Filed Under Furniture, Furniture Pictures | Posted on December 23, 2007
By: Jason Gerth
Rustic furniture is usually handmade and not factory produced from wood such as hickory, cypress, cedar and pine wood. One of the most popular furniture styles right now, rustic furniture is displayed in homes from Maine to Hawaii, Alaska to Florida.
Rustic Style Furniture
Rustic style furniture comes in many styles, shapes and colors, and most of them say “warm, comfortable and/or inviting.” Quality homemade rustic furniture continues to remain very popular nationwide. It’s no wonder as well – like jazz music, rustic furniture is a true American invented style.
The rustic style is as valid as any enjoyed today. Whether it be the delicate lines of a Queen Ann highboy, the kitschy boldness of a Louis XV vanity, or the resolute proclamation of a log dining table, rustic furniture can add texture, style, and charm to any home décor. Rustic furniture can add country-style appeal to a guest room, warmth to a game room, or a welcome atmosphere around the fireplace. “Rustic” used to mean “rickety or cheap.” No more. The quality rustic furniture today is all grown up and now even borders on sophisticated and trendy. Beautiful wood, polished logs, and twiggy charm has made “rustic” one of the most popular styles in the market today.
Rustic Garden Furniture
Rustic garden furniture is a favorite among those who like to have an “outdoorsy” feel in their gardens or backyards. One of the big reasons people tend to like rustic garden furniture is because it is typically not made in a factory (or if it is, it is made using hand tools one part at a time.) Another feature of rustic garden furniture that endears itself to people is the fact that every little imperfect knot or twist in the wood shows up. Some of the types of wood that are often used in building rustic garden furniture are cedar, hickory, cypress, and pine.
Handcrafted Rustic Furniture
The term “rustic furniture” can mean one of two things: furniture that is handcrafted out of authentic raw materials, or furniture that is built to look handmade. One key to finding unique furniture is to look for furniture that has truly been handcrafted or hand painted. The look and individuality of handcrafted rustic peeled wood furniture cannot be matched by mass-produced furniture offered in many specialty shops. In most cases, each piece of truly rustic furniture is one-of-a-kind in character and materials. Another benefit of handcrafted furniture is that it can be custom made to meet your unique design needs.
Rustic Cedar Furniture
Cedar works wonderfully in rustic furniture. Cedar is used in many places for its comfort, long use, and durability at the cabin, on the patio, in the garden, or most anywhere else outdoors, but it also looks great indoors! One of the more beautiful kinds of cedar is aromatic cedar. Another variety – Northern White – weathers to a beautiful silvery gray if untreated and exposed to the elements. Northern white cedar can with stand the elements for years. You can expect between 20-50 years of useful life out of your rustic furniture if you choose cedar wood.