Why Buy Furniture Online?

Are you on the hunt for top-quality, solid wood furniture for home or office? In the old days, this meant driving around from store to store, fighting traffic and dealing with hordes of people in busy shopping centres. But no more! Now, you can shop for furniture online and in peace. Out of Wood may be based in Margate, on the KZN South Coast, but now our ecommerce store allows folks all around the country to purchase our good solid wood furniture. Our online furniture store allows customers to:

  • Access our store 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Shop from the comfort of their home
  • Get great furniture at the best possible prices
  • Have furniture delivered to site
  • Save on fuel!

Buying furniture online has never been easier. Simply:

  • Browse our products by category and select the item of furniture which grabs your fancy
  • Select ‘add to cart’
  • Choose from our many sizing options and select the quantity of items you desire
  • Select ‘add to cart’
  • Select ‘checkout’ and your order will be processed.

Happy online furniture shopping!

What is an Ottoman?

So called because they were introduced to Europe from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in the 1800s, Ottomans are low, rectangular wooden chests with storage space, but also with a padded lid to provide seating space.

Ottomans were originally used as bedroom furniture, often as the room’s focal piece. Placed at the foot of the bed, they were used to store blankets and linen. Over the years, they’ve reduced in size and nowadays, Ottomans are a versatile piece of furniture. In addition to being useful for de-cluttering your bedroom, you can also use your Ottoman as…

A footstool – place your Ottoman a comfortable distance from your favourite sofa and use it to rest weary legs whilst enjoying a cuppa or watching TV. Keep the living room tidy by placing magazines and books inside it.

A toy box – use a wooden Ottoman in your children’s nursery or bedroom to store toys and games.

A coffee tableusing an Ottoman as a coffee table is bang on trend. If yours has a padded lid, do place a large tray on the Ottoman to keep tea and coffee pots and cups stable.

Cast your eye over our range of stylish solid wood Ottomans.

What is a Sleigh Bed?

Sleigh beds quite literally resemble snow sleighs – with a high curved headboard and a lower curved footboard. These wooden beds originated in the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome and enjoyed immense popularity in France and North America during the Victorian era when grand homes were decorated in an ornate classical style. Napoleon is credited with popularising the sleigh bed in nineteenth century France – legend has it he required all the beds he slept in to be made in this style. The French trend caught on in America, and the sleigh bed – also sometimes referred to as the French bed – quickly became a status symbol amongst the wealthy élite. Today, wooden sleigh beds are once again sought after in stylish homes – they lend a sophisticated and luxurious feel to the bedroom, whilst still being versatile enough to work in a setting of traditional or contemporary styling.

Sleigh beds work best in solid wood of the very highest quality. Out of Wood manufactures five different sleigh bed designs – each one fit for a king!

The Allure of the Four-Poster Bed

There’s something quite appealing about a four-poster bed – no other style of bed conjures up quite the same romantic, olde worlde charm. In Medieval England, a solid wood four-poster bed was the ultimate status symbol – considered the most important item of furniture in a home, the better the wood out of which the bed was made and the more well-crafted and ornate it was, the more well-off the landlord. In those days, the four posts extending from each corner of the bed were more than aesthetic, however – they were functional, too. These posts supported huge (and often elaborate) canopies and drapes which, whilst lending a luxurious air – and letting you know the bed’s occupant was a VIP – also provided privacy and kept out cold draughts. Communal medieval sleeping areas may have been relegated to the history books and we can now regulate our indoor climate through heating or airconditioning, but our love for the elegant four-poster bed remains.

If you’re looking for a statement piece of solid wood bedroom furniture, choose from one of seven gorgeous four-poster bed styles from Out of Wood.

Storing Wine in a Wine Rack

Alas, we may not have the space or the cash to build a wine cellar at home, but we can treat ourselves to a high quality wooden wine rack. Not only does a nicely stocked wood wine rack make a great focal point in the dining room, kitchen or bar but it actually will store wine correctly as well. Here are some tips for wine lovers to follow:

  • Don’t store wine bottles upright (like in a cupboard or on a kitchen counter) for any length of time – the corks will dry out, air will enter the bottle and the wine will go off
  • Place your wooden wine rack in a cool spot – wine needs to be kept at a temperature of around 25° Celsius. Any warmer and it can spoil.
  • Keep wine out of direct sunlight – too bright light can spoil wine (which is why wine bottles are generally made from green glass)
  • Don’t keep wine in the fridge – refrigeration can dry out the cork and the excessive cold tends to ruin the flavour, flattening out the subtle nuances in flavour and aroma

Placing wine bottles horizontally in a wooden wine rack is the perfect way to store them – the cork will be moistened by the wine and will remain airtight, preserving it. Our solid wood wine racks can store up to 45 bottles and has drawers for keeping wine accessories, like bottle openers or coasters.

Should I Choose a Wooden or Plastic Baby Cot?

Choosing the right crib for your little precious is crucial – your baby deserves to sleep in a cot which is pretty, safe and comfortable. Many parents deliberate over whether to go for a plastic or wooden baby cot. Here at Out of Wood, we think it’s a no-brainer! Here’s why our wood baby cribs win hands down over plastic cots every time:

  • They’re durable – an investment which will take you from baby one to baby two…and beyond!
  • They’re beautifully crafted and pleasing on the eye – create a nursery which is lovely to look at with one of our baby sleigh cots
  • They’re baby-safe and structurally sound – no sharp edges, splinters or toxic paints and won’t come apart
  • They’re made from solid wood – not cheap formaldehyde-filled wood
  • They’re made from sustainable wood sourced from commercial South African timber plantations.

Parents, that’s not all we’ve got for bouncing baby! Complement your traditional wooden cot with an Out of Wood solid wood baby play pen and baby compactum

How to Buy the Right Office Desk

Whether you work out of a corporate office or a small home office, it’s crucial that you select the correct desk for your workspace – it really can make the difference between being a happy, productive worker and an ineffective, disorganised and disgruntled one. Before you buy an office desk, consider:

  • The nature of your work – do you need a computer desk or one at which you can do detailed drawings or other creative tasks or work with vast amounts of paperwork?
  • Your personality and work characteristics – are you a neat freak who can cope with a smaller workspace or an expansive creative genius who takes over large work areas?
  • The space you have to work with – is it a large room or a tiny nook?

The ergonomics of the desk –

Buying Sustainable Wood Furniture

Increasingly, consumers are concerned about where the products they buy come from and what they’re made out of. Not only is wood furniture durable, elegant and beautiful but, providing the wood is sourced sustainably, it’s a great choice for eco-conscious buyers, too.

Here at Out of Wood, we aim to be a responsible wood furniture manufacturer. We source the timber used to make our stylish wood furniture from commercial South African timber plantations which are managed according to the ISO 9000 and/or ISO14000 standards and the Forestry Stewardship Council (FCS) system. The FCS is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation based in Bonn, Germany, which has as its mission to support the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Part of this mission is the evaluation, accreditation and monitoring of certification bodies to verify the use of the FSC standards. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) conducts FSC audits and issues certificates in South Africa, to guarantee customers that timber used in wood products, like wood furniture, originated from well-managed forests and/or controlled sources.

So, next time you’re in the market for home furniture, make it sustainable wood furniture from Out of Wood – we’re Africa’s finest!