When it comes to selecting furniture, there are many factors to consider, from practicality and durability to budget and aesthetics. Another important factor is sustainability, which is why we love eco-friendly eucalyptus wood. This fast-growing Australian hardwood is stunning, sustainable and less expensive than traditional hardwoods, such as mahogany and oak. Here are just a few of the reasons why eucalyptus furniture is a great choice.
Eucalyptus lumber can come from any one of over 10 different species, such as jarrah, ironbark and blue gum. As it’s very dense, it’s much stronger than many of its peers. The eucalyptus tree can grow in extreme weather conditions, which results in a very tough fibre — possibly even tougher than teak — so it is ideal for furniture construction as it’s very durable.
Boasting rich shades of brown, eucalyptus timber is very beautiful. It has the unique textured grain, knots and gnarls of traditional hardwoods and is close in appearance to mahogany. It’s high natural oil content keeps it looking gorgeous throughout the years as the oil helps to repel water and moisture and keep the wood nourished.
Eucalyptus is ideal for furniture design as it has antifungal and antimicrobial characteristics, which means it has an inherent property that resists decay, rot, termites and other pests. This makes it a great choice in furniture design and building construction.
Requiring very little maintenance, eucalyptus furniture is easy to look after. Any dust and spills can simply be wiped down with a dry cloth or moist sponge and a few drops of dishwashing detergent. To maintain its rich hue and to increase its longevity, an occasional light waxing or application of wood polish will keep it looking its best.
Perhaps best of all, eucalyptus lumber is eco-friendly. It comes from fast-growing trees, which can be harvested more frequently than comparable hardwoods, thus producing a greater yield. This makes eucalyptus timber highly renewable, sustainable and ultimately more affordable.
- Wipe surfaces clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean cloth. Avoid leaving wood surfaces wet as this may warp the timber.
- Dust surfaces weekly using a soft cloth or duster.
- Timber needs to be nourished to retain its beautiful appearance, so regular applications of a natural‑based furniture polish is recommended – every 3–6 months is ideal to help maintain the appearance of the timber for longer. Do not use silicone-based products or other abrasive cleaners.
- Greying and discolouration are signs that the timber is drying out.
- Invest in tablecloths, table runners and coasters that will protect the surface of your dining or coffee tables from scratches or marks.
- Avoid exposing timber surfaces to extreme heat conditions, moisture and light, as this can cause the wood to swell, shrink or start to show signs of cracking.
- Avoid placing timber furniture in direct sunlight, as it can cause fading. However, if unavoidable move furniture surfaces around regularly to allow for even colouring.
- Care can vary between timbers.