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Obique Solid Pine Children’s Furniture
What is Pine Wood?
As you may already know, solid woods are classified as either hardwoods or softwoods. It’s important to know that the description is based on the tree’s foliage rather than the strength of the wood. While hardwood trees lose their leaves seasonally, softwood trees maintain their leaves year-round. Softwoods aren’t weaker than hardwoods. Softwoods come from coniferous trees such as cedar, fir, and pine and tend to be somewhat yellow or reddish. Because most coniferous trees grow fast and straight, softwoods are generally less expensive than hardwoods.
Pine is a softwood that’s grown and used worldwide. Usually pine wood is light coloured with a prominent grain and has knots that are much darker than the rest of the wood. Pine is very easy to work with and, because most varieties are relatively soft, it lends itself to carving.
Pine is by far one of the most used materials when it comes to wooden furniture for your home. This is because pine has so many great qualities that make it the perfect choice for home furnishing. Typically, pine is used to convey a sense of lightness and simplicity. Being a softwood, it is light and knotty, perfect for country style furniture or rustic style furniture.
Why Consider Pine Wood When Choosing A Furniture Item?
As stated before, pine furniture is less expensive than many other types of wooden furniture. It can be painted, stained or covered in a clear coat of varnish. Because of the wood’s noticeable grain and knots, each piece has an unique look. Pine furniture blends well with other woods, allowing the buyer to mix and match pieces. Pine furniture adds cosiness to a room, and the wood is ideal for rustic or English Country décor. Pine’s colouring keeps beds, tables, chairs and storage boxes from appearing heavy and stuffy. Unfinished pine furniture, which can be personalized by painting or stencilling, allows great flexibility in a child’s room, as the furniture can be refinished and repainted as the child’s tastes changes.
What to Look For?
As for every item on the today’s market, the quality of pine furniture can vary widely. Although pine is more pliable than most hardwoods, pieces can last for decades if they are constructed well. Knots should be expected and can be attractive in a piece of furniture, but watch out for knots that create a hole in the furniture. Too many knots can weaken the piece. Although pine is a sturdy wood, it can easily be dented and scratched. Like all woods, pine will warp when exposed to constant humidity or moisture.
Pine Wood Furniture From Obique
Our furniture is made in the EU to the highest quality standards from solid pine and varnished with hard wearing high gloss, child safe water based varnish, to enable easy cleaning. Our products are entirely child safe in regard to the materials and design of the product. All too often, cheap children’s furniture is available from suppliers in online market places, that has not been properly designed for children. Manufacturing children’s wooden items is not just about scaling adult furniture to the size required for children. Obique’s best practice approach to manufacturing children’s furniture starts with a design phase, that eliminates the dangers inherent in adult furniture, that could injure your children.
We believe that the critical areas in designing children’s furniture are:
- A solid, strong, sturdy construction to ensure stability;
- The elimination of pinch points to avoid injury;
- The elimination of scissor joints to avoid injury;
- The management of the weight of furniture components;
- The elimination of rough, sharp edges and corners to avoid injury.
Whilst designed for use in the home, the sturdy construction of our products ensures they are ideal for use in a commercial nursery or Kindergarten. Our beautifully made solid pine children’s furniture was designed to survive rough handling by smaller children and will last for decades.
Understanding Child Safe Coatings
Here at Obique, we take all the necessary precautions when designing and manufacturing furniture, so that it truly is child safe. From using water based paints and varnish, with no VOC (volatile organic compounds), to designing pinch free furniture with rounded edges, we always put children’s safety first.
Why should we always pay attention at the type of paint used on children’s products?
There is much to learn about the precautions you must take before buying anything for your home or nursery. As if the colour choices alone weren’t enough, you also have to take into account the dangers of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are found in paints.
Generally you can choose between two types of paints: water based and solvent based paints (or oil-based paints). Solvent based paint contains a significantly higher level of VOC than water based paint and these solvents are responsible for the strong odour noticeable in all products painted with such paint. The solvent based paint is used on a large scale because it’s cheaper than using a water based one.
So what are these VOC and what are they used for?
As previously stated, VOC stands for “Volatile Organic Compounds” and are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. One of the volatile compounds commonly found in paint is formaldehyde, which evaporates from paint at room temperature. Formaldehyde can cause nausea or skin irritation, leading in some cases to contact dermatitis. Also, benzene can cause cancer and other serious health related problems.
These VOC emit gases because of their volatile state at room temperature and these gases are emitted long after the paint is dry. For some paints, it has been reported that only half of their VOC are emitted in the first year.
What are the health implications from VOC exposure?
Exposure to VOC can lead to many health problems from very serious ones, like cancer, to headaches, irritation of the ears, nose and throat. In cases where they were ingested, VOC caused kidney and liver damage, but also affected the nervous system.
- Eye irritation – redness, itchiness and tearing;
- Allergy and asthma symptoms are worsening;
Ok, but when does it become dangerous to your children and what is the incidence?
Each person reacts differently and we have to take into account the fact that our children are more vulnerable because of the size of their developing bodies. Children are closer to the ground and they’re in contact with chemicals on the floor, carpet or furniture. They’re always sticking their hands in their mouths and eyes and in this process transferring any chemical residue they pick up. Also, it is known that kids breathe in more air per minute than adults. Without knowing, many well-meaning parents are exposing their children to high levels of VOC.
Whenever you buy something for your children, for their safety, look at the type of paint used and not just the price.
For 100% safe children furniture, see our whole range of products specially created for kids.
Why is Cindy on the floor?
Obique manufactures children’s toy dolls bunk beds and other dolls accessories.
How many times did you have this conversation with your child:
- Sweetie, why did you leave Cindy lying on the floor?
- Well, let me tell you what happened: I put her in the bed next to me when I went to sleep, and she must have gotten up to get a sip of water from the glass on the nightstand and fell to the floor…
- Really? She was thirsty then, was she?
- Yes, absolutely parched…
What’s that you say? Too many times to count? Look no further, we have the solution right here! With our Children’s Wooden Toy Pine Bunk Bed for Two Dolls With Mattresses and Pillows, your child will never forget to tuck the precious companions in at night.
The beloved dolls will be carefully placed in their own bed, right next to the child’s, so that they can all enjoy a good night’s sleep, after a day filled with tons and tons of fun and activities. The dolls will have a cushy time in the comfortable bed, which comes complete with mattresses and pillows.
Our Children’s Wooden Toy Pine Bunk Bed for Two Dolls With Mattresses and Pillows, fits two 36-cm (14-inch) dolls, has a sturdy construction and is very easy to assemble.
So, in order to solve the accommodation problems that your child’s dolls have, look no further and click here.