DESIGN FOCUS // TIMBER

You’ve spent time and energy researching quality building and manufacturing processes for your new home or Toowoomba renovation, and now the keys are in your hand! Looking for furniture design to compliment this new build? While home wares cycle in and out of fashion, Timber furniture can be timeless. We take a DESIGN FOCUS deep-dive into all there is to uncover about this furniture style.

What is the difference between Timber styles?

Let’s talk manufacturing: A good way to test the quality of your timber furniture, is to try and lift it! Heavy? It’s likely well made and manufactured in a bespoke method, from quality material type. However, if you are able to lift that item with one hand, it’s possibly purchased from a supply chain with a focus on high turnover rather than longevity and quality.

A certain Swedish brand can provide the item cheaply, so why should I spend more for a solid Timber piece?

If it needs you to build it with an allan key don’t consider it a long-term item! While instantly practical, self-assembly items have questionable and unpredictable longevity (evidenced by the volume of ready-to-assemble items left by the side of the road awaiting council rubbish collection!).

By contrast, solid Timber furniture is able to be repurposed and re-imagined and revamped as it ages and is rarely tossed out as its value is too high.

Nerding it up: Is it all the same Timber type?

There are several types of Australian Hardwood timber used in furniture manufacturing including:
Jarrah:
Sourced from a limited area in Western Australia, Jarrah is considered a limited resource and it therefore an expensive Australian Hardwood. It is red to red-brown in colour.
Tasmanian Oak:
Also known as Mountain, Victorian or Alpine Ash, this timber is grown in the Mountain regions of Victoria, Tasmania and New south Wales. It is highly sought after for it’s blonder colouring, from pink-brown through to straw.

Redgum:
As the name suggested this timber is well known for its deep red hues, however it also sports a highly interlinked grain for contrast. This makes it an ideal feature timber. It is extremely dense and heavy, which makes it ideal to stand up to the rigours of family life!

Messmate:
This timber is grown widely across the south east of Australia. With its intricate pattern and grain, it is ideal for hiding knocks and scratches from every day wear and tear and despite its natural colour of mid-light brown, Messmate takes stain very well and is often used to compliment or contract other timbers.

Silky Oak:
Common to antique shops across Queensland, this beautiful hardwood comes from far north Queensland. Silky Oak timber is known for its lacey grain and is often referred to as “Lacewood”. It varies in colour from light to mid brown and its ribbons of grain are show stopping!

Blackbutt:
This timber is derived from a Eucalypt that can while it can withstand fires, is left with a charred and blackened base. We love this timber just for its ultra-cheeky-Aussie name! Blackbutt is a paler blonde timber, but with a distinctive darker grain.

Is timber worth the price tag?

New, high quality Timber furniture will be around for decades, and can be revamped and repaired and become a statement piece. Timber is STRONG, withstanding the rigours of family life and will last for decades, with knocks, bumps and scratches only adding to its beautiful patina. Timber furniture can be restored and re imagined in a new way, making it adaptable to decorating trends, and able to withstand short-term fads. As a result of the durability of timber furniture, you can often find beautiful Timber items second hand, either having been lovingly restored, or needing a little bit of love and attention.

When considering furniture for your new build, re-think Timber – definitely an investment worth considering.

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