Last month we explored the increasing use of timber in our homes, and in particular what it is used for externally. With such a versatile material – and one that is sustainable when sourced properly – it is a great material with a wide variety of uses and applications. This month we focus on the inside of your home and consider the most common and best uses of it internally.
The versatility of timber
Timber comes in all sorts of textures and colours. Both hardwoods and softwoods are widely available on the market and both can be sustainable if you are careful what you choose and where you buy it from. If you missed our recent Guide to wood types article, here it is again to refresh your memory.
Indoor uses of timber
If we’re honest, the possibilities are almost endless! We take a look at the most common ones and those that we get asked about most often.
- Furniture. Think tables and chairs, shelving, bookcases, benches, bespoke furniture pieces that will stand the test of time and be passed down through the generations. Tables, chairs and benches could be for either inside and outside, as patio furniture. It could be fitted, tailored to precisely your requirements, or freestanding. Either way, wooden furniture adds an unparalleled elegance to your home and brings a warmth to it that no other material can come close to doing.
- Doors and window frames. At one time there was a move to uPVC or aluminium doors in the belief that they provided greater safety. That is no longer the case, with wood offering the same safety features as well as adding to the aesthetic of your home. It also allows for a greater variety of finishes and colours, blending seamlessly into your home’s design. The same can be said for timber window frames. No longer just for conservation areas or listed buildings, timber window frames offer comparable protection from the elements with double glazing and safety features and add some extra sophistication to your home.
- Wardrobes and storage space. Whether you need extra storage space for a growing family, clever storage in a smaller space or want to create something both beautiful and functional in your home, timber can help you do exactly that. Freestanding or fitted, wardrobes offer not only space to store your belongings, they can also be a thing of beauty themselves when designed well and in keeping with your space.
- Kitchens. Kitchens are where we spend a lot of our time – preparing and eating food or relaxing with friends and family. While they must be functional they can also be stylish, and a wooden kitchen ticks both boxes. Timber works for cabinets, islands and work benches as well as tables and chairs in a kitchen, and you can use it for as many or as few elements in your kitchen as you like.
Looking for some inspiration or want to add a little bit of elegance to your home? If you haven’t thought about using timber or can’t decide how to use it in your home talk to our Parsons Joinery team. We’re on 01273 814870 or at email@example.com to help with ideas or for a no-obligation quote.