Cedar has a reputation for luxurious practicality, particularly when it comes to storing clothing, but the justifications for its cost are too often taken as a matter of course for the benefits it allegedly provides.
The question, of course, is whether cedar’s costs align with its perceived value. Naturally, for a person who loves the look (and smell) of cedar then the rest doesn’t matter … but who really loves cedar that much?
Cedar is known for being good at repelling bugs and that reputation is well-earned; however, the smell of cedar alone is usually not enough to stave off the most determined pests. What’s more, the wood’s fragrance will fade over time, thereby weakening its supernatural bug-deterrent powers.
The smell can be easily revived with a quick (and very light) sanding, but the fact remains that cedar should not be the first line of defense against bugs.
<em>Verdict:</em> Cedar smells great, but bugs won’t wait.
While cedar may not fully live up to its billing as a natural bug repellent, it does do a fair job of wicking moisture out of the air. This can help keep your clothes free of mold and mildew, particularly if you live in a damp and humid climate.
Again, though – it’s not magical. If you fancy wool and you live in South Florida, you should probably invest in some air conditioning and a dehumidifier along with your cedar closets.
<em>Verdict:</em> Cedar keeps it dry, and that’s no lie.
Common cedar species are often grown in a controlled manner and so are not endangered, which helps keep prices manageable, but it’s still not the cheapest natural wood out there. It’s prized for its color, grain and unique odor, and so the costs are significant.
Good, quality cedar work will utilize 3/4-inch boards, but when that’s too expensive people often choose to use cedar planking or sheeting, which comes a little cheaper.
<em>Verdict: </em>Get the real deal and a dent in your wallet you’ll feel. <em> </em>
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