10 Reasons to be Inclined Towards Wooden Furniture

With advancements in technology and industry alternatives to wooden furniture are available in plenty. This brings us to the question….why buy wooden furniture? For a start wooden furniture is a favourite among most people looking to find that perfect piece of furniture for their space, be it home the office, well whatever it may be. The feeling of having a little bit of the outdoor feel indoors is irresistible to most. This has led to trends such as designer furniture, not without cause, all of which shall be explained in brief and as aptly as possible. So here are some of the reasons why you should probably opt for a piece of wooden furniture the next time your looking for something to fill in those empty gaps.

1. Wooden Furniture Gives A Natural Look :
Wood in general is beautiful to look at : the patterns and lines running across in sync with each other. They tend to be appealing to the eye. Natural beauty, RARE! The finish to a piece of wooden furniture is always carried out with the beauty of the piece in mind.

2. Wooden Furniture is Easy to Look After :
Good quality wooden furniture that has been well made is usually durable making it a pleasant benefit for the owner. It can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors free from worry of rot due to fungus or termites.

3. Wooden Furniture is Strong and Reselient :
Wood is naturally tough. Try breaking a piece with your bare hands….nothing, guessed as much. Such durability is reliable when faced with high duty as well. You most certainly will not be looking for a replacement anytime soon. Soon being a very very long time.

4. Unmatchable When It Comes To Décor :
Being pleasant to look and excellent naturally to the eye, wooden furniture will make for a great focal point. It is authentic and an antique feel to it.

5. Easy to Maintain :
All wooden furniture needs from time to time is a good clean wipe. There are also multitudes of cleaning products available incase of stains, usually simple to use.

6. Strong Resistance To Weather :
Seasons will come and go, but your furniture will be fine. You will grow old but if your wooden furniture is well taken care of by you personally it will not age or damage easily. Even outdoors wooden furniture does not necessarily require storage or covering. Its always better to play it safe though.

7. The Best Investment :
Forget what is being passed around by word of mouth wooden furniture is truly the best investment available to you. A good piece/set can be quite expensive, however it will make a long lasting and smart investment for your home/any other space. You get beauty, quality, comfort and a lifetimes worth of memories all in one.

8. Eco Friendly :
Wood is always a better choice when compared to the other options available in the market such as plastic.

9. Flexibility :
Wooden furniture can always be modified. It can be both indoors or outdoors. It will fit any given space almost perfectly.

10. Natural Living Furniture :
Saving the best for last need you be reminded that Natural Living Furniture offers you a lifetime warranty on every piece of furniture. Wait, it gets better. After 10 years if you decide you want something new Natural Living will offer you a 60% buy back on your old piece of furniture. Need anything else be said….?

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Why wooden furniture was gifted in olden days?

