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How to pick the right furniture
Whether you are into the classic, vintage, rustic or contemporary style, choosing the right furniture shouldn't be only about your style and the beauty of the pieces. Elements such as construction, durability and high-quality materials are also important. After all, you want the furniture to stand the test of time. But why go for the factory, mass-produced items that look the same and have little to no character and charm when you can opt for a carpenter who uses his skills and artistry combined with advanced woodworking material and tools to transform any piece of wood into a unique, custom-made item? Whether you are after bedroom sets and wardrobes, wall units or vanity units, a carpenter can certainly provide you with bespoke handmade furniture.
Where to find a furniture maker
The woodworking industry in Malta and Gozo includes carpenters who typically work independently from a small workshop found within the garage of their house. Others whose trade and expertise has been passed on from one generation to the next, usually operate a larger, family-run business. Both can produce any type of house-related custom woodwork, stairways, as well as outdoor furniture, external and internal doors and wooden apertures just as furniture stores, however, a carpenter can take longer to have a piece completed.
Once you have selected a carpenter, it is best to set up an appointment to discuss the type of furniture you would like him to make. The carpenter can help you plan and design it, while he can provide valuable information when it comes to materials. For optimal results, go for a carpenter whose woodwork appeals to your taste, however, you also need to ensure that he is a professional who can follow your requests to a tee and that he will deliver what has been promised in a timely manner.
The best materials and fittings
Most carpenters will have a variety of different materials and finishes you can choose from, whereas others will happily try to source the wood of your preference if it's not available. One of the most popular types of wood is the solid variety, typically imported from forests located in all corners of the world and may include oak, beech, cherry, American walnut and pine to name a few. Veneer, on the other hand, comes in either its solid or engineered variety and is the ideal type of wood if you are after a contemporary, minimalist look. Other types of wood include laminate and lacquered. Available in various colours and textures, laminate is a high density, man-made product that is printed to look like it has wood grain, whereas, lacquered wood, otherwise known as HDF (High-Density Fiberboard) can be sprayed in any colour you wish and can be either high gloss, semi-matte or completely matte. Both types of wood are cheaper than solid and veneer, however, they are as equally durable and resistant to scratches, moisture and the typical wear and tear that comes with time. Apart from the type of wood, you must also take into consideration the fittings, hardware and any other accessories needed for your furniture. Here again, it is best to select quality certified products that will last for years to come.
Carpentry and Joinery
Carpenters can, very often, act as joiners too. A joiner constructs the wooden components of furniture and other items such as stairs, doors and window frames by joining pieces of wood together and is particularly skilled at creating lighter and more ornamental pieces than a carpenter. Although in essence, they are different specialisms within the same craft, in Malta there is little distinction between the two disciplines.
Apart from creating and installing custom-made furniture like kitchen cabinets, both carpenters and joiners can help with home improvement by repairing frameworks, structures and any other items made out of wood. In addition, carpenters do not only undertake domestic projects but may also take on large-scale commercial and industrial jobs.