Characteristics of Oak Furniture

Thank you for purchase our stylish range of Oak Furniture. We are confident your purchase will delight you and become a mainstay in your home for years to come.

The following guide is divided into sections which detail the characteristics of Oak Furniture and is designed to help you differentiate between these characteristics with the product and any issues you may face with your product.

Swelling of the Wood in Transit

As Oak is a natural substance, it will react to differing environments during the journey from our supplier to yourself. This can result in the furniture experiencing changes to the ambient temperature which causes swelling e.g. making drawers difficult to open/close initially. In the vast majority of cases this will settle within a few days once the product has acclimatised to its new environment.

Setting up your Oak product

Once your purchase has arrived and you have assembled the product, there are a couple of things we strongly advise when the product is in situ.

Firstly we recommend treating the product with wax polish/Danish oil immediately after set-up and periodically after then (every 6 months or so) to help the product acclimatise to the new surroundings.

In addition to treating the product, there are a couple of things to ensure when setting up, we advise not to place the product near direct sunlight, heating, air conditioning vents or radiators. We also stress that you do not place the furniture in a conservatory as this will cause excessive drying out of the wood. Any issues with products found to be stored and used in conservatories are not covered by the products warranty.

Colour changes of Oak

Oak wood may darken over time, taking on more amber tones. This happens due to exposure to oxygen and UV light, making it a largely unavoidable process. When it comes to oak furniture, most people won’t even realise the change is happening, as the colour change is fairly subtle (unless an item is consistently exposed to direct sunlight).

Grain Patterns and Variations

Oak wood is generally straight-grained and has an uneven texture. However, there will always be variances in the grain between products (even if the items are from the same range).

Due to the nature of Oak Wood there will also be darker knots within the grain which can be quite noticeable depending on where they are located.

Below are a couple of examples of darker areas within the grain:

This image shows the darker whirls within the grain of our Rustic Oak.


The below image shows the darker whirls within the grain of our Light Oak.


This final image shows multiple areas with larger dark knots within the grain.


In addition to variations in the grain, all of our Oak Furniture will have knots in the grain which can vary in size and appearance as well as adding to the individual charm of a product.
Knots simply mark where a branch was once growing on the tree when it was growing and is classified as a natural characteristic of the product.

Wood Rays

Wood rays (also known as medullary rays) are ribbon-like radial markings that extend across and perpendicularly across the tree’s growth rings.
Far from being a fault with the product, it is an indication of the life the tree had before as well as the time and labour of love that has gone into the crafting of the product.

The below image shows an example of what the medullary rays look like.


Differences between the products received compared to our website

Due to the process our products undergo during manufacturing as well as differences between different batches of the same range, we always advise that your product will differ from the image on the website in terms of colour, knot and grain patterning.
This also applies to products from the same range so please bear this in mind when looking to match existing purchases.




Contacting Us

We hope that your Oak Furniture will be a focal point for your room for years to come however if you do have any questions or queries regarding your product you can contact us directly either via email or by phone.

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Telephone – 0121 667 2128

How to Use Wood Wax on your Oak Furniture!



How to look after your Oak Furniture with Wood Wax Care and Maintenance Kit

Oak products are some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture around, with their warm, cosy feel and sturdy look they can go with any household. However with great power comes great responsibility, meaning you’re going to have to put a bit of work in to it, if you want to keep that stupendous look for years to come, and here’s how.

This guide will give you the exact information you need to keep your Oak Furniture perfect all year round, no matter what. Once you’ve got into the habit of doing this, you may not have to buy any new furniture ever again.

1) Getting the Correct Wood Wax

Make sure you get the good Wood Wax, as this will ensure the best quality for your Furniture. Yes, it’s going to cost that bit more but you will see the benefits in the long run! I’d recommend the one from Oak Furniture King, just as I know that’s worked for me. However you can get great Wood Wax from most good hardware stores.