In ancient times when the sages were aware of the vastu principles, they used to use them in day-to-day life as well. Vastu for them did not mean only the architecture part. It actually meant that they wanted balance of all the forces of nature in everything they did. Over a period of time, the vastu principles became a part of the culture and all actions done by even ordinary people were in line with vastu. Even the rulers had royal astrologers who would give the advice about these things.
One of the major areas of daily life is the giving and taking of gifts. Even in ancient times, this was prevalent. But it was limited in the sense that the availability of items in those times was limited and people used to lead a simple life.
But the gifts were of prescribed nature for specific occasions. Why? The reason is vastu. These prescribed things were gifted and were accepted, as they would change the pattern of energy and natural forces for the person taking them. Over a period of time these things became common and are even visible in the form of customary gifts for occasions. For example, in most of the cultures it is customary to gift clothes on the birth of a child. In olden days, wooden furniture was also gifted a lot more than these days. Wood if considered as energy – is constantly in motion, driven to grow and expand like the green shoots bursting forth in spring. The predominant energy and significance with wood, is being appreciated for being firmly grounded with deep roots at home. From this place of stability and strength, potential is unlimited, and the capacity to succeed against all odds. Color symbolisms of associations with wood are green and blue.
Converting this wood energy into a commercial plus usable design form, and forming a basic structure, like furniture, artifact, sculptures etc.
Wooden furniture items were and are still gifted by a many people but how do they affect the native is not known to many people.
Wood is ruled by Jupiter and as such gifting furniture will bring auspicious forces in the house and will bring prosperity and luck to the inmates of the house. Furniture made of wood suggests the influence of Jupiter and the furniture made of iron suggest the influence of Saturn. A combination of wood and iron is a lot common while making furniture with Sheesham wood. The craft-work is called ‘Jaali’ work. The craftsmanship that went into making of wooden furniture was always hand-made, which gave that personal touch to the idea of gifting.
Though, it’s said that the choice of furniture as a gift to someone must be done with consideration. Even if the study of feng shui is put aside, one needs to be alert of the toxins that reside within old furniture, such as leaked mercury in old clocks or formaldehyde glues in furniture made of layers of wood. Many of these hidden toxins can cause health problems. It is of utter importance that wooden furniture is always re-energized or if spoken in modern terms is always maintained nicely.
At present exchange of gifts in the society, specifically in India, is becoming an essential part of our relationship with others. There are occasions like marriage, birth days, festivals, housewarming etc – and there is no limit to the occasion to gift someone with a wooden piece of furniture, artifact or just a small box to hold the tiniest of your memory.
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Exchange of gifts has been a normal phenomenon among the human beings from time immemorial. In ancient times, our rishis and munis were fully aware of the significance of the day-to-day activities of men and women and the way it could affect the entire balance of one’s life. Thus, even the giving of gifts can be determined by taking into consideration the planetary influences.
In the present day context, a planetary consideration on gifts can take on a priority over making a choice., What makes the process very complicated is making a choice of a proper gift.
There is an infinite variety of things available in the market. One can choose a gift of any color or of any price. In each category of gifts there are innumerable aspects. The general gifts include: furniture, cosmetics, clothes, sweets, jewellery, stationery items, electronic items and even property. Sometimes even flowers suffice.
39It has also been observed that certain gifts are being exchanged these days for no specific occasion. The person should be aware of the items which are being gifted. The person accepting them should also be careful these days as there are innumerable items which may not pass the test as gifts as per the canons of vastu. This has a strong correlation with astrology as well. Astrology also tells you the effects of various planets. The effects of natural forces of these planets affecting us decides our way of thinking and the way we work in society. This is unique to every individual. Hence, this aspect must be given due consideration while selecting and taking gifts. An item rejected by one is liked by the other is an indication that different forces operate for different people.

Wooden Furniture Market.

International wood industry is becoming complex and interesting at a growing pace. This industry has come to limelight only over the last decade, due to a number of revolutionary reasons like – globalization, production assortment and development in technology.
Major countries which increase their economic growth in wood industry are China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Europe and America. Europe and America are the continents that compete with Asia – because of the abundance of wood in Asia and also because it is available at a cheaper rate.
These furniture industries have shown incredible economic growth rate recently, for a lot many reasons. Europe – has responded to this competition by enhancing productivity, targeting only the niche market, bringing in a lot of creativity in the design structure and in craftsmanship, in the quality of the product and with new ways of marketing strategies to create demand for them.
Though the level of skills involved is not as sophisticated as in craft works. The development of craft skills is essential for the survival of European furniture industry. Craft skills are necessary to produce high quality, intricate furniture items based on solid wood.

craftmanship-wood1These craftsmanship skills, if considered from an Asian country’s point of you, especially India – the markets are filled with highly skilled labor market. Cheap labor producing high quality sheesham wood furniture, from normal furniture to intensively detailed wooden carving work with antique style in furniture. Cities like Jodhpur, Rajasthan – become the pioneer cities for producing furniture, which showcase beautiful artistic craftsmanship, and all of that is done handmade.
These skills in European countries are mainly computer operated numerically controlled machines, which might give that precise symmetrically patterns but lack the innovation in intricate carving designs and patterns, which is typically an art form developed in Asian countries, especially India, China, Indonesia and Thailand.
Demand for such wooden hand-crafted furniture has increased a lot over the last decade in European and other countries, especially because of the detail carving and craftsmanship that goes in the manufacture of those antique looking wooden furniture.
Craftsmanship is an art that is embedded in the bloods of Indian workers, while this process is a much programmed process outside Asian countries.
Other than the best features like durability, sustainability in all kinds of weather and the fact that it is so beautiful aesthetically speaking – the demand for sheesham furniture has increased in European market, and even in Indian market because of the abundance in sheesham wood in these countries. The labor cost that goes into the production of such hand-crafted furniture is cheap and affordable.
That becomes an important factor while importing sheesham furniture for these foreign countries than spending thousands and million in a training program to acquire those craftsmanship skills, which anyway is an effort for these countries to make the younger crowd understand the importance of wood, wooden furniture and craftsmanship.
Regal exports have been one of the major brands to export hardwood (sheesham) furniture to European countries. With stores all over India, including Jodhpur, Goa, Pune it has seen a tremendous growth in the economies of scale. Being located in a country (India) where Sheesham wood grows in abundance and the craft skills are drunk to perfection, it has become one of the biggest online stores to export Sheesham wood furniture to European countries. Regal Exports also – provides custom designed furniture too, with beautiful craft work which is completely hand done.
This personal touch to the furniture is becoming a trending demand in foreign countries.
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Benefits of Sheesham Wood

Benefits of Sheesham Hardwood.
Sheesham hardwood
Sheesham, or scientifically known as Dalbergia Sissoo, the mostly famous for being used in making furniture. It is the most useful timber source in India.

