coffee mug using coaster on table for protecting wood furniture from heat

Whether you moved into your new home or want to refresh your space, you might be searching for the perfect furniture pieces. Choosing furniture for your home can be tricky. You want the pieces to be made of quality wood, be long-lasting, and match your home’s style and décor. Once you pick out the pieces of furniture to add to your home, the tricky part is keeping them in good condition over the years. This included protecting wood furniture from heat. So, how do you do that? Here are some helpful tips for protecting wood furniture from heat to keep the pieces for many years after you purchase them.  

Keep Furniture Away from Direct Sunlight

While letting sunlight into your home can be beneficial for many reasons, it does not treat wood furniture well. If your wood furniture is exposed to sunlight for a long time, it can cause discoloration spots. If you have furniture placed near windows, lower your curtains to block the direct light from hitting it on sunny days. 

Invest in Furniture Covers

Furniture covers may not be a homeowner’s idea way of protecting wood furniture from heat. However, they are extremely effective. If you are not opposed to messing with your home’s aesthetic, you can cover your furniture when it is not being used to avoid extra time in sunlight. 

Use a Dehumidifer

Heat isn’t the only danger your wood furniture can face; humidity can also cause problems. Wood is known to absorb moisture easily. When moisture is absorbed within the furniture it can lead to cracks and other damage to the pieces. Using a dehumidifier can help to remove moisture from the air in your home. While it won’t eliminate the moisture, it can certainly help reduce the humidity that will be absorbed by your furniture. 

Always Use Trivets, Coasters, Placemats, and Tablecloths

Have you ever placed a hot cup of coffee or a hot plate on your wooden coffee table and noticed a white discolored heat stain appear underneath? These stains are a result of moisture being trapped from the high heat. Using a trivet, coaster, placemat, or tablecloths on your furniture can help add a protective layer between your hot items and the wood surface. When shopping for these heat protectant items, it is important that you read what they are made of and how well they protect furniture. For example, some tablecloths and placemats are so thin that they do not really add much more protection than if you were not using one at all.