In the construction of Next furniture, we employ a wide variety of materials and finishes offering you a wide choice. This guide should help you to make a decision about which product is most suited to your needs.
We make use of a range of finishes on Next furniture which each offer their own characteristic look and has different care requirements. On solid and veneered wood we use oil, wax, lacquer and paint, or possibly a combination of these. A lacquered finish is the easiest to care for, only requiring a regular dusting and sticky marks are easily removed. Waxed and oiled finishes show off the grain of the wood to full effect and give a more natural finish. However, they require more care to keep the wood in optimum condition. Paint is usually used when an even flat coloured surface is required, but is sometimes used to give a distressed antiqued effect.
Wood is a beautiful natural material and Next use a variety of solid natural woods in many of its furniture products. When buying a piece of furniture made from solid wood it is important to remember that wood is a natural product. The most obvious characteristic of wood is the grain pattern - this can be along the length of a tree and branches, burrs and age will cause variances. Some species such as Oak which can have visible white markings within the grain known as medullary rays. Colour variation within a single piece is natural as different parts of the wood will absorb more stain or oil than others. It is also natural for the colour of the wood to mellow and mature with age. For this reason it is important to regularly move any objects which are kept on the surface to prevent localised colour differences. It is also necessary to protect wood from excessive heat and moisture as this can cause movement resulting in splitting or warping. Wooden furniture is an investment and by following the care advice included with the product you will ensure that it continues to look at its best.
Manmade boards are ideal construction materials used to achieve a smooth flat base on which to apply paint or veneer. They are less prone to warping, splitting and expanding when temperature and humidity vary. The boards used in some Next products are Chipboard,MDF, Hollowboard and Plyboard.
Veneer is a thin layer laminated to another material, they can be natural wood veneers or synthetic veneers and they allow effects that cannot be achieved with solid wood. Wood veneers are very thin layers of real wood usually used on chipboard to provide the appearance of a solid wood panel, or to another wood as a decorative finish. They allow a closer grain match than natural wood, but are still a natural product. Synthetic veneers are paper of pvc foils which can be plain or printed with a grain to look like a real wood. These are often used on back panels and drawer bases. Synthetic veneers have a consistent colour and pattern therefore there will be very little colour variance between pieces.
Looking after your furniture
- When moving furniture do not drag it as this can cause damage to the joints.
- Protect corners and edges from knocks and scratches when being moved.
- Do not place in excessively hot or humid conditions, for example in direct sunlight or next to a radiator.
- Always use mats and coasters to protect from the heat and moisture created by food and drinks. Clear spillages immediately.
- Follow the care instructions included with the product.