The History Of Oak Furniture & Why It’s The Most Popular Type Of Wood Furniture In The Home
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Despite oak being used for furniture throughout the ages, Oak furniture's most famous period was during the Tudor times and lasted for over 160 years up until around 1650. This period is more commonly known as the ‘age of oak.’ Designs were copied from the characteristics of furniture found in the Catholic churches, and circular characteristics were also added and were often painted with the Tudor rose.. The furniture during this period became larger and more ornate and were seen by many as a sign of wealth.
Oak has always been a popular choice of wood for furniture in the UK, Europe and America, largely due to its availability as a native timber. However, since the turn of the century it’s use has increased year on year and is now becoming more popular in places such as the Far East as a rival to the more traditional pine furniture.
Why is Oak Used For Furniture?
Oak has been used for furniture making for thousands of years, particularly in the UK, and has been gaining popularity worldwide ever since.
Oak has always been the number one choice in the UK, Europe and America, largely due to its availability as a native timber. However, since the turn of the century its use has increased year after year in locations such as the far east. Traditionally, soft woods such as pine were used in such places as they are more readily available, but oak is rapidly becoming a rival.
The Benefits Of Oak Use In Furniture Making
Oak trees can grow up to 40 feet in height, the timber yield from each tree is very high compared to other species of trees. Logging is responsibly managed and replanting of oak trees is always maintained. As a result of this oak is never in short supply and is readily available in large amounts.
Oak has a very distinctive golden colour and can complement older and modern design schemes with its clean edges and subtle grains.
As a hardwood, oak has a natural strength and longevity and can put up with a lot of wear and compared to other woods. This makes oak one of the best woods for furniture especially in areas where it will see a lot of continued use.
Dure to its durability, oak furniture will very rarely need to be replaced. This is one of the reasons for its popularity over the centuries. Oak furniture lasts a very long time, and this is part of its appeal.
How to Polish Oak Furniture
Oak is a very durable wood, however, it is strongly recommended to dust and polish your oak furniture regularly to prevent any dust particles from causing any long lasting damage. So we here at Kalusto highly recommend using a wax polish to clean your oak furniture as soon as you get it home. This way, you are protecting the wood from the start. You will typically need to repeat the waxing process every two to three months to keep the wood nourished. A tip to avoid any fading of your oak furniture is not to place it in direct sunlight.
It’s a good idea to test the wax you’re going to use on a part of the furniture underneath the table, to check that you are happy with the finish. If you are, apply the wax to the rest of the piece and polish in the same direction as the grain. For everyday cleaning, wipe the surface down with a clean, damp cloth, or use cleaning products specifically designed for hardwoods.
Solid Oak Table Care
To keep your solid oak dining table in tip-top condition firstly start by wiping down your solid wood table with a barely damp microfiber cloth to remove any dust and grime. You never want the water to sit on the wood, so quickly wipe it down with another dry microfiber cloth. For the regular dust a quick wipe-down with a microfiber cloth will do the trick nicely. If your solid oak table has any spots or sticky residue from food, add a drop of dish soap to a microfiber cloth and test a tiny, out-of-sight section of the furniture to ensure that the finish doesn’t get removed. If all is ok, combine a few drops of dish soap with a water cup and gently work on the gummy section. Always avoid soaking the wood in water, and once the spot is cleaned, wipe the area dry with another microfiber cloth. Simple.
Oak Office Furniture
At Kalusto we have a wide range of office furniture suitable for your home office. Below we list just a selection of items that we currently have on sale.
The Valencia Light Oak Hidden Home Office - If you are looking for a workstation that will keep all your home office supplies and PC stored tidily and out of plain sight, then the Valencia light oak hidden home office is the solution to your problems. The unit measures 80 cm high, 108.6 cm wide and 55 cm deep overall. It has a pull-out keyboard shelf and a large cupboard below with open shelving and two four drawers inside. The cupboard on the left side has a removable shelf and is sized to house a PC tower perfectly.
Valencia Light Oak Twin Pedestal Desk - This large, twin pedestal computer desk measures 80 cm high, 157 cm wide, and 55 cm deep overall. Built to meet modern-day home office needs, the unit has one cupboard (right side) measuring 53.4 cm high, 38 cm wide, and 50 cm deep (specifically sized to house a tower PC exactly). The large lower drawer has a steel rail for A4 suspension files and the two drawers above are perfect for office supplies, and PC extras. This unit also has a pull-out keyboard shelf.
