there are two types of woods: Hardwood and softwood. The first one comes from Angiosperms such as maple, oak, and walnut. Since they grow slowly, this type of wood has denser fibers. As hardwood is rare, it is relatively expensive compared to softwood. Softwood comes from gymnosperms, which are evergreen trees. This type includes trees such as pine, spruce, fir, cedar, juniper, redwood, and yew.


One of the more traditional woods in furniture making. It is lighter in weight than some of the other wood types here but has the strength of oak. We think of mahogany as reddish-brown; however, there are brighter colors of the wood. Genuine mahogany is sourced from Latin America and is becoming harder to find so It can be expensive.


Oak is a durable wood that is typically used for flooring and kitchen furniture. It is beautiful but can yellow over time. By contrast, red oak is slightly darker and porous. It also looks gorgeous and is relatively inexpensive.


Maple may be the ideal furniture wood. While there are many different types of maple, almost all are durable and make for great furniture. It wears extremely well. Maple is naturally non-toxic, so it is often used to make kitchen cutting boards.


Cherry darkens with time, giving it a vibrant look as it continues to darken. Cherry is relatively hard, and it can be resistant to scratches and dents. It has a smooth grain and is non-toxic.


Pine is a softwood and tends to be inexpensive. It’s prone to damage which makes it not the best wood for furniture.


Cedar is a relatively soft wood, so it’s not ideal for indoor furniture. However, for outdoor furniture, it’s quite good. Cedar is naturally weather resistant.

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Buying New Furniture

Should I change my mattress?

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Sleeping is essential for our bodies. Not only to avoid being grumpy all day, but it can help us with our overall health. According to the Sleep Foundation, your mattress plays a crucial role for a good night’s sleep. The problem is that most people think that this piece of furniture is designed to last forever. In this article, I will give you a few reasons why you might consider replacing your 10+ years old mattress 

It is old

If your mattress has more than 10 years, then you should throw it right away. According to recent research, mattresses have a life span of about eight years, and this varies by manufacturer, mattress type, whether you sleep alone or with a partner, and how you sleep. Keep in mind that everything has an end, even your mattress.

You don’t like it

Common sense, right? Not really. Some people stick to their mattress even when it has got uncomfortable. If you sleep better at a hotel or a friend’s house, then its time to throw away your mattress.

You wake up with back pain

According to sleep help, If you wake up stiff and sore every day, your mattress could be part of the problem. If your back pain is worse when you wake but subsides when you stretch and move around, that’s a sign that the mattress is causing or contributing to your pain.

As I have exposed, changing your mattress might be a good idea. It might be a bit expensive at first but keep in mind that you expend about 1/3 of your life sleeping, so you better enjoy it!

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