Office furniture is built out of wood that is dried in a manner that retains enough of its natural moisture to properly acclimate to the relative humidity of its environment. The wood in office furniture continues to expand and shrink in response to the humidity of its environment as a bi-product of continuing to exchange moisture with the air.
Solid wood furniture responds to extremely dry air much the same way our own skin responds to nature. Solid wood’s natural response to increased dryness in the air is to lose its moisture and thus shrink slightly. What may appear to the eye as slight separation of parts during reduced humidity will revert back to a solid wood surface as the humidity increases. The wood expands as the result of absorbing surrounding moisture.
In order to preserve and extend the life of your office furniture, it is recommended to use a humidifier in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Relative humidity should be kept between 25 to 35 percent. Office furniture should not be placed directly in front of fireplaces, radiators or heat runs, nor exposed to direct sunlight. By following manufacturer’s recommendations for care, solid wood office furniture will enjoy a long life of beauty and durability.