We’ll start with the question of “monetary worth,” which sadly is often confused with price. It’s easy to understand the difference, though; just consider the celebrity mansions we so often see on television. 10-, 20- or 50-million dollars is unquestionably an exorbitant amount of money to pay for a house, and a cost that most of us would never be able to even consider.
But having that large a price tag doesn’t mean that the mansion isn’t worth it to the owners, who obviously feel that they’re getting good value for their money – or worth it to potential buyers who will be likely to pay even more when the home goes up for sale. Those who can purchase stratospherically-priced houses see the value in spending that type of money, largely because they know that the monetary worth of the home is likely to remain extremely high.
What does that have to do with rustic furniture? Everything. High-quality, well-crafted rustic furniture will almost always cost more than cheaply-made “rustic-style” pieces you’ll find in lower-end stores, and they often carry higher price tags than comparable machined-wood furniture made in factories. That cost can be off-putting to those thinking about rustic bedroom furniture or a rustic coffee table for their living room.
It shouldn’t be. As long as you properly care for your furniture (and who wouldn’t, after paying a lot of money for it?) the monetary value of your pieces will remain high for years. The strong and durable woods commonly used for the construction of rustic furniture, like pine, oak, cedar, hickory and walnut, will stand the tests of time and wear. The top-notch crafting seen in high-end rustic pieces ensures that the furniture will be sturdy and reliable for years or decades, and won’t deteriorate or fall apart like assembly-line pieces or those made from pressed wood or composites like medium-density fiberboard. And a rustic dining table or lovely rustic desk will remain strikingly gorgeous long after the novelty of owning the pieces has worn off.
Quite simply, spending hundreds of dollars on rustic furniture (or thousands, if you’re decorating an entire room or home) is a smart investment. The pieces will last longer, provide comfort and beauty for as long as you own them, and should be worth just about what you initially paid over the long term. They’re the best furniture value – in terms of worth – that you can find…