UNDERSTANDING AND CARING FOR STICKLEY FURNITURE
Q: What is the benefit of solid wood furniture?
A: Solid wood furniture is often the preferred choice of fine furniture collectors due to its beauty, strength, ease of repair, and longevity. It is made from solid boards of the same species placed side-by-side and glued to create a table top, dresser top, side panels, etc. Stickley uses the widest boards possible, in fairly even widths, with well-matched grain patterns for the most appealing furniture. Using many narrow or varied-width boards is not attractive, and is usually an indicator of lesser-quality manufacture. Nearly all Stickley drawer fronts are crafted from a single board rather than multiple boards glued together. It is more labor-intensive to make our furniture this way, but we believe the beauty and integrity of the finished product is worth it. Please review the Stickley Construction Features for a full list of unique Stickley engineering.
Q: What is veneer?
A: Simply put, veneer is a thin slice of wood. Good veneers are approximately the thickness of a credit card. Some veneers can be as thin as a sheet of tablet paper. There are times when veneer construction is preferable to solid wood construction because of its versatility and resistance to expansion and contraction.
Q: What is 'wood movement' and how will it affect my furniture?
A: Solid wood expands and contracts because it is a cellular material which reacts to changes in humidity. Wood takes in moisture during the humid summer months and releases moisture in the dry winter months. It is impossible to completely prevent wood movement in solid wood furniture. We engineer our designs to allow for this natural phenomenon. Minor wood movement does not affect the structural integrity of the furniture, and is not considered a defect.
Q: How should I care for my Stickley wood furniture?
A: In general, caring for your Stickley furniture is as easy as light dusting and occasionally wiping with a slightly dampened soft cloth, and protecting it from damaging extremes. Please refer to our Stickley Care Guide for more advice on caring for your fine furniture. Specific care questions not answered there may be directed to our craftspeople via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.