Found throughout the sub-Himalayan region, from the Indus to Assam. Sheesham, Shishan, Shisham, Sissoo or Sisu, the tree is also found in many parts of India, especially in the Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam.
Large quantities of the Sheesham timber are available from Uttar Pradesh and the Punjab.

The Sheesham wood is described as golden brown to deep brown in colour, with darker streaks that give the wood an attractive appearance.
• The wood is hard with a uniform and medium coarse texture. It has a good natural resistance to decay and is considered to be a popular carving and engraving wood in India.
• Sheesham lends itself perfectly to the cabinet making industry as it seasons well and does not warp or split.
• It is extremely durable and is one of the timbers least susceptible to dry-wood termites. The wood offers resistance to sawing and cutting but is excellent for turnery, takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth surface.
• Each piece of Sheesham furniture will have a unique colouring, thanks to the well defined grain of the wood, which can be brought to a fine finish by hand waxing.
• Sheesham furniture often features hand forged wrought iron work, known as Jali ironwork.
• As well as high quality furniture, Sheesham is also used for marine and aircraft grade plywood, charcoal for heating and cooking, musical instruments, ornamental turnery, carving, engraving, tool handles and sporting goods.
• Its root wood is used for tobacco pipes. In village industry Dalbergia sissoo (sheesham) is popular for doors and windows. Sheesham makes the perfect space for Antique Furniture.
• The wood takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth lustre.
• The beautiful natural patterns make for an enchanting finish to enjoy in your home
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Why Sheesham hardwood-

The wood has a rich chestnut colour and is ideally suited for making furniture due to its hard nature and close grain that polishes well and finishes to a smooth surface. As a natural material each piece of Sheesham timber has individual markings and characteristics resulting in every item of furniture being totally unique.
It is strong, durable and beautiful.If you want a smooth finished wood with natural marking in a chestnut colour, sheesham wood should be your choice.You’ll be pleased with the life you’ll get with them, so you can enjoy them for decades.

Gifts are forever – WoodenFurniture this festive season

Be it a festive season or someone in your life who means so much to you that the whole year goes by as a festival. A gift is always a way of expressing what you feel for that person/family.
From a simple hand written card to a very expensive car- whatever it maybe, when its give from your heart it’ll always means the world to that certain person

This entry is particularly based on gifts and why wooden furniture would make that perfect gift for anyone you would like to offer a gift.

Speaking qualitatively, Wood as a part of the nature, is the most pure form of article present on earth.
Relate it with the relationship you have with that one person/family- pure and wholesome.

Crafting the wood into a beautiful piece of furniture or artifact- the process is similar to what you practice while nourishing your relationship. A delicate crafting with firm attention is given in producing wooden furniture. Similarly focusing on the relationship you have there is that delicate yet firm attention given to it.

Hardwood furniture, like Rosewood ( Sheesham ), Teakwood have a life capacity that can lost for as long as 6 generations, which in itself talks for itself. Wooden furniture becomes one of the most royal and precious collection that can be passed on for generation.
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Moreover, it can also become a great investment option- because if the quality of wood is proper solid wood- that is if its not veneered or bonded with softwood, then it can essentially last forever. Giving a piece of wooden furniture or even an artifact to person who is going to remain important forever in your life, will say the right thing. (Maybe someday- that will ‘piece of forever’ can save his/her life, and its almost as valuable as diamonds!)

Not a big fan of change, or if you know someone who is not a big fan of change- giving wooden furniture makes the best sense. Only efforts needed are choosing the right kind of wood and the work done on it. Speaking from the current trends, wooden furniture does not run out of fashion ever. (at least in the furniture department.)

And mentioned in the previous blog on how to remove the stains from the wooden furniture you can always make the whole procedure of cleaning up the furniture a ‘family’ event! There’s a lot of time given while refinishing wooden furniture- but you can do it at home, so that becomes the best part about having wooden furniture. Quality time can be spent.

Overall attaching emotional as well as practical sentiments to wooden furniture and then gift wrapping it, the process will make the furniture come to life.

