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The Beech Wardrobe

Beech is a very hard wood, often used to make furniture such as the beech wardrobe, chairs, flooring, children’s toys and kitchen cabinet doors. Its beautifully, light color makes it a very attractive choice if you are looking for a more lighter look furniture. There are many advantages to using beech for furniture, and some disadvantages also; as with any type of hard wood.  It is not recommended for outdoor furniture as the wood itself does not do very well in moist or humid settings, nor does it take well to changes in humidity. This should also be taken into account when thinking of purchasing a beech wardrobe. You may not want to do so if you live in a particularly humid area, unless you are able to keep your indoor humidity levels relatively stable.

A beech wardrobe can be a beautiful addition to any bedroom, as can a 3 shelf bookcase. The light color of the wood gives an uplift to the room and is especially helpful in bedrooms with smaller windows or rooms that do not receive a lot of natural daylight. It also matches well with any décor, due to it being light colored thus it looks perfectly acceptable in a room decorated with soft pastels or a room that is decorated with more bold color and design.

As with most hardwood furniture, beech ages very well. It has a natural appeal that does not diminish with age and time, providing the beech wardrobe is properly maintained and cared for.

It is not as commonly used as other woods for bedroom furnishings, mainly because craftsmen find that it is not as easy to work with due to the fact that it can warp fairly easily. Having said that, however, it is very easy to work against the grain, and when crafted properly can provide beautiful sleek curves and lines that are sometimes difficult to achieve with other woods.

A well made beech wardrobe will present clear solid lines. It gives a very clean presentation and is an odorless wood, which is a plus for people who are bothered by odors. It also means that there will be no trace of a wood smell in your room should it be closed up for any length of time. Some people prefer to have a wood odor in their rooms, but if you do not then this could be a good choice for you.

Another plus with beech wardrobes is that they will take a lot of wear and tear. Beech is a hard wood that is very durable. It is highly resistant to gouging, scratches and chipping. If you tend to use your wardrobe a lot you do not need to worry that the wood will become easily damaged. This is partly because beech is a very hard grained wood, that not only withstands a lot of wear and tear but also is great for withstanding shocks or bumps. It also makes it perfect if you store heavier items, such as suitcases, in or on top of your wardrobe. In short, it is also perfect for storage.

Buying a Beech Wardrobe

You will find many stores that carry wood furniture will also have a selection of beech furniture, including beech wardrobes for sale. You may even be able to find a matching set of a beech closet, beech dresser, beech bed and even a beech chest. If you are looking for cheap beech wardrobes you may want to check out the selection available at stores such as Ikea. If you want to buy a beech wardrobe Ikea has several available including the Aneboda beech wardrobe.  An Ikea beech wardrobe will cost you less, probably, than one bought from a furniture store that sells hand-crafted or specially designed furniture.

If you cannot afford a solid beech wardrobe, you may instead be interested in adding beech wardrobe doors and using some other material for the remainder of the wardrobe. Whatever you end up purchasing, a beech wardrobe with mirror and matching beech bedroom furniture really is a great set for any bedroom.

How to Protect Your Beech Wardrobe

There are many different finishes for wood, but one that has been used for many years which is still quite popular is using linseed oil. This oil is not ideal for some woods, such as oak or walnut, but it is great for finishing beech wood. It does not give the wood a shine or polish like lacquer does but it rather soaks into and hardens the wood, offering even more protection and durability to the wardrobe.

If you wardrobe is already finished and you are happy with what you have you may not want to try this. But if you have an older piece of furniture that is in need of a bit of a pick-me-up, this could be your solution.

Here is a step by step guide:

  • Sand down the wardrobe. Use a fairly light sandpaper and remember to sand with the grain not against or across the grain. For this reason it is usually best to sand the piece down by hand rather than by using an electric sanding machine. It will take time, yes. But the finished product will be well worth all effort put into it.
  • Mix equal parts of linseed oil and turpentine in a can or jar. Using a paintbrush, apply this mixture to your beech wardrobe. Once the wardrobe is covered with the mixture wait for about thirty minutes. Then put on another application of the mixture of linseed oil and turpentine. You will note, after each application that the oil mix soaks down into the wood. It is almost as if the wood is soaking it up.  You will probably have to do this quite a few times with beech wood as it really does absorb a lot.
  • When you notice that the oil is no longer soaking into the wood but is staying on the surface, your restoration is almost complete. You should then take a soft, lint free cloth and wipe the excess oil left on the surface off. There will not be much of a film left on the wardrobe, but that is fine.
  • Now you need to wait for the oil to harden and dry. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on external conditions. Needless to say, it dries much faster during summer when the air is hot and dry. Working in a humid atmosphere will cause delays.
  • The next step is sand the wardrobe down again with a fine grain sandpaper, wipe off any dust left from the sanding and then apply the oil mixture again. Wait for a few minutes and then wipe off excess oil with a lint free cloth. Let the oil dry again, and then repeat this last procedure, both sanding and oiling, until the wardrobe is how you would like it to be.

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