Ideal environment for wood furniture

Rustic furniture wood crack

There are 2 environmental elements to consider before you consider buying wood furniture in order for it to stay beautiful for the long term,  those are temperature and humidity.  Wood is very sensitive to changes in relative humidity. As the weather changes, so does the relative humidity in your home and in the moisture content of the wood in your furniture.

This means that furniture is constantly expanding and contracting.

  • Wood does best in moderate conditions of around 21°C-22°C and a relative humidity of about 50-55%.
  • Frequent and sudden changes in relative humidity are especially bad.
    • If exposed to relative humidity in excess of 70%, furniture and finishes can crack when the humidity level drops suddenly and the piece contracts.
    • And relative humidity below 30% for extended periods of time will dry out the wood again leading to cracking.
  • Wood is most likely to crack when the climate in a home suddenly changes from hot and humid to cool and dry.
  • Use a humidifier in winter and an air conditioner in summer for best results.
  • Furniture ages more quickly if stored in a basement, attic, garage or warehouse.
  • Excess heat and dryness can cause wood to split and crack.
  • Place furniture away from all heat sources, in front of radiators, heat runs or fireplaces, if possible.
  • If you must put furniture near an air duct, use a shield or guard plate to direct heat away.

The furniture found on this website is suited for indoor use only as our climatic conditions in North America are a little too extreme.


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