Why Oak Furniture Never Goes Out of Style

Hardwood is gorgeous in the home and perfect for your furniture. It gives style and elegance and it comes from renewable sources. There are many different hardwoods to choose from but the most popular in the UK is oak which has been used for many years because of its beautiful looks, the wonderful properties it possesses to make it a good construction and craft wood, and the fact that it is sourced locally. It resists fungal and insect attack well, so it is obvious why oak furniture like that sold on kalustofurniture.co.uk is so popular.

So, what does ‘hardwood’ mean? The term ‘hardwood’ doesn’t necessarily mean that the wood is hard. Balsa is a hardwood but it is actually softer than the softwoods. There is great variance in the actual hardness of both hardwoods and softwoods. What the term means is that the wood comes from trees that reproduce in a certain way. Hardwoods come from angiosperm trees where the seeds have some sort of covering. Oak is a hardwood because the acorns are covered seeds.

The actual hardness of wood is measured on the Janka scale. At the top end of the scale are woods such as Patagonian Rosewood and Brazilian Ebony and at the bottom end you tend to find a lot of the softwoods such as Western Juniper and Eastern White Pine. The scale measures in pounds-force (lbf) and it records the force required to embed a 0.444 inch steel ball into wood to the point where it halves the ball’s diameter. Guayacan wood at the very top of the scale is rated at 4500 lbf, and Balsa at the bottom end is rated at 100 lbf.

Oak is available in several different types, each with distinct characteristics. The types are Natural, Tiger, Pippy and Bog. Natural is the most common and is pale brown with normal grain, Tiger is more stripy, Pippy has a cats-paw appearance, and Bog is dark because it has taken on colour from peat bogs. Bog oak is particularly rare, so you aren’t likely to find much furniture made from it, although it does exist.

When buying oak furniture, make sure that everything is made from solid oak including the bases and backs of drawers because it will last longer. Veneers look pretty good, but they don’t have the same strength and durability. Handles, knobs and other extras should reflect the quality of the wood and complement the piece. Look for great design and craftsmanship.

There are different styles of oak furniture available, both modern and traditional, but oak crafted to any design looks beautiful and will be a lovely addition to any home.

Top 10 Tips For Choosing A New Bed

I recently bought a great new bed on this site that has cheap double beds at giveaway prices, and am really pleased with my purchase. Here are my top tips for buying a new bed or mattress.

1). Test your bed before you buy, never purchase a mattress without having a lie down test beforehand.

2). If your previous bed was very soft, do not change to an incredibly hard mattress. This will make the transition harder for your body to adjust to.

3). During the night most people toss and turn- to ease the stress on your joints buy a bed that does not have too much give, a mattress that is too soft will make it harder for your body to turn over putting strain on your joint tissues.

4). However, it is important to get a mattress that will support the curves of your body; optimally when horizontal your spine should still retain its natural curve. Mattresses with visio-elastic filling are very good at achieving this; test the suitability of the mattress by pressing your flat hand on it, a visio-elastic mattress should shape around your fingers, providing comfort at pressure points’ on the body.

5). We sweat around 1 – 2 pints of sweat during the night; choose a bed that allows for good evaporation such as a divan or one with a slatted base that will allow for air circulation. Take into consideration that a base can alter the mattress so bare that in mind when purchasing both separately.

6). Divan bases come in different shapes and forms; a spring edged divan, much like the name suggests has springs that go to the very edge of the base, increasing mattress life. A platform top base being solid will make your bed firmer.

7). If you and your partner are different weights it is worth looking into a super king size bed frame that can accommodate two single beds. Allowing you to each purchase a mattress that will suit your weight and form.

8). Constantly woken up by your partners shifting and twitching; again two single beds will do the trick but if you cannot accommodate a super king size bed in your bedroom proprietary spring mechanisms can alleviate the problem. Models such as Silentnight’s Miracoil and Sealy’s Posturepedic have twice as much springs that are less interconnected as you’re typical mattress reducing partner disturbance.

9). If you suffer from allergies or asthma be aware that it could be aggravated by your bed. There are hypo-allergic styles available on the market which may alleviate symptoms and invest in a cotton mattress protector which will also minimise irritation.

10). Once you have purchased your mattress ensure maximum longevity by flipping it over and turning it around.

Are TV Beds Any Good?

The answer to this question, as with most consumer goods, is that it is really a matter of personal choice. There are those who have bought a TV bed and are extremely happy with their purchase, while there are others who have had nothing but problems with the mechanics of the unit. Still others are bowled over by the price, as most TV beds do not include the price of a mattress, so after purchasing the unit and a separate mattress, this can be very expensive; some say much better to buy a bed with mattress included, and then set a flat screen TV at the end of the bed, if this is your preference.

Another factor of course is the make and model of TV bed, and where it is purchased: buying from a reputable supplier and choosing a quality manufacturer, should ensure that you get value for money.

Who doesn’t like the idea of a TV that rises from the footboard of your bed by remote control; allowing you to turn on the TV, change channels, and turn off the TV at the touch of a button. These conveniences, of course, are available with any TV that has a remote control, and a flat-screen TV can be set up anywhere in the room without taking up too much space. So why you might ask do we need an all in one TV bed? As mentioned before, this is of course purely a matter of taste and personal choice.

A good quality TV bed made by a reputable company and bought from a trustworthy retailer or website, will probably provide customer satisfaction and will carry a guarantee for at least a year or two, whereas a cheap “special offer” TV bed from an unknown manufacturer, through a dubious website, may cause nothing but problems, and although inexpensive to buy; may in the long run cost so much more in problems and repairs. Here you can find a¬†selection of fabric upholstered beds in all sizes, including TV beds.

Consumer reviews on TV beds are also a mixed bag, with some users ecstatic with their purchase and with no complaints whatsoever. On the other hand there are many reviewers who have had nothing but problems with their purchase, and others who were put off by the price and decided instead to go with a good quality bed and mattress, and a flat-screen TV fitted on a narrow table at the foot of the bed, or indeed on a wall.