The Beauty of an Antique Wooden Chest

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Drawers and chests are probably one of the most popular forms of storage used in today's homes and offices. They come in a wide variety of styles that can complement practically any kind of room. But one of the most popular and well-loved designs out in the market today is the antique wooden chest.

Antique wooden chests are very popular pieces mainly because of their unique kind of style that can easily become the focal point of any room. They are usually made out of pine, walnut, oak, mahogany or any type of high quality wood.

The huge difference between a modern wooden chest and an antique wooden chest is that the former is usually made up of chipboards - small pieces of wood that are glued together to form a single ply of wood. Modern chests are usually sold in stores, unassembled and are put together with screws and adhesives.

Antique pieces on the other hand, are almost always made out of real, solid wood. Most of them are carved and designed by hand, and separate wood pieces are assembled together with the use of joints and pegs - which are much stronger and durable.

However, genuine antique wooden chest pieces can also be a bit pricey. This is because antiques can increase its value over time - the older the pieces are, the more expensive they become. So if you are planning to invest in genuine antique wooden chests, then do your homework and teach yourself how to spot a genuine antique piece from the fake ones.

When shopping, one of the very first things that you should look into is the history of your antique piece - what era and what country it claims to come from. There are actually certain kinds of woods that are popular during certain eras within certain countries. This kind of information can help you validate the authenticity of the piece.

However, a genuine antique wooden chest also needs special attention as well. Wood can be very vulnerable to fluctuating temperature, humidity and even sunlight. Thus, you need to invest in a little more time and money for maintenance. As mentioned before, antique becomes more valuable over time so it's very important that you keep these pieces in tip-top shape if you want to keep or increase its value.

Still, there are also some antique wooden chest pieces sold in shops and in yard sales that are not as expensive. Most of these chests may not be at their best conditions but there are now people who can restore these pieces for you at a fairly affordable price.

For those who cannot afford to spend on a genuine antique wooden chest, one very good alternative that you can make is to simply make one for yourself. There are simple techniques that you can use to give modern chests that beautiful antique feel. They may not be as valuable as the real piece, but with the right technique, you can easily create for yourself a chest that looks as charming and as beautiful as the real thing.

So if you are looking for timeless and functional pieces that you can use to decorate your space, getting an antique wooden chest is probably one of the best choices to make.

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Dunleith Designs and Antiques is a shop for discerning, quality conscious buyers of antique wooden chest.

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This article was published on 2011/06/30