Why You Should Consider Oak Furniture

Oak Furniture Stands the Test of Time

It’s Time to Roll Out the Welcome Mat

You’ve purchased your dream home, and it is indeed a dream come true. Everything you’ve always wanted, from a backyard to a gourmet kitchen to a great room to the man cave, the welcome mat is out and “home sweet home” has never been sweeter. Now it’s time to furnish, fill and decorate with treasures that are a reflection of your personal taste and style.

Why choose oak?

Oak is a dense hardwood, which is super-strong, and able to resist insect and fungal attacks. Used in the past to build naval ships, today it makes great looking furniture. The perfect choice for people with an active lifestyle, it doesn’t damage easily, stains well, and suits both traditional and contemporary interiors. One of the most attractive woods due to its striking grain, it’s warm and tactile, and looks fabulous in any guise, whether a bed, dining table or kitchen cabinet.

Are there different types?

There are many types of oak, but only some are used for making furniture. Natural oak has a honey colour running through it, Tiger oak has a stripy look, Pippy oak has what is known as a ‘cat’s paw’ appearance, while Burr oak is similar to Pippy, but much denser. White American oak is very popular for interiors and furniture because of its durability and attractive rings. Of course, we make sure that Harveys White American oak is sourced from well-managed sustainable forests.

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Stronger Than Oak

The “bones” of any home lie in the furniture, which is often the first step in “decorating 101.” One of the most beautiful, durable and impressive woods is oak. The sturdiness of oak furniture is unmatched. While the price tag can cause some initial sticker shock, you must consider that you’re not just buying a piece of furniture, you’re making an investment in your family. Think about all the family and holiday dinners that will be shared around that table, the endless amount of homework assignments you and your children will share while sitting at that table. You want something that will stand the test of time, and oak is timeless. (They didn’t coin the phrase “stronger than oak” for nothing.)


Oak Furniture Makes a Statement

Homeowners choose oak for a variety of reasons. Some purchase it for the style and look as mentioned above, others for durability. Furniture made from oak can withstand scrapes and scratches, unlike other softer woods. Caring for oak wood furniture is very low maintenance, only needing to be polished every few months. Most important, however, is its beauty. It makes a statement in a room. Many people purchase oak furniture that way will use a lot and will be prominently seen in their home. A piece of oak furniture is regarded as a “statement” piece- from a dining room or matching coffee tables to armoires’ and oak bookcases, oak commands attention and quickly becomes the focal point of the room.

Some facts about oak

  • Oak wood has been used for making garden furniture as well. The oak panels in the debating chamber of the House of Commons speak best for the durability of this wood. It was also used for shipbuilding as well, until it was replaced by metal and iron later in the 19th century.
  • The English Oak is one of the most popular oak wood species used for making European Oak furniture. This oak stands for its durability and attractive dark and light rings. This type of wood belongs to the group of Quercus robur and can be found in most parts of Europe and North Africa. More – http://www.interestingreality.com/facts-about-oak-wood/

Oak Furniture Guarantees a Lifetime of Happy Use

While oak furniture does come at a higher cost than other furniture, its sustainability, functionality, resilience and beauty are worth the investment. You don’t purchase a piece of oak furniture as an accent piece or as a “temporary fill in” piece, you purchase it with the intention of keeping it in your home for many, many years. Oak furniture is what people choose to hand down from one generation to the next. It carries a legacy that holds memories of a lifetime of love and laughter within the home. Oak furniture offers both the style and strength to guarantee a lifetime of happy use.

Unfinished Oak Offers Limitless Possibilities

If you’re looking to purchase oak furniture but can’t find the exact piece in the finish you want, you can purchase unfinished pieces very easily, purchase the stain you want and make it a statement piece that is a true reflection of your personal taste and individual style. A faulty piece of oak furniture can usually be bought for a big discount which can then be repaired.

If you have a passion for woodworking, this may be an excellent option for you. When you complete your project, not only will you have a beautiful piece of furniture, you can also be proud of the labor of love you put into it. Think of how excited your daughter will be when you present her with an oak hope chest that you handcrafted especially for her wedding day.


If It’s Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

One thing to be cautioned against is to check and make certain if the advertisement is for solid oak versus oak veneer. Sometimes oak veneer is glued to another, less solid piece of wood such as pine. Follow the phrase “if it’s too good to be true” (or in this case, if the price is too good to be true), it probably is.

If you’re thinking of furnishing your home and are in a dilemma as to which type of wood to choose for your furniture, consider oak, it stands the test of time and will offer a lifetime of memories.