Rustic furniture usually means furniture made from reclaimed wood, logs, sticks, old barns, and buildings where they were originally constructed from nature. Most rustic furniture is either made from bentwood, which is wood that is heated up and then bent while soft to create the desired shape, or twig work, which is the use of straight sticks that are placed together to create the furniture. The wood can be held together with nails, screws, glue, or even mortar. Call Raised in a Barn Furniture today if you have any questions about reclaimed wood to make classic rustic furniture pieces. If you don’t see it, chances are we can build it for you.
While this furniture is commonly associated with wealthy consumers who are aiming for an outdoorsy, rustic appearance in their home or vacation cabin, the furniture actually first appeared during the Great Depression when people could not afford to purchase furniture and had to use what they had available.
Rustic Furniture Styles
The most common types of this type of furniture are bentwood and twig work, but there are other styles as well. For example, log furniture comes from a variety of wood types, such as beetle kill, pine, aspen, cedar, and hickory. These types of wood vary greatly in color and the artist may utilize different peel, bark, and finishes to change or complete the desired look.
Another type of this style of furniture involves the use of reclaimed wood, also called barn wood furniture, since the wood often comes from old bars, homes, doors, or shutters. The result is an antique, rustic appearance.
Rustic Furniture Shopping Tips
When you are searching for this type of furniture to purchase for your home or business, keep in mind that there are some specific rustic furniture definitions. For example, if the furniture is marked ‘solid wood’, that means all exposed surfaces of the furniture are made from wood and there is no particleboard or veneer in use. Most solid wood furniture pieces are glued together to maintain a smoother appearance at the edges. Note that furniture marked “all wood” does not necessarily mean “solid wood”, since plywood or particleboard may be used.
Look at the wood closely and examine the seams. If the wood grain clearly ends at the edge, then the furniture comes from a solid piece of wood. If the grain appears to continue over or past the edge, the furniture is likely a veneer piece and is not solid hardwood.
Find furniture made from hardwood (meaning beetle kill, pine, maple, alder, or oak trees) or softwood (fir, pine, or spruce trees). Be aware that most solid wood furniture will be more expensive than furniture that has plywood or particleboard since plywood and particleboard are cheaper to manufacture and therefore lowers the cost of the furniture itself.
Spend the time looking for a good quality piece of rustic furniture that you will be able to enjoy for many years to come.