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How to remove scratches from Wooden Furniture

Wooden Furniture is the most expensive kind of furniture to have for home. They are so delicately carved that even a tiny bit of scratch on them and your heart is almost in your throat. And we can only imagine if you have a pet in at your place (not cats we presume, the scratchers that they are!)

But, here we are with simple steps to remove these scratches if they happen. You may need a lot of patience and a couple of more things like Sand paper, wax, polyurethane or shellac, etc.

Getting step wise, The first method needs fine sandpaper and loads of patience. The sanding itself isn’t a big job; you simply rub with care over the length of the scratch, moving in line with the wood grain. The time-consuming part is that you need to re-varnish, paint, or wax the area to get back to a uniform colour, which is where your patience will come in.

Typically during manufacture, varnish, polyurethane, or shellac is applied to wood to protect the surface. Applying wax or polish protects the manufacturer’s finish and helps to reduce surface scratches. Wax provides a hard finish and long-lasting protection, doesn’t smear, and is more durable than sprays or polishes. Use paste wax or liquid wax made specifically for furniture. Depending on use, paste wax finishes may last as long as two years. Liquid wax is easier to apply but leaves a thinner coating; it may need to be applied more frequently than paste wax. Learn how to properly apply waxes to eliminate streaks or a cloudy appearance. Always apply wax in light coats, rubbing into the surface with the grain. Allow to dry and buff to a clear shine with a soft cloth.
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Tips for Applying Paste Wax

· Put a spoonful of wax, about the size of a golf ball, in a square of 100-percent-cotton fabric. Wrap the fabric around the wax ball and knead it until soft.

· Rub in a circular motion, one small area at a time, until the waxing is complete.

· When the surface dulls, wipe off the excess wax. Use a clean, soft cotton cloth and turn it frequently.

· Repeat waxing and wiping until the entire piece is waxed. If you notice a streak, keep wiping to remove excess wax.

· Polish the wood, with a soft cloth or lamb’s-wool pad attached to an electric drill or power buffer. If the wax smears, wipe with a soft cloth and continue buffing.

· For a deep shine, apply a second coat of wax in the same manner; to maintain waxed furniture, dust with a lamb’s-wool duster. Never use liquid or aerosol furniture polishes because they can dissolve the wax and leave a hazy film.
So, for everyday wood and wood-effect furniture, you may want to take a short cut and simply cover up the scratch. Ideally, use wood stain or a coloured polish that matches your furniture. Apply the solution to a soft cloth, and then work it into the wood. If you can’t get a colour match, use a wax crayon. Most children’s ranges have a tremendous variety of browns – and these duller shades always kick about in pencil cases after the snazzy reds have long gone. To fix scratches in leather, again use wax crayons. This is effective for both bags and shoes, and can work as a last resort for coats. Polish afterwards with a soft cloth to remove loose wax.
Scratches in plastic are less easy. It is worth trying a light oil such as WD-40 on white appliance scratches, such as fridges and washing machines. However, on white plastics that have a natural matte finish, doing nothing brings a solution of some sort. Scratching shows up most obviously on surfaces that are highly polished. As your items ages, scratches blend in.Repaint over scratches in paint. Simply paint over the scratch and then, just before the paint has dried, take a damp cloth and blend the edges of the new paint in with the original paint to avoid any tell-tale lines.

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Wooden Furniture… A key element in your home

Trends in interiors come and go but the one thing that remains timeless and elegant is wooden furniture.  Wood brings atmosphere and a natural feel to an interior, balancing out any overzealous use of whites and greys.

Furniture made of reclaimed wood, sheesham hardwood (known as the Indian rosewood), to name a few, without paint finishes gives rooms warmth and texture. Furniture made from Sheesham hardwood has an original grain that gives it a very elegant and rich look. The use of simple wood can offer your home natural beauty that will last a lifetime.

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Wooden furniture a key element in your homes

A key trend in homes today is that of zesty colours and fluorescents. Pairing these with wooden furniture also benefit the home, not just the simple neutral colours. With fluro being the key trend of the moment, these shades are the perfect way to enliven wooden items in your home. Adding joyous touches of intense, neon-inspired hues will contrast beautifully with bare wooden surfaces, or for a more thrown-together look try layering almost translucent pastels for an effect that is subtle and sophisticated yet still very new.

Natural Living believes in subtle details that are executed with perfect craftsmanship. We love mixing modern with rustic, balancing clean lines with something rough, jagged or naturally distressed.  

Wood is the direct fruit of the Earth, it is the mark of a marriage with its own territory, it is feeling part of a landscape, it is the reference to a cosmic dimension that art, at times, is able to decipher. Therefore, make wooden furniture a key element in your homes that balances out the spunk as well as brings about elegance in any home.