Oak furniture is available in many kinds of styles and you are sure to find something to fit in with your home decor and suit your personal taste, whether it is a modern look you admire or more traditional pieces. Used for making fine crafted furniture since the Middle Ages, when it was used for panel painting and even to construct castles, any piece of furniture made from oak should be of the highest quality and craftsmanship as techniques have been used by skilled craftsmen for centuries.
Oak has a particularly handsome grain running through it and those with a deep knowledge of this wood have the ability to design it in such a way that they bring out the grain to show the furniture off to its best effect. Popular because it is so resourceful and depending on what you like you can find furniture either left with its natural look, varnished or waxed, stained, coated, or painted.
Collections comprise of furniture for all areas of the house including the living and dining room, the bedroom and bathroom and even the kids room gets a look in. if you have a home office then it is a good choice too as it wears well and once you buy your desk and whatever else is required you will never need to invest in new office furniture again.
Seen as an investment it should last a lifetime as long as it is taken care of and preserved using the right substances and techniques. The quality is reflected in the price and for this reason it is often passed on through the family as an heirloom as it is pretty resistant to damage and looks more beautiful the older it gets.
If you do decide to buy oak furniture it is important to take care of it, then you can be sure it will last for a very long time. Generally finished with natural furniture wax, it should be reapplied a few times a year to guarantee it looks its best for many more years of enjoyment.
Oak wood can actually become misshapen if subjected to extreme temperatures and frequent humidity changes, a hot environment can result in an oak piece losing its glorious shine and colour or even shrinking or cracking. Areas that are moist or damp and have a high level of humidity can cause swelling and cracking. Ideally the best place for it is inside the house where it is away from direct sunlight and protected from adverse weather conditions.
Always keep your wood furniture clean to prevent marks and stains appearing, this is very simple to do, just wipe it over with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust or dirt. There is no need to scrub away at the wood excessively as this will just mark it, and avoid using any heavy duty cleaners as they will damage the finish, water should suffice. Most people are aware, but seem to easily forget, how placing hot or wet cups and similar can leave an unsightly mark on wood furniture, make sure this does not happen to you! If something gets spilled then simply soak it up with a clean dry cloth and remember, no rubbing!
Most commonly used for furniture are Red Oak and White Oak which are American oaks, Red is slightly cheaper to buy and a fashionable option for those wanting quality furniture due to its lustrous finished look and strength, identified by the streaks running through it, it has a very distinctive look and makes some stunning items. The White Oak is just as popular but in the higher price bracket as it is more resilient and naturally water proof. English Oak is the most popular of the European variety and suitable for interior use and dining tables due to its toughness and extremely pretty dark and light brown rings.
Solid oak dining furniture is not cheap to buy but it is an investment and can be enjoyed by you and future generations. Buy a quality piece that will fit with your style and take care of it, take pleasure in looking and admiring it for a very long time to come.
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