5 fun facts about oak furniture
Who said that furniture was boring? We have trawled our history books and scoured the internet to find some interesting titbits that you may not know about our favourite furniture finish. From swashbuckling adventures to Great British Myths and Legends, here are 5 fun and fascinating facts about oak:
1. Ahoy There!
Arrrrrrrrrr! Hoist the main sail and swab the deck ye scurvy lot! Back in the 15th and 16th century oak was the wood of choice in the making of some of the strongest and speediest pirate ships that ever sailed the seven seas. British oak was extremely waterproof and was resistant to warping making it ideal for creating such grand and intimidating sea going vessels.
2. OAP Oak
There are believed to be over 600 different species of oak across the world with some of them living to be well over 1500 years old! When it comes to selecting oak for building purposes a tree must be at least 100 years old before it can be harvested. Let's hope they get their letter from the Queen before they are given the axe!
3. Legendary Furniture
It is said that in the great legend of Kind Arthur his famous round table was in fact crafted from the trunk of a great and mighty oak tree that stood in the grounds of Camelot. It's already circular shape was perfect for creating a meeting space where he and all his knights could be equally heard. This fabled table is now believed to be hanging on the wall in the Great Hall of Winchester castle
4. Strong and Silent Type
Oak is officially one of the strongest woods in the world. It has been said that it has almost 5 times the robustness of Scots pine and the Romans even gave the wood the name "robur" the same term that they used for "strength". This is one of the reasons that solid oak is always used to make burial caskets and coffins for important figures such as Edward the Confessor whose oak casket lies interned at Westminster Abbey.
5. If It's Good Enough For The Gods
The oak was Zeus's favourite tree (and we can see why). He believed that the "King of Trees" was a reflection of his role as "King of Nature" and it represented his strength and dominance. He is often depicted stood next to an oak tree in sculpture and art and the Greeks believed the oak to be particularly sacred as they were far less likely to burn when struck by lightning than other species of tree.
Oak furniture has always been a popular choice, whether you're looking for a striking dining room set, a rustic coffee table or stunning sideboard for your entrance hallway, oak creates a warm, rustic look that simply never goes out of style.
There are a variety of reasons that oak is such a popular choice for many people, and among those reasons versatility comes out on top. It's warm, honey colour, suits a range of styles and complements both character and contemporary homes. As oak is a very dense, hard wood, it doesn't scratch or damage easily, so oak furniture is always a solid investment that will last for years. Because oak is so durable, it needs very little maintenance to keep it in good condition - simply dusting your oak furniture will keep it in good condition for years to come.So whether you've fallen in love with the warm oak style, or are simply looking for a striking feature piece of furniture that will make your house a home, we've got a wide range of stunning pieces to choose from.
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Cheshire Oak furniture is fast becoming our most popular range of oak. We have been taken by surprise by the popularity of the Cheshire oak. With its modern D-shaped handles yest traditional oak colour it will fit in well into any style of home.
Rustic Oak This classic country style traditional oak range is very popular. There is a solid range of bedroom, living room and occasional furniture in this category
Hereford Rustic OakThis Hereford Rustic Oak furniture collection oozes timeless country charm. The frames are chunky in design and the solid oak furniture frames stand on tapered feet that perfectly complement the Rustic look.
The Soho Curved Oak range is a welcomed addition to any modern home. Contemporary designs that are hand made using traditional construction methods. This furniture is built to last a lifetime and you will no doubt be impressed by the superior quality and finish of each piece.
London Oak also has a nice light finish crossed with a contemporary minimalist approach to design. This too has proved a popular range.
The French Louis Oak furniture range combines elegant French styling with traditional time honoured construction methods giving a range that is both desirable and practical for everyday use.
We believe we offer great value for money with our oak furniture and remember we offer free delivery on everything and we are online only meaning you pay the cheapest price because we have no massive outlets to rent or pushy sales people to employ to try to sell you insurance, lotions and potions. - We care more about Oak Furniture.