When you’re making (or buying) a furniture kit, there are quite some wood options. You can choose from cedar, oak, maple and elm. As you might have noticed, most of our furniture kits come in oak and cherry. Those two kinds of wood are generally always available, are affordable, and retain their quality over time. However, as you also may have seen, our cherry kits are slightly more expensive. In this blog post, we’ll show you what makes cherry wood unique, and what causes the price difference when it comes to our furniture kits.
Cherry wood is famous for its aging qualities. The wood slowly gets darker over the years and develops a deep opulent patina over years, to deliver a natural antique look. This is why many antique pieces are made of cherry wood (and why your cherry wood furniture kits have an excellent chance of being antique themselves one day). In the beginning, it looks like a light wood, but when exposed to light it will slowly change its color. Along with the aging of the cherry wood, it also keeps its durability. This uniqueness of the wood makes the pieces enhance the decor of your house for the coming years.
One of the notable advantages of using cherry wood furniture for your home is its durable and reliable reputation. Like oak, cherry wood is considered as a hardwood and thus is much harder than other solutions such as pine. The difference between oak wood and cherry wood isn’t that big, but cherry is a little harder wood than oak. The grooves in cherry wood are closer together than you’ll find in oak wood, which makes it just a little tougher. As a result, it’s also harder to handle (drilling and sawing oak wood is easier). In some styles, such as classical Victorian, cherry wood can also be a preferred wood. The mission style furniture kits and reproduction pieces the products on our product page are based on, are traditionally mainly made with oak wood.
In the paragraphs above, we outlined the unique qualities of cherry wood that explain why it’s one of our two choices. Although both oak wood and cherry wood are excellent choices for furniture kits, cherry wood can be seen as the ‘premium’ version. It takes more man hours to build a cherry furniture kit, it has a slightly better chance to be passed down generations over time, and its reputation as a durable and strong wood explains the difference between cherry and wood oak. All our wood is hand selected and checked on different quality standards.
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