When furnishing a home, you want to make sure that the furniture you buy will last as long as possible. In order to do so, you should consider a handcrafted piece of furniture over a mass-produced item from a big box store. Handcrafted furniture is made by craftsmen who put their skill and time into each piece of wood that they build for their clients.
There are many benefits of choosing handmade furniture over the mass-produced items that are sold at your local department store. These benefits include, but are not limited to, a unique look that can only be produced by a skilled craftsman and the fact that handcrafted furniture can be customized to fit your specific needs.
Most mass-produced pieces of furniture are designed with one goal in mind- maximum profit. They are usually produced in large quantities to allow the company to sell them as quickly as possible and often have a very cookie cutter look that is not very attractive. Because each piece of wood that is used to create a piece of furniture has its own grain and unique look, handmade furniture always looks different from other pieces of the same style. Because a craftsman works on one piece at a time, they can customize their work to suit the specific requests of each client that comes in for furniture.
Another benefit of selecting handmade furniture is the high quality of the materials that are used. Unlike the mass-produced items that are sold in big box stores, handmade furniture is typically made with more premium building materials such as solid hardwoods. Solid hardwoods are known for their durability and they can hold up against a lot of wear and tear.
The quality of the material is also important because it can help to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that are used in the manufacturing process. The majority of furniture that is mass-produced is made with materials such as MDF that contains formaldehyde, a human carcinogen. By contrast, handmade furniture is often made with natural materials such as solid wood and reclaimed lumber.
Handmade furniture is generally built in a small-scale carpenter’s shop where each piece of wood is hand cut and measured by a talented carpenter. The same hands that are cutting the wood may also be the same ones that stain or paint the finished product at the end of the process. This means that each piece of furniture is truly unique and cannot be replicated at any other factory.
When you choose handmade furniture, you are making more than a purchase, you are investing in something that will be part of your family for generations to come. Because of the quality of the materials that are used and the skill and care that goes into each piece of furniture, handmade pieces can be passed down to family members and even become heirlooms in the future. This makes the initial cost of the handmade furniture much more worth it in the long run than a piece of cheap MDF furniture that will break down and need to be replaced a few years down the road.