The Furniture Market - Big on Oak Furniture
Oak Furniture Buying Guide
Oak furniture is uniquely popular in the UK; Hundreds of years of carpentry skills passed down from generation to generation has meant that everyone has grown up with a piece of oak furniture in their home. Traditional oak craftsmen ship offers a blend of simplicity of design mixed with the rich texture of the trees grain means every piece of furniture is subtly different.
Caring for oak furniture
Do not put furniture up against radiators
When you are installing your new piece of furniture, consideration should be made as to where the piece is exposed to heat. This can be a problem in a typical centrally heated home where the atmosphere can be even dryer and warmer than where the oak was originally seasoned, even treated oak is a living breathing piece of furniture that needs to be cared for to stand the test of time.
Avoid exposing new furniture to strong direct sunlight
Direct sunlight can not only fade the finish of your furniture put also cause cracks and splits in the wood. Furniture needs time to settle in the home and become acclimatised to the natural heat and moisture fluctuations.
Use natural cleaning products where possible
If your furniture is finished with natural wax only use natural cleaning products in order to avoid stripping the wax and damaging the hardwood. It is surprisingly easy to damage naturally finished wood so you need to be careful when using cleaning products.
Use candle wax to help lubricate drawer runners
Over time drawer can become a little stiff, if you find this is happening try using candle wax on the runners. This natural substance is best to use on untreated and exposed hardwood. This method is really successful
Polish in the direction of the grain
For best results applying waxes or polishes we recommend following the grain of the wood in order to bring out the fine detail in the grain. Follow these steps to care for your new furniture from The Furniture Market
How to care for an oiled oak finish
Oiled oak is often mistaken as being a high maintenance finish. It really is not, for everyday cleaning and care we recommend a damp lint free cloth or dry microfiber. To keep your finish in tip top shape you could oil your item every 6 months or when the finish looks a little tired. If your piece is in sunlight the finish will tend to fade sooner. When the time comes, apply an oil with a cloth or sponge in the direction of the grain. Generally speaking a pure tung oil or boiled linseed oil will do the job nicely, available at most DIY stores. Contact us for more specific advice.
How to care for a waxed oak finish
Bees wax is the most commonly use wax in traditional care routines for hardwood furniture. You may wish to use a synthetic wax that offers a tougher finish and is more resistant to heat fluctuations in the home. Before applying wipe the piece down with a dry lint free or mirco fibre cloth to remove dust and particles. If you choose the more environmentally friendly bees wax we strongly advise against the use of chemical cleaning products as it will strip the wax and potentially damage the wood itself. Wax is great to bring out fine detail the grain in your piece, but it doesn't hold up to the use of harsh chemicals.
How to care for a lacquered oak finish
Lacquer is the most common hardwood finish. It is normally applied over a stain to give a protective shield to the finish, in much the same way as a car has a lacquered finish over a the paint colour. Chemicals can be used to clean a lacquered surface but we advise the use of silicon free polishes and cleaning products. This type of finish is the most hard wearing finish and typically the lowest maintenance. Generally speaking a good quality spray polish should help give your furniture a nice shine.
Types of Oak Furniture
You will find we carry items in Oak that cater for everyone from a solid rustic oak kingsize bed to a french oak dresser, we have something to suit how you have designed your home.
The phrase "Strong as Oak" is perhaps most applicable to our solid oak beds. When you chose to buy oak bedroom furniture you want a strong and sturdy bed. We have all had or slept in creaky, flimsy flat pack nightmare beds and by buying an oak bed from us you know you can sleep well at night without having to worry if the bed is going to break on you.
Oak Tables and Chairs
You want to buy tables and chairs in oak and you want to have quality you can rely on, but you don't want to pay mega bucks like you would on a retail park. Well you want to buy online from us. We offer very high quality oak tables and chairs made with solid oak but we also are able to charge low prices because we don't have to pay for expensive show rooms and sales guys called Jon, who promise you the earth with a Cheshire grin smile.
What do you look for in a oak sideboard? style? value? quality? well we have something for you here at The Furniture Market, one of the most common compliments we get are from our oak sideboard customers who often remark that they cannot quite understand how we are able to offer such quality at such a low price. Well that's our trade secret and we cannot tell you... sorry ;-)
Oak Side Tables
If you want a side table, made out of oak, we sell them, yes.. AND we also sell other oak pieces to go with our most popular rustic oak 3 draw bedside table which really is our McOakbedside of our range.. (please note that is not a real word just one we use here at The Furniture Market.)
Oak Coffee Tables
Kick Back, Relax, put your feet up and read one of those magazines you have been meaning to get round to reading and won't throw out. We sell a wide range of oak coffee tables to suit your decor and pocket, some have great storage options too meaning you can keep on storing magazines, batteries for the remote, and all those chargers and cables you have forgotten what they are for.