If you look in museums or books showing how we lived in the past, pine furniture barely figures. In the past most of our tables, chairs and beds were made from British native species such as oak, maple, chestnut or rosewood and it’s only been in the last century that pine furniture has really caught on. So what has made pine so popular?
It Grows Quickly
The growing world population means there is increasing pressure on the world’s natural resources. In the 20th century furniture moved from being something passed down through the generations into something which was more of a fashion statement, which homeowners changed regularly. A pine tree only takes around 30 years to reach full maturity, compared with around 150 years for an oak tree. Pine trees also take up less space in forests and are happy growing together in closely planted forests, unlike native species.
It’s Easy To Work With
Pine is what’s known as a soft wood, which means it is malleable compared to other woods and can be easily carved, shaped, cut and made into all manner of furniture, from a pine double bed to a set of shelves. It’s also a light wood which means that it costs less to transport and is more suited to modern living, where many of us move house regularly or rearrange the rooms. Pine is uniform in appearance and is also strong enough to be used for cladding on roofs or flooring.
It’s Environmentally Friendly
As pine grows so quickly, forestry companies can easily replace what they are taking from the environment. The same cannot be said of tropical hardwoods such as mahogany or teak which take much longer to grow and form part of the valuable tropical rainforests. Also, pine trees are indigenous to the UK and Northern Europe, meaning your pine double bed has a lower carbon footprint than one imported from half way across the world.
It Can Be Easily Customised
Pine is a versatile wood and can be easily painted, stained or varnished. Many of the products on the market are pre-stained or varnished when we buy them, but all it takes is a quick rub down with sandpaper and the pine is ready to be painted over once again. Many homeowners who have more expensive types of wood such as solid oak or teak are unwilling to spoil the appearance of their furniture with paint or varnish, but pine can be altered to suit any new interior design scheme.
It’s Widely Available
You could spend weeks looking for mahogany chairs to match your table, but as pine is widely available from high street and online retailers, it’s much easier to find pine items to match what you already have in the house. This popularity presents its own difficulties though as choosing between the huge variety of items on offer can be difficult. Too much choice is always better than not enough choice though, and the choice guarantees that you will always be able to find the perfect pine for you.
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