Verty Indian Furniture Blog

  • How to Choose the Best Sized Sideboard for a Dining Room

    A dining room is a place for entertainment and feasting. It should be pleasing to the eyes, as it will affect the way you and guests feel when in the room. The more beautiful it appears, the more you and your guests will enjoy themselves.

    One way that people improve the appearance of their dining room is using a sideboard. This sideboard is used to store dining room items such as platters, silverware, and more. It’s also a beautiful décor item.

    What are Sideboards?

    Sideboards often come with two doors that open out. This enables you to have full access to the shelves. Some also come with a drawer, which enables you to store additional items that do not fit well in the main part of the sideboard. The way the doors and possible drawers are positioned depends on the size.

    Choosing a Sideboard

    Since dining rooms vary in size, so do sideboards. When shopping for them, you’ll notice there are three sizes: small, medium, and large. To know which size to purchase, consider the size of the dining room. If you have a dining set for four people, it’s likely you’ll find the small sideboard a good choice. If you have a dining set that seats six, you may want to purchase the medium. If your dining set is for eight people, the large should fit perfectly in the room.

    You should also consider the amount of items you’d like to store. You may have a small dining set, but if you have many items you’d like to store out of sight, you may want to choose the medium sideboard, as long as it fits in the room. The same goes for having a medium size dining set, and a large sideboard would work better for you.

    As you’re still thinking about the size of the sideboard for your dining room, you should also consider what it’s made out of. When you choose for example this sheesham sideboard, you end up with one of the strongest woods possible for furniture. This means that it will last decades because it resists damage and wear and tear.

     

    Another type of wood that’s considered durable is mango wood, which produces a sideboard that’s a bit more dark than the sheesham (see the dakota mango sideboard on the left). If you’re looking for a lighter colour with the strength of the darker woods, you may want to look at the acacia wooden sideboards. They come in a light colour, and they are just as strong and sturdy as the others are.

     

    Start Shopping for a Sideboard or Two

    Many people don’t settle for just one sideboard, they end up buying two of them. Sometimes, they have more items than one sideboard can hold, and other times, they want to balance out their dining room with a sideboard on each side. Whether you’re interested in buying one or two sideboards, consider Verty Furniture when seeking durable, eco-friendly, quality furniture. With many sideboards available to fit any style and size, it’s likely you’ll find the perfect one for your home.

  • 5 Creative Ways to Use Cube Tables in a Living Room

    Cube tables are more versatile than you might think. While you may just see three tables stuck inside one another, other people have seen them as endless possibilities for décor, entertaining, and storage. Knowing what you could use cube tables for could make you want to have them in your home.

    Use as End Tables

    The most practical use for cube tables is as end tables. Placing one table on each side of a couch provides you and your guests a place to set a drink, snack, or just a decorative item. It adds a comfortable feel to a living room because it gives people a chance to sit back and relax without having to worry where to put what they are holding.

    Use as a Plant Stand

    Plants in a home give off oxygen, which is healthful. They are also beautiful and make a home inviting. Many times, small plants can be difficult to place in a home because they need to be perched on top of a table. This is where cube tables come in. Many people use the cube tables as plant stands. You can place the cubes in many areas of the home, and securely place a plant or two on top of it. They are mobile too. If you decide you want to put your plant next to a window for some sunshine, simply pick up the cube and place it near the window. When the sun is gone for the day, simply pick the cube up to place it where it was before.

    Use as a Game Table

    Cube tables make the perfect game tables. You can separate them and give one cube to each couple of players. Place the game board on the cube, and your guests can have a lot of fun playing on them. If you have children, using the cube tables as game tables will come in handy.

    Store with Cubes

    When you separate the cubes, you will see that they provide a spacious cubbyhole to place items inside of them. So, not only can you use the top to display treasures, but you can also use the inside to store such items as newspapers, magazines, books, and more.

    Decorate with Cubes

    Octane One Cube Table Octane One Cube Table

    The cubes in cube tables can be arranged in dozens of ways. You can arrange them side by side against the wall for a dramatic look. You can place them on top of each other in a corner for a unique bookcase. You can also stack them as a pyramid. Playing around with the cube could result in an attractive, fun, new design for your living room that you never considered before. See for example the octane cube tables of the photo.

     

    Endless Possibilities with Cubes

    These are just some of the many ways you can use cube tables. When you purchase some of your own, it’s likely you’ll come up with many more ideas that will spark the curiosity of guests, be conversation starters, and may even elicit more cube lovers who want to have some for their home.

