Adding timber furniture to your home can completely transform your space – but the questions is, where do you start? There are so many types of timber and different features you can add to enhance your home. This can make it seem overwhelming. That’s why Timber 2 U Direct have put together a guide to incorporating timber into the home and what pieces of décor are available to you.
Wooden work tops
For a raw and rustic feel to your kitchen, try adding some timber worktops and surfaces. The talking point of any kitchen, these unique worktops are visually stunning. There are many types of wood available for this type of project; oak timber is usually the most popular choice. Other woods are available, such as, iroko, ash or beech. Just ensure the material is a hardwood and not a softwood; softwood is not suited to the amount of wear and tear a kitchen surface will sustain. The worktops will need coating with an oil protectant to make them resistant to water and bacteria. Three coats of the protectant should be applied and then another after the first six weeks to ensure maximum protection. The only thing this coating won’t protect your worktops from is heat, and so caution should be taken with hot pans and other heat related equipment within the kitchen.
Internal panelling provides an aesthetic feature within your home, bringing an old wall to life. Every panel of timber is different so your wall will be entirely unique! The panelling also doesn’t have to be constrained to a wall – you can even panel your ceiling. Your cladding can be contemporary or period, depending on the style of your home or room. As always, there are so many options to choose from and, unlike external panelling, there’s no need to worry about choosing a wood that is resistant to the elements. Softwoods are often used for internal panels as they are easy to paint. Some may prefer to use a hardwood due to the natural and attractive grain within the wood. Either option is viable – there is no right or wrong answer, it is up to personal preference and what matches your aesthetic.
Wooden flooring has been around for centuries and is a frequent choice for flooring in homes these days. Over the years, the many types of wooden flooring have developed, each with their advantages and disadvantages. Laminate timber flooring is most common. This is a compressed fibreboard plank that is covered with an image of wood and a protective overlay. It is the cheapest wood flooring option out there and is the best wood when you aren’t looking to spend much when incorporating timber into your home. Some laminate wood flooring can be suitable for bathrooms and kitchens if protected with a water seal. Solid wood flooring is a more expensive option, and the panels are quite thick. It has a classic, traditional feel but may shrink in damp conditions and may need to be glued or nailed down making it hard to install.
Whether it’s to protect your walls or just for aesthetic purposes, skirting boards are a great addition to any home. Medium density fibreboard (MDF) skirting is made of excess hardwood and softwood fibres, combining the strength and flexibility of both types of wood. This makes it the most popular choice as it does not warp under heat, and it is highly durable. There are also skirting board options that are made of just hardwood or softwood. Hardwood has a visible grain and is resistant to water, scratches, and knocks, but softwood is the cheaper, more affordable option.
Looking for ways to add character to your home? Wooden doors do just the trick. Whether you are looking for a rustic look or a sleek appearance, a wooden door can provide the perfect solution. These wooden timber doors can be placed on bedrooms, kitchens and other rooms and don’t have to be a generic hinge-operating door. Adding bi-folding doors or a sliding wooden door can really open your living space and expand a room. The best timber for your wooden doors is hardwood due to the sturdiness. Hardwood doors may also be known as engineered wood doors and are built with a strong core to ensure the best durability and insulation.
Oak beds add grandiosity to any bedroom, acting as a feature piece. As something people spend 1/3 of their lives in, a bed should be something you take time choosing – why settle for less than an oak frame? Comparing it to pine, oak is more durable and lasts longer. It is also an easier wood to look after and considering you spend a considerable amount of time in bed, the material of your frame needs to withstand wear and tear. Oak frames come in all kinds of types including four poster beds, sleigh beds or just a standard bed frame, making them suitable for any bedroom within your house.
Timber supplies for your home
Now you have many options to choose from, you need to source your timber. Timber 2 U direct, the online trading arm of Brooks Bros LTD, supply made-to-measure timber across the UK for any project. Just order your timber online and we will deliver it directly to your door so you don’t need to worry about transporting it; you can get started as soon as possible with transforming your home!
The journey to adding timber to your home starts here, so what are you waiting for? Browse our varied selection of timber and get ordering today by getting in touch with our team. If you have any further questions about what timber is best for your project, don’t hesitate to call us on 0115 993 1111.