Wood is among the oldest construction materials known to mankind, and even today, with advanced metal alloys and plastic, wood is still a vital material for construction. Not only is wood tough and usable in many different applications, but its natural texture, appearance, and even scent are often highly appealing and may make a good impression of a room or building. What is more, wood is still an important material for building modern houses, aside from those that use hollow concrete bricks to form their walls. Most furniture today is made from real wood or engineered hardwood, and such furniture may be a table and its chairs, a dresser or chest, a bed’s frame, a baby’s crib, or even an outdoor picnic table and benches. Wooden decks are also popular forms of landscaping for many American homes today.
Not only are natural and engineered hardwoods used today, but high quality stickers may be used to give a wood-like appearance to drywall or concrete floor too. These stick on wood planks or stick on panels are useful where actual wood is impractical or too expensive, but where the aesthetic is still desired. Such peel and stick paneling is a great choice for making a concrete floor look more appealing, and may compliment real engineered hardwood furniture found in that room. What is wood capable of today?
Wooden Furniture and Floors
All sorts of furniture is made from real wood, as described above, and wooden floors are standard for American homes. Such wood is often engineered hardwood, where oak or cherry or redwood might be treated to reduce instances of moisture absorption and warping. Such warping and humidity might compromise other wooden floors, but engineered hardwood is resistant to that, and such engineered hardwood may be highly sought after in regions that experience a lot of moisture or temperature changes. The humid northwest, such as along the Oregon and Washington state coast, may be a fine place to use engineered hardwood floors, and flooring contractors may often work with such materials.
What about furniture? For centuries, Americans have used native hardwoods such as cherry and oak not only for building houses, but the furniture inside them. This tradition continues today, and some uniquely American styles for hardwood beds, chests, tables, dressers, and more have since been innovated. Such wood may also be painted or stained for aesthetics, and may be highly polished as well. Surveys and studies have been done, and they show that many American furniture shoppers expect that their wooden furniture is very high quality and should last a long time. Many buyers demand that a wooden piece of furniture may last 10-15 years or even longer, and maintain its integrity the entire time. Many discerning shoppers spend good money on these quality pieces of furniture, which may often prove to be an excellent investment. No one wants to get into their bed only for it to collapse around them. The Amish people, in particular, are known for their hand-made, high quality wooden items and they often accept commissions from across the United States. These wooden furniture pieces take time to build and ship, but they are nearly unfailingly top-tier quality, which most customers eagerly want.
Meanwhile, the aesthetics of wood can be used without the commitment or expense of full-on wood engineering. An office lobby may have a concrete floor, but shiplap planks or peel and stick wood panels may be used to give the appearance of wood, which may be pleasant to look at. The same is true of the walls, and interior plank walls or even peel and stick wood panels may be attached to otherwise bare and plain walls for aesthetics. Such wood panels are conveniently easy and cost-friendly to acquire and apply to the walls for a full and pleasant wood effect, and they can be removed later if they need to be replaced or if the premises are being vacated. Homeowners may also make use of these peel and stick panels and strips, and inquire about them at their local hardware store. Installing them on the walls or floor may be a fine DIY project to gently remodel a room. It could remake a room’s aesthetic and atmosphere for the better.