The Mercantile Rustic Furniture

The term rustic furniture covers a wide variety of designs and styles, but some general characteristics include a rough, unfinished look, use of natural wood and large blocks of them, and a general rustic and coarse feel to it. Which is to say that no matter what style is used, you cannot generally miss a piece of rustic furniture when you look at one. They have that old-worldly feel to them which will make you think that you are in a rustic or natural setup, maybe in a log cabin with a small fire lighted nearby and a sheepskin rug laid out in the floor in front! 

It is this natural look of rustic furniture that makes it so popular among many modern homeowners and subsequently, modern rustic furniture has built a niche for itself, catering to those who cherish adding a natural and folksy look to their homes. The most common types of woods that are used for making of rustic furniture are oak, aspen, pine, and maple. For fencing purposes, northern white cedar and western red cedar are most commonly used.

Methods of making rustic furniture

Rustic furniture is made in many different ways, with the manufacturers employing different sets of tools, materials, and processes for making the furniture. There are makers who prefer using only hand tools, thus manipulating the wood very little. These makers will also normally use mortise and tenon for the joinery of the pieces. However, there is another group of makers who will also use electric tools for shaping, cutting, and fastening of the furniture. Some makers will also work with a specific type of wood, using only basic tools such as hammers, saws, and nails to preserve that rough and coarse look. An oil table cloth over such a rustic furniture table, for instance, would look exquisite no matter what kind of setting it is placed in.

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Designs and styles

There are many varieties in designs and styles, but most of them can be divided up into two categories-- panel and slab. These are rather designs than styles. The basic styles include driftwood, freeform, bentwood, stick, slab, log, root and recycled wood. The factors that determine the design, style, and look of a particular kind of rustic furniture include material, dimension, environment, and anatomy.

The dimensional factor refers to the shape and design of the blocksunits of material. For example, slab style furniture would use big blocks or slabs of wood. On the other hand, a driftwood style would work with hardwood sticks and logs. So, in case of the latter, it is the dimensional factor which plays the most important determinant. The same with the bentwood style which works with sticks rather than large slabs. So, since this style works with a smaller diameter, the design and style of the furniture is made to comply with that basic factor. Then, again, there are styles where the anatomical factor takes precedence over the others. For example, in the root style, since the roots of the trees (anatomy) are used as primary material, the style and look is largely determined by this factor. The environmental factor also plays an important role in the driftwood style since the wood material here has a weathered look since they get exposed to water for a long time.