Advice when choosing an oak occasional table
An oak occasional table can really enhance and complete the appearance of a room and often without one, something seems to be missing. Here is some useful information to bear in mind when selecting the perfect occasional table for your home.
A side or occasional table can be found in just about any room, ranging from the living room to the dining room, bedroom and even hallways as it’s an extremely versatile piece. As it can be placed in a multitude of environments, it can also be used for a variety of things. Displaying objects such as lamps, ornaments and photographs amongst others things is an ideal way of adding interest to an occasional table and using it to store items such as keys is another popular option. If utilised effectively as an accent piece, an occasional table can really bring a room to life.
Oak is and always will be one of the most popular choices when it comes to wooden furniture. This is because it’s beautiful to look at as well as resilient, durable and versatile. Oak also has the ability to resist attacks from insects and fungus. It is the natural choice for those with busy life-styles and families due to it being hard-wearing and its ability to cope with stains and everyday wear and tear. Due to the natural beauty of this hardwood, oak furniture can easily be incorporated into both contemporary and traditional settings.
So what are the key qualities you should look out for when selecting an oak occasional table? There happens to be more than one type of oak used in furniture making.
- Natural oak
- Tiger oak
- Pippy oak
- Burr oak
The natural oak has a stunning honey colour that runs through the wood, and as the name suggest, Tiger oak is more striped in appearance. Pippy and Burr oak are similar and have clusters of ‘cats paw print’ within the grain. Selecting an occasional table with different types of oak is down to personal preference.
Things to Consider
A very important factor before purchasing your ideal occasional table is to check out the build quality. Has the piece been well constructed using solid oak timbers which offer maximum strength and durability. Try to avoid flat packs or items made from inferior materials such as MDF, chipboard or veneers. Consider where you will place the table as you need to ensure that it works in harmony with the décor and ambiance of the room.
Occasional tables come in many different shapes and styles, from a simple design to one with drawers, shelves and even cupboards. Consider the size and function of the table and what it will be used for before making that final decision.
Hopefully, by taking some of this information into account you will be able to select the perfect oak occasional table for your home. Happy shopping!