Not all wine barrel furniture is made to the same high-quality standards. For instance, you want to watch out for knock-off wine barrels made from cheap materials. Most authentic whiskey and wine barrels are made from rich woods that can last many years with the right treatment.
4 Factors to Consider When Buying Wine Barrel Furniture
There are several questions you can ask about wine barrel furniture to find the highest quality option. These questions include:
- What type of wood is the wine barrel made out of?
- Is this a real wine barrel or a replica?
- How long is the projected lifespan of the furniture?
- Is it constructed in the US – what type of attention to detail is concerned in the construction process?
#1. What type of wood is the wine barrel made out of?
Different types of wood are used to construct wine barrels and whiskey barrels. That’s because each wood creates a distinctly different flavor to alcohol as it ages. Wood is commonly used because it creates a nice taste. Oakwood is the most commonly used, although there are many varieties of oak out there. Other woods commonly used include French oak, redwood, walnut, cherry, chestnut, hickory and maple wood.
It’s important to know what type of wood you are getting before investing in wine barrel furniture. For one, it will impact the appearance of the barrel. Beware of cheap imitation barrels that are not made from authentic wood.
#2. Is it a real wine barrel or a replica?
A Google search for “fake wine barrel” produces all kinds of results. With the rise in wine barrel furniture, many people have found ways to make cheap imitations that resemble the real thing from afar. We’ve seen wine barrel imitations made out of everything from foam to cardboard. This may reduce the price, but it will also impact the overall quality, appearance, and longevity of the piece.
Bonus perk: by investing in a wine barrel that has served a previous purpose, you help reduce waste along with harm to the environment.
#3. How long is the projected lifespan of the furniture?
Talk with the manufacturer to uncover how long the furniture is projected to last on average. Of course, a variety of factors – including how well the piece is maintained and cared for – will impact how long it lasts. Although, a high-quality piece manufactured from top-grade materials should outlast other options.
#4. Is it made in the USA?
Wine barrel furniture made in the USA may be of higher quality and at a lower price point than furniture made overseas. For one, less money is spent on the transportation of the furniture since it originates in the states. Therefore, the money you spend goes towards quality materials and construction, instead of pricey freight that the supplier must pay to get it here from another country.
That’s not to say there aren’t awesome wine barrels you can get out of the states, perhaps one with rich Italian wine country history. Although, before buying furniture that comes from afar, just make sure it is authentic and made from quality materials that will last you many years.
Wine Barrel Furniture Made in Georgia Wine Country
At Wood Art World, all of our wine barrel furniture is crafted right here in NE Georgia. Our passion for natural hand-crafted products is unsurpassed. We stop at nothing to deliver the highest quality furniture to our clients. Shop our complete collection of wine barrel furniture, from vanities to coffee tables, and more.
From our family to yours, cheers to your favorite new piece of furniture!