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Winter or extreme weather changes can be tough on any type of wood. This isn’t because of the temperature, but it’s actually due to humidity. Wood acclimates to its environment and will expand and contract depending on the conditions it is exposed to and the humidity level. As the level of humidity in your home drops, the wood your furniture is made out of loses moisture. Like your hands, if wood gets too dry it will shrink and crack. Wood is very sensitive to changes in humidity and in your home the level of humidity is constantly changing, meaning your wood furniture is always expanding and contracting.
To prevent your wood furniture from cracking, warping, or drying out, please keep the following tips in mind:
  • Wood does best in moderate temperatures of around 70 – 72 degrees fahrenheit and about 50 – 55% humidity, so this is what we recommend keeping your home set to in order to keep your wood furniture in top condition.

  • Watch your humidity in your home and make sure your humidifier is working properly to prevent any and all issues, especially during the winter months.

  • Avoid frequent and sudden changes in humidity, as they can be damaging to furniture.

  • Don’t store wood furniture in the basement, attic, garage, or a warehouse, if at all possible, as this will cause it to age more quickly.

  • Avoid excess heat or dryness, as this can cause wood to split and crack.

  • Be sure to keep your furniture away from heat sources such as fireplaces or radiators.

  • In damp rooms or during wet, rainy seasons, use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.

  • Keep furniture out of direct sunlight.

  • Keep table leaves as close to your table as possible to ensure they are exposed to the same humidity conditions.

If you hear a creaking or popping noise, don’t be alarmed! It is normal for some noises to come from wood as it adjusts to temperatures and humidity levels. If you follow these tips and keep an eye on your wood furniture during the winter months, you should have no problem with your entertainments centers or any wood product.

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