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Brenda McBratney May 2019
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Incredible experience start to finish! We live in Innisfil, Ontario - delivery was quick & the bed is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love it😍

Phoebe Barton June 2019
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I recently bought desk and night stands shipped to Mile House BC from Wicker Emporium. My whole buying process was smooth with absolutely no hiccups.

Carol Mercer March 2019
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the harvest table & chairs I got from Wicker Emporium. Excellent workmanship, beautiful piece, fast delivery to Quispamsis NB and the customer service was second to none!

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Ideal environment for wood furniture

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There are 2 environmental elements to consider before you consider buying wood furniture in order for it to stay beautiful for the long term,  those are temperature and humidity.  Wood is very sensitive to changes in relative humidity. As the weather changes, so does the relative humidity in your home and in the moisture content of the wood in your furniture.

This means that furniture is constantly expanding and contracting.

  • Wood does best in moderate conditions of around 21°C-22°C and a relative humidity of about 50-55%.
  • Frequent and sudden changes in relative humidity are especially bad.
    • If exposed to relative humidity in excess of 70%, furniture and finishes can crack when the humidity level drops suddenly and the piece contracts.
    • And relative humidity below 30% for extended periods of time will dry out the wood again leading to cracking.
  • Wood is most likely to crack when the climate in a home suddenly changes from hot and humid to cool and dry.
  • Use a humidifier in winter and an air conditioner in summer for best results.
  • Furniture ages more quickly if stored in a basement, attic, garage or warehouse.
  • Excess heat and dryness can cause wood to split and crack.
  • Place furniture away from all heat sources, in front of radiators, heat runs or fireplaces, if possible.
  • If you must put furniture near an air duct, use a shield or guard plate to direct heat away.

The furniture found on this website is suited for indoor use only as our climatic conditions in North America are a little too extreme.


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  • The end table we ordered looked even better than the picture. We are so pleased with the quality of the table and the order and delivery process was wonderful!

    stella barker on

  • Très bon service. Rapide et le meuble était très bien emballé. Beau meuble de qualité. Merci

    Rejean Lafleche on

  • We love our bedroom set. It looks amazing in our bedroom. Stephanie was wonderful and so caring. I will tell my friends and family about Rustic Furniture Outlet. We will definitely shop there again it was so worth the 2 hour ride!!!!

    Barb Forrester on

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