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Metal bed frame or wood, furniture materials

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I know things can get rusty and/or moldy, including furniture, clothing and dark corners, etc.

How do basic metal bed frames do? What about wood slats?

I have read and heard that any leather  furniture is a no go. Are there any other materials or mediums you have seen or heard issues with? Wicker, walnut, plastic, teak, Ikea stuff, veneer lifting issues, etc. open shelves vs closed

Not furniture but....books and art work? Oil paintings?

Any input is appreciated. 


Posted : January 2, 2019 1:25 pm
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All our beds have wood frames and slats - we’ve never had any issues.  Sorry, can’t comment on metal bed frames but since by design they are pretty strong I doubt there would be any untoward issues.

Forget leather furniture - it just doesn’t do well in the heat and humidity.  Better to have furniture with good quality cloth upholstery.  If outdoors or in areas where the furniture is exposed to bright sunlight use “Sunbrella or similar fabrics.

Wicker furniture works well indoors or in well covered area.  Do not use wicker if furniture will be exposed to rain as water and/or extreme dampness will deteriorate the wicker.

Teak furniture is excellent.  “IKEA stuff” and other furniture made from particleboard will not stand up to heat and humidity without warping so give it a pass.

Veneers, if applied correctly, are not a major concern but can separate if they are exposed to extreme heat so a lot depends on conditions inside your home.  Do not use veneer furniture on outdoor verandas or patios.

Open vs. closed shelving depend on “local conditions” in your house.  Obviously if you live in a dry dusty area with constant breezes items kept on open shelving will get covered in dust.  Use your common sense to decide what will work best for your situation.


Posted : January 2, 2019 4:16 pm
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Sorry, forget to address your art & books” question.

We have plenty of  “fine art work” including bronze sculptures, oil paintings, lithograph, prints, etc. - all have done well over the past 15 years.  Books tend to develope mold and other spotting on the paper due to humidity.  Use caution if you have valuable first editions or books with leather bindings.



Posted : January 2, 2019 4:21 pm
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We've not had issues with our metal bed frames.  Even if the frame under the box spring gets a little surface rust it's not going to hurt anything as Afriend said.  Our MBR bed has metal base frame for the box spring and then has decorative metal/iron/steel headboard and full four post frame with cross members  up top all surrounding the base frame that would support a full mosquito net I suppose.  We don't have a net but the frame is just fine.  It's got some antiqui verdigris or something finish which looks fine.

Any wood should be solid, even if veneered,  The particle/chip/pressed hardboard won't last.  

Posted : January 2, 2019 9:32 pm
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if you are climate controlled, i dont see the problem 

Posted : January 4, 2019 8:34 am
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We have had leather furniture for 13 years and a library of books. I spray the furniture and leather with rubbing alcohol every once in a while, more if it is very rainy. We keep the windows open and have free air flow. Alcohol works well on things stored away in closets too. Just a light mist will keep the mold away. For bathrooms floors and countertops I used bleach water. 


Posted : January 4, 2019 10:27 am
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Thank you for the input! 

Posted : January 4, 2019 6:25 pm
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