Obique Solid Pine Children’s Furniture
What is Pine Wood?
As you may already know, solid woods are classified as either hardwoods or softwoods. It’s important to know that the description is based on the tree’s foliage rather than the strength of the wood. While hardwood trees lose their leaves seasonally, softwood trees maintain their leaves year-round. Softwoods aren’t weaker than hardwoods. Softwoods come from coniferous trees such as cedar, fir, and pine and tend to be somewhat yellow or reddish. Because most coniferous trees grow fast and straight, softwoods are generally less expensive than hardwoods.
Pine is a softwood that’s grown and used worldwide. Usually pine wood is light coloured with a prominent grain and has knots that are much darker than the rest of the wood. Pine is very easy to work with and, because most varieties are relatively soft, it lends itself to carving.
Pine is by far one of the most used materials when it comes to wooden furniture for your home. This is because pine has so many great qualities that make it the perfect choice for home furnishing. Typically, pine is used to convey a sense of lightness and simplicity. Being a softwood, it is light and knotty, perfect for country style furniture or rustic style furniture.
Why Consider Pine Wood When Choosing A Furniture Item?
As stated before, pine furniture is less expensive than many other types of wooden furniture. It can be painted, stained or covered in a clear coat of varnish. Because of the wood’s noticeable grain and knots, each piece has an unique look. Pine furniture blends well with other woods, allowing the buyer to mix and match pieces. Pine furniture adds cosiness to a room, and the wood is ideal for rustic or English Country décor. Pine’s colouring keeps beds, tables, chairs and storage boxes from appearing heavy and stuffy. Unfinished pine furniture, which can be personalized by painting or stencilling, allows great flexibility in a child’s room, as the furniture can be refinished and repainted as the child’s tastes changes.
What to Look For?
As for every item on the today’s market, the quality of pine furniture can vary widely. Although pine is more pliable than most hardwoods, pieces can last for decades if they are constructed well. Knots should be expected and can be attractive in a piece of furniture, but watch out for knots that create a hole in the furniture. Too many knots can weaken the piece. Although pine is a sturdy wood, it can easily be dented and scratched. Like all woods, pine will warp when exposed to constant humidity or moisture.
Pine Wood Furniture From Obique
Our furniture is made in the EU to the highest quality standards from solid pine and varnished with hard wearing high gloss, child safe water based varnish, to enable easy cleaning. Our products are entirely child safe in regard to the materials and design of the product. All too often, cheap children’s furniture is available from suppliers in online market places, that has not been properly designed for children. Manufacturing children’s wooden items is not just about scaling adult furniture to the size required for children. Obique’s best practice approach to manufacturing children’s furniture starts with a design phase, that eliminates the dangers inherent in adult furniture, that could injure your children.
We believe that the critical areas in designing children’s furniture are:
- A solid, strong, sturdy construction to ensure stability;
- The elimination of pinch points to avoid injury;
- The elimination of scissor joints to avoid injury;
- The management of the weight of furniture components;
- The elimination of rough, sharp edges and corners to avoid injury.
Whilst designed for use in the home, the sturdy construction of our products ensures they are ideal for use in a commercial nursery or Kindergarten. Our beautifully made solid pine children’s furniture was designed to survive rough handling by smaller children and will last for decades.