Wooden Beds

Written by Sierra Rein
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When it comes to choosing a particular look or style, wooden beds are the most versatile. Wood can be carved, cut, and shaped into the most intricate or the most simple of designs. It has the ability to be stained, sanded, and painted in a limitless array of hues, colors and designs. Wooden beds are often the most economical, and are the easiest to re-decorate to fit more modern schemes.

There are many different types of wooden beds, from large king- and queen-sized beds to children's bunk beds. Beds made of solid, heavy wood (like cherry, mahogany or oak) are usually more expensive than those made of lighter woods (cedar, ash, and balsa). To make the design process easier, most large-scale furniture manufacturers offer customers the choice to purchase entire bedroom sets, which often include matching wooden dresser drawers, mirrors, side tables, and boudoirs.

Proper Care and Maintenance of Wooden Beds

Unfortunately, wooden beds can fall apart over time. Care must be taken to perform proper maintenance on a biannual basis. This maintenance can include analyzing all screws and joints, oiling springs, polishing wood, and re-gluing any noticeable cracks. Energetic jumping from children invariably causes quicker wear and tear; thus, all wooden children's beds, bunk beds, and cribs should be examined thoroughly and often.

However, a wooden bed with moderate to severe structural damage should never be slept in until it is professionally fixed. Most of the time, it is more cost-efficient to purchase a brand new wooden bed than fix an old, worn out one. On the other hand, expensive or antique beds are usually worth repairing, especially if there is a sentimental or resale value on a specific piece.

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