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Wooden canopies

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Every person who is lucky enough to own a house loves it and takes care of it with all his strength to make it always efficient and welcoming; there have been various studies and researches that have shown all this, but there was no need, especially in Italy where the population has always been closely tied to the house owned. In addition to being sure that this is true all over the world, we are equally sure that even those who live in a rented house love it and feel it personally own because it is the place where they sleep and live, perhaps with their family. This platonic love for one’s home very often manifests itself in an evident way in furnishing, that is, in the action of furnishing: most of us never stop furnishing our homes, because every day and every time we visit a shop or an exhibition can be the right time for a new idea or because an object strikes us so much that we buy it. And apart from the very rare cases in which people with so many economic possibilities as to be disinterested in their dozens of homes decide to call furnishing professionals to entrust them with the task, in the «normal» world we furnish the house, with passion and desire to make it perfect for ourselves.

Vintage and nature style


Obviously, even if the furnishing of one’s home is made in a completely personal way, a certain trend can be identified within it; for example, a person who loves very thin tables and chairs, with furniture with linear surfaces and without any furniture, could be defined tending to the minimalist, or one could define tending to the baroque one who loves very refined furniture, paintings rich in decorations in relief, a large amount of mirrors and a predominance of the colors of gold and red. Two styles, however, are currently the most popular, vintage and nature. The vintage style is inspired by a word that in all languages ​​indicates elements of the past, so we go towards those who love antiques, televisions and old-fashioned radios, antique-style telephones and floors that are simple and even a little rough, as they used to be. The nature style is instead the one that leaves a lot of space for natural materials such as wood, often also used for floors and walls, but be careful not to confuse it with the ecological style, often demagogic. But how do furniture elements such as canopies fit into all of this?

Wooden canopies

Well, a few decades ago the previous question would have been very difficult to answer correctly, because there was not this great attention to aesthetics as there is today; once it was the object to adapt to the pre-existing style, otherwise it could easily be done without aesthetics. Today, however, the object is designed precisely to adapt to a specific style, built with precise provisions following a careful study. Well, even the canopies have adapted to all this, indeed they have gone far beyond because nowadays they represent furnishing solutions also for indoor environments, for «home» exteriors such as the balcony and the terrace, in addition to the classic use in the garden. Wood adapts particularly well to any use of the shed as in combination with load-bearing materials it can guarantee very high structural resistance, while thanks to accurate surface processing it can have a very appreciable «face». Another advantage is to be fully in agreement with the setting of the garden, since we talk about natural elements in the same way. And for this reason most of the wooden canopies are decorated with a mixture of flowers and climbing plants, often arranged with pots hanging from the arch of the canopy or with other imaginative solutions. since we talk about natural elements equally. And for this reason most of the wooden canopies are decorated with a mixture of flowers and climbing plants, often arranged with pots hanging from the arch of the canopy or with other imaginative solutions. since we talk about natural elements equally. And for this reason most of the wooden canopies are decorated with a mixture of flowers and climbing plants, often arranged with pots hanging from the arch of the canopy or with other imaginative solutions.

Woods for canopies

Having said the ease with which the canopies and the wood are integrated to give life to a product of enormous diffusion and charm like the wooden canopies, what are the best woods for this specific use? First of all, it should be noted that the woods, of any type, for outdoor applications such as the canopy must in any case be processed and treated, otherwise they would resemble in all respects the bark of common trees. Not only that, the combination with structural elements in steel, iron or other is almost mandatory in most cases, for safety reasons, even if the wood is almost always quite solid. However, the most popular woods are oak, maple, pine and ebony; they are the most common (except ebony which is very rare in our area) and also less expensive, but above all they are the best to be subjected to those treatments designed to give them a presentable and long-lasting «face» above all. The other woods, also very well known such as mahogany, are perhaps too exclusive in some cases, too unsuitable to be treated in others, above all because each type of wood has particular reactions and not all positive to these almost industrial processes.

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