Making the right decision.

For many of us deciding how to furnish your home is a decision that’s not to be taken lightly. This is especially true if you share a home with your partner. Balancing both party’s tastes, or marrying both traditional and contemporary tastes can be something of a compromise. However, one fact remains true – having a living area with rooms that have at least one signature piece of furniture is highly desired.

For most of us the kitchen is the heart of the home, a place where families converge come mealtimes, a place to break bread, share stories of the day, and enjoy each other’s company. With that being said, owning a grand, aesthetically exquisite, and functional dining table is top of everyone’s agenda.

So, how do you choose the oak table that’s just for you?

Firstly, you need to take a little time to evaluate what size table is appropriate for your needs. If you’ve a large extended family then you will obviously need a large table. Consider the space that you have to work with. Is the kitchen or dining room a small size? If so then purchasing a seven foot long oak dining table may not be an astute decision – you may struggle to fit it in the room!

Secondly, oak tables offer considerable benefits over alterative materials. Oak is hard and durable, and despite the fact that these tables are considered fairly expensive, they offer a longevity that speaks for itself. It’s important to keep a budget in mind, and if you’re certain that oak is the material that you want, the price will reflect the higher quality.

Thirdly, it’s worth bearing in mind that some oak tables maybe in need of restoration. If you have your heart set on one individual oak table, and upon detailed inspection you feel that it is indeed in need of some treatment then this should be factored into the cost. Professional restorers are highly skilled, but do not come cheap.

Fourthly, oak is renowned for its attractive and distinctive grain. The grain has an increased resistance to water and insect damage when compared to other types of wood. This durability, combined with a distinctive grain, means that oak tables are highly sought-after. Knowing how to recognise oak is paramount hen choosing that signature table.

Fifthly, understanding oak tables and what you’re looking for is something that you need to know upfront. Oak tables come in a variety of different styles. Draw- leaf tables both popular, and sought after by those with an appreciation for antiques. Space-saving and elegant it’s not uncommon for these types of tables to be used as decorative pieces .

Lastly, as with any furniture purchase, consider the craftsmanship of the tables. Examine the table joints, the quality of the carving, and the overall finish of the table. If you have any lingering doubts then, perhaps the purchase isn’t advisable. Restoration is always an option, but the cost could stretch your budget beyond the figure that you’d already intended on spending.

Oak tables have been a popular dining room piece for centuries. With their attractiveness and durability, not to mention design options, it’s not hard to see why.