Rachel Wells. Furniture. May 02nd , 2018.
Wood and How it is Jointed. Choosing the correct wood is an art in itself, and fashioning an elegant piece of furniture using traditional carpentry joints that is as sturdy and strong as you require it to be is a sign of a master-craftsman. This is the quality only attainable with handmade furniture, no matter where it is crafted. Britain, the USA and Scandinavia are noted for the high quality of their craftsmanship, and France, Germany and Holland have all had their moments in furniture history. Today it is predominantly the first mentioned three that provide most of the higher-end handmade furniture. It is difficult to beat the craftsmanship of American furniture firms such The Custom Shoppe, American Craftsman and Stickley, while Southwood are without doubt the premier producer of reproduction furniture in the USA. There are many Amish furniture retailers that market products that have been handmade by individual craftsmen, using the traditional techniques passed down from father to son. The old jointing techniques are the best because they have been devised over time to provide the strongest and most enduring joint between two or more pieces of wood.
Many are unaware that since most furniture are made from synthetic materials, they have the greatest potential to actually harm both the body and the environment. Plastics, metals and some hardwood pieces often contain chemicals that help preserve and keep the integrity of the furniture. Not doing this would jeopardize the business, and so furniture manufacturers incorporate preservative materials to their products to increase their longevity in warehouses and stores. For example, some solid wood furniture is imbibed with pesticide and/or fungicides that kill insects or molds that may invade and destroy the furniture. Some have preservatives like Formaldehyde as for plastic or steel fixtures, especially those with color, their paints may contain lead. All these pose a significant health risk to the users. Some disintegrate and turn into vapour, but this ultimately causes harm too. Inhaling the fumes from chemicals in the furniture will cause disorders and disease. Whats more is that these chemicals do not break down easily. They stay with your solid wood furniture until the day you dispose of them. When you dispose of them, the environment then takes the damages. The chemicals harm and pollute the environment.
Function and Comfort. Furniture should be practical and user friendly and must be made up of quality materials. Ensure that the home office furniture which you are planning to purchase is accommodating to your work requirements. You must be well aware of the requirements of the people who will be working along with you in the office you wish to furnish. You must have a rough idea about the drawer space and shelf space. This will be helpful in the total set-up and furnishing. Ensure that the furniture you select will be function well in your office. Nowadays because of the cut throat competition and deadlines, long working hours have become a necessity. Sitting in the same chair for hours may cause back problems. Comfort of the home office furniture plays a vital role in keeping you fresh and active throughout your working hours and at the same time helps you in increasing the productivity which in turn, increases your income. Comfortable furniture helps you in keeping yourself fit and healthy by providing you a good sitting posture. A good sitting posture helps in reducing the risk of injuries such as slipped disks, sore neck, shoulders and severe back ache. Functioning and comfort of the furniture are priorities when purchasing furniture. So it is very important that the furniture you purchase should be comfortable and practical. Filing cabinets, bookshelves, pencil drawers, and many additional office accessories are available at the supply stores to help keep your office organized.
However, most of todays furnishings are still not designed to be moved around regularly. As anyone who has tried to relocate with traditional furniture can attest to, nearly every move results in some serious damage to ones most valued furnishings, and it is often very expensive to repair any type of significant damage to traditional furniture unless the owner is an experienced craftsman. This is one of the reasons why less families are purchasing furniture these days with the intent to pass the pieces down to their children some day, as most furniture simply is not designed to put up with the frequency with which people move about in the modern era.
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