When shopping for wood furniture pieces that will last a lifetime, it is important to understand exactly how pieces are made and how to care for them prior to your purchase. There are many types of woods used to make wood furniture with. These days, you can even find furniture made from particle boards. Particle boards are made from wood chips glued and compressed into sheets. Although this type of furniture is very cheap and portable (they are usually flat packed for self assembly), they are not really durable. Compared to solid wood, particle boards are prone to chipping and denting. They can be easily damaged by water as well. Solid wood is divided into two categories, softwood and hardwood. Hardwood is wood from angiosperm trees, such as oak, walnut, ash, cherry, teak, maple, and mahogany. This is the best type of wood for making furniture with. Teak and oak are exceptionally tough and heavy duty. Both are usually used for making expensive furniture pieces. Softwood such as pine, cypress, cedar, and other evergreen wood is cheaper yet less durable than hardwood.
If the wood furniture is intended for daily use, such as closet or cabinet, you should consider choosing one with good durability. If the main purpose is for display or temporary use, you can worry less about its durability. You should also consider the space available in your house, because it will determine the size of the furniture you can put into your home.