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In my time, I’ve seen a lot of pine wardrobes (and other different furniture pieces made from pine wood) get damaged or worn well before their time. It really pains me to see this happen. Pine is a great material for furniture – with the right finish, they can look absolutely fantastic and goes well with a lot of different decors around the house.

For me, the straw that broke the camel’s back is when I visited a friend’s home for a Christmas gathering. As I was heading to the restroom, I noticed a solid pine wardrobe sitting in the hallway. As it caught my eye, I stopped momentarily to appreciate the finer details of the surface. This is when I saw that one of the doors couldn’t quite close fully. The reason was because the wood had warped! On top of this, there were scratch marks in the corners near the bottom around the legs. After seeing this, I felt I should write this pine wardrobe guide to bring to the attention of you readers out there, on how to take better care of your wardrobe.

The explanation behind the warping of the wood was because of where the wardrobe was located. Firstly, the area wasn’t really well ventilated and moisture easily collected and stayed. Secondly, the wardrobe was in direct line of sight to a window and every day, the sun would shine light right through onto the wood surface (I don’t know why he didn’t have a curtain on the window). So the combination of both these factors over a long period of time led to the wood warping. Worst case scenario would be that the wood can also crack.

The scratching was a result from moving the furniture piece. This happened when he and wife moved into the house a few years back. He wanted to save money, so he and a buddy carried the wardrobe up the stairs themselves. Carelessness around the corners and along the steps left scars on the wood surface.

As you can see, the things I’ve listed here could have been easily prevented. Whether you have a stand-alone wardrobe or fitted wardrobes, you should take the necessary measures to prolong the life of the wood.


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