  • What You Might Not Know About Acacia Wood

    Furniture shoppers often seek acacia wood. Some don’t even know the benefits of the wood. They just know that it looks pretty. Luckily, they end up making a good choice because acacia wood is one of the best types of wood you can buy for furniture.

    About Acacia Wood

    Acacia wood has been around since biblical times and long before it. It’s believed that acacia wood was used to construct the Tabernacle and Ark of Covenant because it was virtually indestructible.

    Many people know acacia wood as “thorntree,” “whistling thorn,” or “wattle.” While many of the varieties in Africa do not contain many thorns, the ones in Australia are quite thorny.

    The acacia bears pods, which releases tannins. In the past the tannins were used for medicinal purposes and as a preservative for food.

    It’s believed that the acacia has been around for more than 20 million years. There are fossilized charcoal deposits that appear to have parts of the tree preserved in them. The charcoal suggests that the trees may be fire resistant, and the trees may have started spreading when Australia went through periods of dryness and fires. These trees in Australia are known as wattles. The Acacia melanoxylon from Australia is the species most known for furniture.

    Acacia Melanoxylon and Furniture

    Acacia melanoxylon grows to a great size quickly. When cut, the wood has a high polish, and it has a sweet smell to it.

    It’s a sustainable wood because once cut, another one can be planted, and the tree’s rapid growth decreases the likelihood of running out of them. Many people purchase furniture made of acacia wood for this reason.

    Depending on how the wood is finished, it can look light or dark. For example, if it has a lime wash, the furniture appears smooth and the wood grain patterns are remarkable. It’s also possible to have mahogany colored finish, which makes it dark. This isn’t as readily available, but can be found.

    Acacia Dining Table - Small with 4 Chairs Acacia Dining Table - Small with 4 Chairs

    Acacia wood is great for furniture for the bedroom, dining room, and living room. It’s also good for shelving because it can withstand the demands of weighted objects.

    Many people think that acacia furniture is expensive, but that is not the case. It can actually be purchased for a reasonable price, as long as you purchase it from a trustworthy seller. Many people marvel at the quality they receive in relation to the money they spend.

    Another misconception about acacia furniture is that it’s hard to care for it. That is not true. As long as you wax the wood as directed when purchasing the furniture, it will keep its natural shine and  refrain from cracking. Keep in mind that if you purchase a finished acacia wood furniture piece, waxing is not recommended.

    If you’re looking for furniture that is heavy, strong, and resistant to wear and tear, acacia wood furniture can meet your needs. Once you see the beauty of the wood grains, and the sturdiness of the wood, you’ll realize the value of this furniture.

    Image: http://vertyfurniture.co.uk/metro-small-dining-table-with-4-chairs.html

  • The Benefits of Solid Wood Blanket Boxes

    People have used blanket boxes for centuries. At one time, they were a family’s most prized possession, as it was beautiful and useful. It also used to be the one suitcase people used to travel with on boats. Due to its space and compact size, people would place all of their belongings inside and simply have it carried right on the vessel they’d be riding. It was easy, and they knew that the box would be strong enough to endure the travel.

    The Versatility of a Blanket Box

    While many people used the blanket boxes specifically for blankets, some did use it to store other items such as books, toys, clothes, and electronic devices. It seemed like over the years, as people turned away from collecting beautiful quilts and blankets, they started to change what they stored in blanket boxes.

    How Long Blanket Boxes Last

    It’s a good thing people became creative with blanket boxes because they are long lasting. Blanket boxes made of solid wood can last for thousands of years. The oldest known blanket box is from the 17th century. It’s being auctioned off at $1800 at the Thomaston Auction Galleries.

    As solid wood blanket boxes age, they don’t lose their natural wood appearance. Knicks and scratches become part of the wood, and often times, unnoticeable. They blend into the wood’s grains. Besides the fact, that solid wood furniture is also resistant to most types of damage that can ruin other types of blanket boxes such as plastic, metal, and plywood.

    The Best Type of Blanket Box

    Wooden Blanket Box Solid wood blanket box

    Although blanket boxes can be made out of plastic, metal, and plywood, nothing is quite as beautiful and durable as a solid wood one. There’s nothing like opening the box to smell the fresh wood giving you the feel that your blankets or other items are well preserved inside. That’s also a benefit of using quality solid wood versus plywood, plastic, or metal. It keeps blankets and other linens fresh. When you use plastic or metal, moisture can seep in, and what’s inside can become mildewed.