Built to a high standard the drawers have dovetail joints and trendy two-tone brushed steel handles. The unit is solid oak throughout (no veneers), has panelled sides, and a tongued and grooved hardwood back providing excellent structural stability.
The Valencia Light Oak Printer Cupboard – This cupboard provides an elegant and practical solution for one of the most difficult home office storage problems - the printer! The cupboard measures 80 cm high, 60 cm wide and 55 cm deep overall. The top lifts for easy access, allowing the printer lid to be completely opened with ease. The top cupboard measures 46 cm high, 47 cm wide and 50cm deep, this allows front access to the printer and has two faux drawers on the front. Underneath is a bottom shelf measures 22.5 cm high, 47cm wide and 50 cm deep internally – Perfect for a scanner or for storing paper and printer accessories. Both have stylish, brushed two-tone stainless steel handles.
The Valencia Light Oak Two Drawer Filing Cabinet - The cabinet measures 80 cm high, 49 cm wide and 55 cm deep. Each drawer has steel rails to hold suspension files, dovetail joints and a fashionable brushed steel two-tone handle.
All our oak office furniture is straightforward to mix and match and suit your home office needs perfectly!
Built by skilled craftsmen these are all a part of our contemporary Baumhaus Mobel Oak office furniture collection and are made from solid oak throughout (no veneers), All our oak furniture is finished in a hard-wearing satin lacquer and the wood is enhanced and protected with a long-lasting surface. All our office furniture is delivered fully assembled and built to last a lifetime.
Dining Room Oak Furniture
We can supply you with your home office furniture but amongst other things we can also help furnish your dining room. Be it just chairs, tables, sideboards or our full dining room bundles we have different styles and finishes to suit every taste. Below is just a small selection of our wider dining collection.
The Cadiz Solid Oak Large Dining Table - measuring 76 cm high, 150 cm wide and 90 cm deep, the height from floor to the underside is 65 cm. This is a classically elegant dining table and can seat six people in true style and comfort - Without question, simply perfect for those who love to entertain.
The Valencia Light Oak Hidden Extending Dining Table – This beautifully designed table can seat four to eight people, making it absolutely perfect for everyday use or just a cosy meal for two, as well as entertaining the whole family. It measures 80 cm high, 150 cm wide and 90 cm deep when closed and the length extends to 200cm wide when opened up. The table has a cleverly designed mechanism that keeps the extending part hidden when not in use. Perfect!
The Valencia Light Oak Flare Back Upholstered Chair - Available as a set of two. The overall dimensions of each chair are 94 cm high, 45 cm wide and 53 cm deep. The actual height of the seat is 50cm. The grey upholstery meets British Safety Standards UKFR BS5852 and is also available in a rather fetching biscuit colour. Just one selection from our dining chair collection!
The Valencia Light Oak Six Drawer Sideboard - A flexible as well as an eye-catching storage solution for your dining room or even your living room! Totally practical the sideboard measures 75 cm high, 123 cm wide, and 39 cm deep. It has six drawers each measuring 16 cm high, 15 cm wide and 32 cm deep This large sideboard also has a central cupboard with a removable/adjustable shelf. The internal measurements of the cupboard are 60cm high and 70 cm wide. The drawers and cupboard have stylish brushed steel handles.
All our dining furniture is part of our exclusive Roscoe solid oak furniture range and can be mixed and matched to suit your needs perfectly. All the furniture in this range is made from solid oak, absolutely no veneers are used. The table is crafted to the highest standards and benefits from a durable satin lacquer finish that enhances the wood textures perfectly and provides a hard-wearing and practical surface.
Some minor assembly is required for the chairs (simply attaching the legs!) Tables and sideboard no assembly required!
Oak Wood Furniture For Sale
We offer a wide range of the finest oak furniture to suit every taste and every room. Be it for dining, home office, living room or hallway, or to store your books or hide away your shoes we have! You can buy individual pieces or take advantage of our special bundle offers.
Not only does solid oak furniture look fabulous, if cared for properly, it will serve not only you for a lifetime, but also future generations so step this way