Here examples picture show just how varied the design and appearance Solid Oak Furniture can be.
There is a school of thought amongst consumers that Solid Oak Furniture offers less in the way of style than furniture made of the lighter woods available. It’s an idea that is based on the notion that solid wood is thick, hard and heavy, like slabs, and are fixed together to make weighty chests of drawers, immovable wardrobes and coffee tables that require almost the whole family to lift. This, of course, is not true.
It is true that Solid Oak Furniture is generally heavier than something like solid pine, which is somewhat less weighty than its oak counterpart.
Solid wood is less susceptible to damage from the elements, with most needing only to be treated from time to time to protect it from damp or heat. Furniture that is not solid can see its veneer covering lift as dampness gets underneath, while cracking and warping from heat are also types of damage that can destroy the look of the piece. Of course, chipping is always possible in both solid and veneer furniture, but in solid oak furniture the same wood is exposed, making simple repairs possible.
Oak is an ideal wood when it comes to staining, with colors ranging from refreshing harvest gold to a more earthy dark red hue. A rustic finish allows for the natural grain and knot structure of the solid piece to appear aged, giving the piece an almost vintage look. However, a more distressed look, such as those mimicking steel brushed or chipped surfaces, is also attractive as it lends a sense of worn legacy.
It’s a fact that solid does not have to mean boring. Solid oak furniture are not cumbersome items to be avoided, or so bland that they fail to excite, but boast innovation and even elegance along with their reputation for durability and value.