Natural Imperfections in Wood

Our materials go on a journey to get to us! The Birch trees are grown in eastern Europe where they are turned into plywood and finished. That material is sent in sheets to the USA where it makes its way to our Provo, Utah warehouse.

It’s important to keep in mind that wood materials were once trees; breathing organisms that worked to survive. Every warp, knot, or mineral streak is a testament to a tree’s life and the years it lived through.

We use imperfect wood for a couple of reasons. First, it is more cost effective than “premium” wood which won’t have any patches in it. That means we can help to save you money! It’s our goal to make high-quality REAL wood furniture accessible to families.

Imperfect materials help reduce waste. We could order material made only from the perfect parts of trees. But then imperfect wood ends up in a landfill. Perfect wood wastes materials. (That being said, we do take special care to cut our materials with the least amount of patches on the surface. We examine each piece of wood and decide which should be the outside and inside of your furniture, so the bottoms of tables and insides of shelves may be more patchy than the surface.)

We prefer real, natural wood. If we wanted totally uniform perfection, we would go into plastic furniture. Real wood has beautiful imperfections, just like real people!

Not every piece of furniture will have patches or streaks, but that doesn’t make it better or worse than parts that do. The patches do not affect the integrity or quality of the wood, just how it looks. This wood still stands up to our high quality standards, and is completely unique.

So when you see that patch on your table, don’t say, “How ugly!” Instead, say, “This is real wood! It’s natural, and its flaws make it more beautiful.” This imperfect wood reduces waste, helps save you money, and makes your environment more simple, natural, and ready to be lived in!

Are there ovals/shapes/streaks on your furniture? No worries!

There are some imperfections which fall within our quality standards.

These ovals are patches where there was a knot in the wood that was filled during processing. They are a completely normal part of our materials.

These are similar patches, but in a different shape. Completely normal and nothing to worry about!

These are mineral streaks, which develop when the tree absorbs minerals from the soil. They’re most noticeable in light woods that are left unstained (like ours).

This wood is still high-quality and completely functional. The imperfections do not affect the integrity of the material.

Note: If you absolutely can’t stand your imperfect table top (or shelf or bed, etc.), we get it. We can replace the imperfect part with one without patches for a fee. Just let us know at support@sprout-kids.com

Additional note: If your furniture arrives with voids, chips, or scratches on the surface, please let us know! These are imperfections that don’t fall within our quality standards (although, your furniture may still be usable) and we are happy to replace that piece for you.