Humidity :: Things to Consider in the Care of Your Hardwood Furniture

by Haven Bezoski on Mar 21, 2021

Humidity :: Things to Consider in the Care of Your Hardwood Furniture

We say it all the time, we design and build heirloom quality furniture. Pieces that can be handed down to family, used for generations. We craft our furniture from high grade hardwoods, making each piece capable of withstanding fluctuations in temperature and humidity. However, in cases of extreme humidity or dry conditions, the wood can shrink and crack as a result. This is a rare occurence, but needs to be considered when owning fine furniture.

Creaking or popping noises are normal as wood furniture adjusts to temperature and humidity levels, however...TO PREVENT YOUR WOOD FURNITURE FROM CHECKING (CRACKING), WARPING, OR DRYING OUT, PLEASE CONSIDER:
  • Wood is happiest and does best in moderate temperatures of approximately 70 – 72 degrees fahrenheit and approximately 50 – 55% humidity, 
  • Frequent or sudden changes in humidity will damage your wood furniture. Try to keep the humidity level in your home consistent, 
  • Avoid storing wood furniture in the basement, attic, garage, or a warehouse that is not climate controlled, 
  • Keep your furniture away from direct heat sources such as fireplaces, forced air heating vents, and radiators,
  • Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air if it's especially rainy where you live, and use a humidifier in the winter to counteract the extreme drop in humidity associated with heating,
  • Keep furniture out of direct sunlight, as this is a major cause of premature aging, drying of the wood and cracking,
  • Store table leaves as close to your table as you can (or choose to have built-in leaf storage included in your design) to ensure they are exposed to the same relative humidity and temperature.

Because we do not guarantee our furniture against damage caused by environmental issues as described above, it's important to consider this advice and the necessary care involved when purchasing fine wood furniture. Keeping this advice in mind, as well as following our Care Guidlelines will ensure you have your beautiful investment for years to come.  As always, if you have any questions, drop us a line!

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