An outstanding hardwood for any type of furniture, oak is a top choice of quality furniture makers. In fact, oak is as popular now as when it was used to panel the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London. Its known uses go back to the 9th and 10th century, when Viking ships used it for planking.
Oak furniture made hundreds of years ago is as attractive and functional today it was when it was new. It's easy to see why fine oak furniture is still in demand today. Let's take a look at what makes oak an excellent choice for interior furniture
Whilst beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, there's no argument about the beauty of oak. Oak's striking grain markings and open pores make every piece unique. With warm, honey coloured tones, oak creates a feeling of both luxury and comfort.
The national tree of England, oak symbolizes strength and endurance. This extraordinarily dense and durable hardwood lasts for generations.
Strong and hard, oak is ideal for heavily used furniture such as chairs, desks, and dining tables.
Oak is a versatile choice for interior furniture. Its style suits almost any home and interior design. It works as well for hard-working pieces as for decorative ones.
Oak takes stains and finishes well. It can be oiled or coated with clear urethane to maintain its light tone or it can be stained or painted. Oak looks at home with a wide variety of upholstery and drapery.
4. Ease of Maintenance
Oak is easy to take care of. Naturally scratch and stain resistant, it does not damage easily.
Most interior oak furniture just need regular dusting and an occasional wipe with a soft cloth lightly dampened with linseed oil. Never use water to clean oak; use natural oil based cleaners only and avoid harsh chemicals. (For exterior oak furniture use lemon oil instead of linseed oil.)
To preserve the finish it's best to keep interior oak furniture out of direct sunlight. If it does get stained, apply a bit of butter to the stain, leave it on overnight, and remove it with a clean cloth in the morning.
Oak furniture adds a sense of simple elegance to traditional as well as contemporary decors. Oak is well suited to both complex and simple designs.
Oak furniture never goes out of style. With a new finish or new fabric, it's easy to refresh an oak piece to meet current design preferences and trends.
With its beauty, durability, versatility, ease of maintenance, and style, oak furniture is a good investment. Whilst other furniture may deteriorate over the years or go out of style, oak stands the test of time.
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