Wooden beds. They make your bedroom special.
There's no room in your home quite so personal as your bedroom.
A deep-seated connection, maybe resulting from childhood days when our bedrooms were so often our only refuge from the rest of the family, makes this place a true extension of you.
In adult life, of course, it's this bond that makes decorating your bedroom, and choosing the furnishings in it, such a labour of love.
For almost everyone, regardless of gender, age or taste, a bedroom needs to be a place of calm and security.
And it's because of this that nothing can match the emotional, as well as the aesthetic value, of a solid wooden bed.
Our love affair with wood.
In Britain, until mid way through the twentieth century, almost everyone, rich or poor, slept in a bed built by a carpenter or joiner, or forged by a local blacksmith.
Built to last a lifetime in most cases, these bespoke beds had a reassuring solidity and warmth to them. They descended from a noble tradition, too, with many of Britain's great houses in earlier centuries boasting grand beds ornately fashioned from solid oak timbers.
After the second world war, however, fashion (along with the emergence of more sophisticated consumer manufacturing) began to change, and the fabric covered divan bed gained huge popularity.
More recently, with the continuous development of new products and the quest for cheaper furniture with less concern for how long it might last, the market has become filled with beds made from a huge range of sectional metals, natural and synthetic fabrics and veneered or laminated fibre boards.
The durability of these beds is variable, as some materials are easier to joint solidly than others. Similarly, fabric and painted or lacquered metal finishes soon show their age, leaving a bedroom looking shabby surprisingly swiftly.
Wood is different.
A solid wood bed still gives your bedroom a pleasing feeling of warmth and solidity. It's partly visual, partly the contribution that wood makes to the sound in your bedroom, partly structural and partly emotional.
The visual wow of solid wood
There's just nothing that gets close to the natural beauty of solid wood. Whatever the style of wooden bed you choose, the line and form of real timber, with its natural grain and knotting, give your bed an organic beauty that man-made materials simply don't have.
Wood also offers you an almost infinite choice of finish.
Its graining can be waxed or lacquered in a wide variety of translucent shades, enhancing the natural empathy of the timber to turn your bed into a really beautiful centrepiece.
At Taurus, we finish our beds, which all start life with the pale tone of seasoned natural pine, in a variety of ways.
These range from natural beeswax that adds almost nothing to the colour and simply gives a lovely, soft sheen, to a dark mahogany lacquer that give the bed the depth and colour warmth you'd find in rich black cherries or looking through the dark glass bottle of a fine claret.
If you prefer a more contemporary look, we paint our wooden beds. They paint beautifully, allowing you to order your bed in a colour and subtlety of finish to match your interior decor.
Does wood really have a sound?
It's not that wood makes a sound, so much as the way wood enriches the sounds in your room.
You want your bedroom to feel warm and comforting. Hard surfaces (tiles, glass, metal) etc, work against this, bouncing sound waves around your room.
Because of the amount of soft bedding, curtains and perhaps carpet in your room, you'll usually not hear this as an echo, but wood - being an organic and wholly natural material - absorbs sound far more sympathetically and adds a natural resonance to the feel of the room.
With wood, it doesn't come apart.
While beds made from man-made materials, laminated boards and tubular metal are inclined to break, split or fail at their joints over time, wood has none of these problems.
Traditionally, wooden beds were built using hand cut tenon joints (and we actually used to make them this way ourselves).
Now, however, we make them by screwing purpose engineered metal brackets to the wooden timbers, and jointing the key pieces of the bed - the head and foot ends with their corner posts, and the side rails that support the load of the mattress slats - using purpose designed bolts that lock up with an allen key.
Once your wooden bed is up, it stays in perfect shape unless you ever decide to take it to pieces to move it to a new home.
And lastly... wood just feels great.
Run your hand over the edge of a finely finished bed end or headboard, and it just feels great.
There's no other way to describe it.
However finely the wood is sanded and even if it's been sprayed with a hard lacquer finish, the grain of a tree that grew for several decades before being harvested gives it a connection and a sensitivity that man-made materials and metals just can't match.
Practical and beautiful. The best of both worlds.
The great Victorian craftsman, designer and essayist, William Morris, a guiding spirit of the Arts & Crafts movement that so shaped the way we think about the flats and houses we live in, advised that you should have nothing in your home unless you knew it to be useful or believed it to be beautiful.
It's not hard to imagine that a solid wooden bed was exactly the kind of item he was encouraging you to choose.