    Other types of blanket boxes can also look worn and fall apart much faster. Many people use blanket box as not only a storage spot, but also a piece of furniture at the foot of the bed. They use it to sit on to put on shoes or just talk on the phone. Sitting on metal would be cold, and sitting on plastic could crush the top of the box. Solid wood blanket boxes are sturdy, and can withstand the weight of someone sitting on it, and it’s comfortable. This is especially true if a small cushion is placed on the top, as many people decide to do to further decorate it.

    Solid Wood Blanket Boxes for Beauty, Durability, and Storage Versatility

    If seeking a blanket box you’ll be able to pass down throughout generations in your family, choose a solid wood one. You’ll be able to store as many items that will fit inside, they will be preserved for as long as you need them to, and you’ll be able to gaze at its beauty for as many years as you’d like to before passing it on.

    Image: http://vertyfurniture.co.uk/cube-sheesham-blanket-box.html

  • The Difference Between Mango Wood and Sheesham Wood Furniture

    When shopping for furniture, you may notice that there are two popular types of solid woods: mango and sheesham. Many people will wonder what’s the difference besides the obvious differences in the appearance of the woods. Before you decide on whether you should purchase mango or sheesham wood, consider the differences explained here.

    Characteristics of Sheesham Wood

    Sheesham Tree

    Sheesham wood, or also known as Indian rosewood, is found in India. The trees grow for as long as 22 years, and they can reach to as much as 30 meters tall. The diameter of the trees can be as wide as 1.5 meters. These large trees produce wood that’s heavy and dense. It has superior strength, which makes it a high quality wood for fine furniture. Upon collection, the wood is polished, which leaves behind a smooth surface that is attractive. The natural marking of the wood makes every piece of furniture made from sheesham wood unique.  Many people who consider buying sheesham wood furniture pieces do so because it’s high quality and has a rich chestnut colour and rustic appearance.

    Examples of Sheesham Wood Furniture

    Three Drawer Bedside Table From Sheesham Wood

    This three drawer bedside table is made of sheesham wood. As you can see in the image, it has a rich honey stain with natural Indian rosewood tree markings throughout. With its light and dark features, it complements many decors. It’s solid wood gives it that strong and durable appearance.

     

    Sheesham Cube TV Video Cabinet

    This sheesham cube TV video cabinet has the same rich honey finish with natural markings as the bedside table. With this image though, you can see how versatile the wood can be to make beautiful furniture pieces for your home. This cabinet not only has two shelves to place media units on, but it also has four drawers for hidden storage too. With the solid woods strength and resistance to damage, it makes it perfect to place a large television on without fear of its ability to endure the weight.

    Characteristics of Mango Wood

    Mango Tree

    Mango wood comes from Southern Asia, although it’s believed to have originated in India. The trees grow to as tall as the Indian rosewood of 30 meters feet with a diameter of up to 1.5 meters.  Since this tree produces nutritious fruit (mangos) it is allowed to live fruit bearing life, and it’s not until it stops producing that it’s cut down and used for timber.

    Mango wood is also strong and durable, but it has the added quality of being highly resistant to water. It’s not as heavy has sheesham wood, which is a benefit for those wishing to move furniture occasionally. People who choose mango wood for furniture like the greenish brown color and the course texture of it. They also admire the design work because since mango wood is cut and shaped easily, some manufacturers carve exquisite designs in the wood.

    Examples of Solid Mango Wood Furniture

     Dakota Mango Three Drawer Bedside Table

    This Dakota mango three drawer bedside table features mango wood in all its beauty. It’s been finished with a deep walnut colour, and as you can see from the image, it’s sturdy and highly attractive.

     

     

    Mango Wood Plasma Media Unit

    This plasma media unit made of mango wood is powerful enough to hold up a television that can be quite heavy. It boasts two drawers at each end to accommodate media supplies. The deep walnut colour will match most other furniture and décor in any room.

     

    Deciding on Sheesham Wood or Mango Wood

    Both of these woods are hardwoods and they are strong, durable and beautiful. However, if you want a smooth finished wood with natural marking in a chestnut colour, sheesham wood should be your choice. If you want solid wood furniture that is lighter, water resistant, and carved intricately, mango wood is what you should look for when shopping. By choosing either one, you’ll be pleased with the life you’ll get with them, so you can enjoy them for decades.

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