As we approach the end of the decade many of you must be thinking of changing their furniture, right? The hunt for perfect furniture is not easy as there is a massive amount of different types of woods to choose from. Do not worry, though. Allow us to solve your problem. Let’s go ahead and we will brief you about just the type of wood that is timeless, durable, and easy to maintain, does not shrink or bend and has a fine texture.
You might have guessed the type of wood we are talking about the Acacia wood. It is also known as mimosa, thorn tree, and wattle. Acacia wood is one of the best alternatives to the expansive teak solid wood due to its durability, strength properties, high water resistance, and solid characteristic. Due to all these advantages, homeowners and interior designers are singing the praises of acacia wood. There are a plethora of reasons why you should invest in acacia wood patio furniture. However, in order to make an informed decision keep reading…
Acacia wood outdoor furniture pros and cons
Before we hop onto our main discussion of today’s blog post let us look at some general features of the acacia wood. And talk about why does it stand out when it comes to outdoor furniture for a better experience.
Acacia wood is an exotic hardwood that has its own signature rustic appeal and affordability having a total of about one thousand and three hundred species of plants and shrubs. Acacia wood is usually found in Africa and Australia. However, some also grow in temperate or tropical regions of the world. The species of Acacia wood which is used to make furniture is Babul. It’s native to Africa, India, and the Middle East, and is an invasive species in Australia. The grain can vary between straight and wavy patterns, and the colors can vary from light amber to dark mahogany. Hence, no two acacia wood slabs are alike. The English Royal Navy used it as the primary building material for their legendary Ships-of-the-Line. The advanced acacia hulls allowed England to establish firm control over their colonies which strengthened its place as the key world power of the 18th century. Due to its many characteristics, acacia wood is used to make many other products as well such as:
- Bowls, canoes, and ukuleles, due to its natural resonance.
- Cabinets, carvings, joinery, and railroad ties.
- Flooring, parquet, stair rails, veneers, and wardrobes.
- Some species of acacia wood are grown into fat thorns, which are fashioned into jewelry, dolls, and other souvenirs.
Since now you have a fair idea about the acacia wood let’s look into its pros and cons.
Pros of acacia wood outdoor furniture
- Acacia wood as a whole and especially Babul, specie used to make furniture, has a naturally fine texture and gives a smooth finish.
- Acacia wood is highly scratch-resistant in comparison to other hardwoods.
- Affordability: There is a massive plantation of acacia wood in Asia and the Middle East, and is an invasive species in Australia. Therefore, the prices stay reasonable compared to other exotic hardwoods. This allows us to harvest the wood at a cheaper cost so we can pass those savings on to the consumers.
- Workability: Babul is not only easy to work with but also hardens appreciably after it is dried. This characteristic allows us to make pleasing acacia wood benches and buffets, dining tables, and state of the art side tables, without compromising the high quality of the furniture. Its workability even before drying is commendable and allows us to craft beautiful live edge pieces.
- Durability: The density and hardness of the acacia wood makes it the most appropriate material for heavy-use pieces such as dining tables and dining benches. Moreover, if the pieces are properly maintained, they can last decades.
- Sustainability: Acacia trees are one of the fastest-growing trees in the world. In fact, acacia trees grow up to three feet per year and can be ready to harvest in as little as five years. Furthermore, acacia trees are harvested after they have finished producing the sap used for Gum Arabic. Normally, this wood would either be burned or thrown into a wood chipper for the next planting. Therefore, it’s better to use left-over wood to construct furniture of all types.
- Termite resistance: The heartwood is also known as hardwood, is the hardest and oldest central part of a tree. This part of acacia wood is pest-proof and is found in a number of the woods like Acacia. So this is the reason it is termite resistant.
- Weight: Acacia wood furniture is lighter in weight than other solid hardwood furniture products.
- Finishing: As mentioned above acacia wood products come with a smooth finish which makes them a great choice for decorative craft and furniture.
- Moisture: The products have great moisture content which makes them last for many decades. This property of acacia wood also makes it perfect for outdoor patio furniture. The furniture made up of Acacia wood can literally last for decades.
Before we explore the other side of the story let us look into some other positive traits of acacia wood has as a construction material. Acacia wood has a very pleasing, mellow glow and is also rich in natural oils that help it stay rot-resistant. As acacia wood furniture can last for many years, it attains a beautiful dark gray, weather look as it ages.
Cons of acacia wood outdoor furniture
Now let’s tell you about the dark side of acacia wood and its disadvantages
- Weight: Although acacia wood slabs are not very heavy individually the acacia wood furniture itself is heavy. This makes it an unfavorable type of wood for furniture especially for the ones that need to be moved often.
- Maintenance: The maintenance of acacia wood is high as compared to aluminum and many other metal types of furniture and requires some fairly intensive care procedures. Since acacia wood furniture is too beautiful to paint over, the wood also requires weatherproofing.
- Availability: Acacia wood can be difficult to source than others like mahogany or teaks as it grows in natural habitats of Africa and Australia.
- Swelling: Acacia wood furniture, if left in rain or snow for many days, can cause the swelling and bulge on the furniture. Other than rain and snow, if you place the acacia wood in direct sunlight, it can cause fading and even cracking which makes it a poor choice for around fire pits or fireplaces. Extreme heat can also cause warping.
- Transportation: As acacia wood is considered exotic wood and not native to America or Europe, transporting the wood from Australia or Africa can also be very difficult. This makes acacia wood very expensive when compared to other hardwoods.
- Defects: Acacia wood comes with many defects. Since the acacia tree is shrubby with branches that are often twisted, almost every piece of the acacia has knots, stains, and other defects as well. You should also expect acacia to come with several different color variations or color contrast.
Tips and tricks to maintain your acacia wood outdoor furniture
- Wipe the furniture daily with a soft cloth. A slightly moistened cloth is advisable to ensure all dust stays on the cloth.
- Liquids like alcohol, deodorants, and perfumes will pull moisture from wood when left, causing cracking. Therefore, avoid exposing the wood to such liquids. Use placemats and coasters when resting drinks or hot dishes on the furniture.
- Place your acacia wood furniture carefully so that it is not in contact with direct sunlight or heat. (Avoid placing furniture next to fireplaces or radiators as this can cause warping).
- You definitely don’t want to scratch your acacia wood furniture. Hence, avoid all cleaning cloths with a rough surface rather wipe down periodically with a slightly damp or dry dust cloth.
- Do not use polish or cleaning products containing silicone, which can dry out natural wood over time. Furthermore, do not use detergents or any cleaning products that contain ammonia. These will take moisture out of the wood and wear down the finish much faster.
- Despite all the care and maintenance if a scratch does appear, use a touch-up marker to hide the scratch. However, before using the marker be sure to test the marker on an unseen part of the table to ensure that the marker matches the finish.
- Opt for acacia furniture that has water-based lacquer finish so that you do not have to worry about water spillage.
Now that you are aware of both the pros and cons of acacia wood furniture you are in a better position to make a decision that suits you. The acacia wood furniture pros and cons are many and worthy of any buyer’s attention before they pull their wallet out for buying the furniture. It is well worth looking at all of them before going headlong into buying furniture items that won’t give you lifelong satisfaction. Since acacia wood furniture will last for about fifty years and can truly stand for generations, you do not want to make a hasty decision.
I hope that you now have all the answers you wanted to know about acacia wood outdoor furniture with its pros and cons before buying it. If there is still anything I missed out or anything you want to let me know please do comment down below. I would be more than happy to respond to your query or suggestion. Stay safe stay blessed! ????