Selecting the right furniture for your home takes understanding what you want and how you want it to look. With furniture you are probably searching not only for something that makes your home reflect your personality and lifestyle, but also a piece that will last a long time.
Furniture is one of those big investments you don’t want to make very often. Most of us tend to hang on to the pieces we enjoy, even passing them down as family heirlooms. To do that, what we choose must be sturdy, well crafted and durable. This is especially true when it comes to the pieces we use the most, such as the dresser in the bedroom.
Through the years certain woods have come to be favored for crafting furniture. Oak is a popular choice, not only for its durability but also for its beauty. It has been used for the making of fine furniture for many years and many antique dealers will tell you that a piece of oak furniture is almost always worth restoring because of the fine craftsmanship and the strength of the oak.
Because it is a hard wood, oak holds up to the wear and tear of daily life. It resists the scratching and scuffing that can mar other woods. This density also helps oak hold up to dents, warping, cracking and climate factors such as humidity. Its natural strength makes it an excellent choice to build durable furnishings that will last long enough to become a family heirloom.
Solid oak furniture does tend to be a bit more expensive. This price factor means that purchasing an oak dresser is an investment in your home. Your bedroom in particular is a place in which you should be able to relax and enjoy the feel that you’ve created through your interior design. Oak furnishings come in a variety of styles and finishes so it is easy to find one that will complement your décor.
If cost is a factor, you can also find bedroom dressers that are not solid oak. Many times oak veneers are placed on pieces that are constructed of other materials, usually pine and particle board. The veneer not only makes the other wood more aesthetically pleasing, it can add some strength to the dresser. It will not be as strong or sturdy as one made entirely of oak, but it can add to the overall durability of the piece. And the dresser will not be as expensive as solid oak.
When you are shopping for good quality oak dressers, you can look at the construction and tell what type of craftsmanship went into its creation. Each piece should be fitted together so there are no gaps. Even though in its natural state, oak has a rough texture, the finished product should be smooth and level. A coarse texture would mean your clothing or other fabric items could snag on the surface of the dresser and that would take away from your enjoyment of it.
Should you want to purchase an oak dresser that is unfinished, or refinish an older dresser, oak is a good wood to choose in that situation too. Oak wood holds stain well so that you have an even finish. Or you can cover the wood with clear urethane for a more natural look.
Whatever style or finish you are looking for, you can know that an oak dresser which is also great for storage will be one of the best choices you can make. There are many retail outlets that offer elegant pieces at good prices.