2) Paper everything in sight!

Okay maybe not everything in sight, but definitely put paper down on the floors and it’s best to wear some old clothes, as this Wax can stain. So be prepared!

3) Make sure the surface is clear

Before that wax touches the surface of the product, you need to make sure it’s free of dust, damp and general rubbish. This will ensure that you will get a clean surface and you will not have anything disrupting the good work that the Wax does. So just use a dry clean cloth and give it a wipe over before starting.

4) Waxing the product

Get a clean cloth and dab in into the wax and start applying onto the table, yes it’s that simple. Make sure that you follow the grain of the wood, as this will ensure a uniform look and give you the best result. Don’t worry about being too generous with the wax, as the Wood doesn’t need to be drowned in it.

5) Once it’s waxed!

Once the job is done and it’s all waxed, leave it for a few minutes. Let the wax breathe and soak into the Wood and do its job, so go an pop the kettle on and put your feet up for 5.

6) Buffer, Buffer, Buffer!

After you’ve had your hot beverage it’s time to get another dry and clean cloth and get back to work! Go over all the surfaces that you covered and buffer until your heart’s content! You can never buffer too much, it’s all dependant on how shiny you want it.


7) Keep the consistency

Depending on who you speak to, you’re more than likely going to get different answers.  We highly recommend to do it four times a year, as this will ensure the quality of the Oak, and it give it the best chance to last for many years to come!

8) Get the Mats and the Coasters!

If you want to give your Oak an advanced chance of surviving the household wilderness, then make sure you keep the mats and coasters in close quarters! Most Waxes are not water or heat resistant, so keep that in the back of your head next time you’re about to sit down for a meal.

9) Utilise the Wood Cleaner

Just because you should only wax it four times a year, doesn’t mean you can’t use simple wood cleaner from time to time. This will give it that shine every now and then, keeping it prime and ready for that next waxing treatment.

10) Enjoy!

Although maintaining oak furniture can be a time consuming task, you must remember to enjoy your furniture. When it’s all done and looking pretty, sit back and admire your work with a cup of tea and a biscuit!




How to tell the difference between real oak and veneer?


Veneer is a thin layer of the real wood on top of a cheaper wood. To disguise it and protect the veneer from peeling, usually there will be an edging of real wood on shelves, etc. and thus a seam that is visible. Good veneer pieces (like parquet or marquetry) use fancy wood (like ebony or burled walnut) that is very rare in an economical and artistic way. Bad veneer is quite visible – often the grain will be going the wrong way – and does not last as well as wood that is a real board, often pulling up or chipping off.

Veneer is always a thin layering of real wood, by the way. If it’s fake wood topping, it should be called laminate.

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How Veneer wood is made

Why You Need an Oak Blanket Box

Originally, a blanket box was used solely for storing your fresh blankets and quilts. However, in more recent years people have elaborated on the idea for it’s practical uses, and now use a blanket box to store all kinds of items such as:

  • Books/magazines

  • Toys

  • Clothes

  • Tools

  • Electronic devices etc

You may remember in Home Alone when Kevin is searching through his brother’s blanket box (chest), he discovers that it’s full of cool toys, magazine’s and a jumble of other stuff.

Furthermore, the blanket box still proves it’s versatility with the use of it being a great piece of furniture for decoration – which is down to it’s beautiful natural wood appearance – and, a great seating area.

Now, this is where we step in to provide you nothing but the above. Beautiful products with many practical uses:

Cottage Light Oak Blanket Box

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French Chateau Rustic Blanket Box

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Cotswold Rustic Blanket Box

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Halloween Ideas You Should Try



The american tradition of Halloween has evolved quite considerably over the years, being celebrated by millions all over the world. With the huge number of people that celebrate it yearly, the tradition never fails to bring out the creativeness in people. For some, October 31st may be kind of frightening, but it is well intentioned and a lot of fun for children and adults – hence why it’s the biggest holiday of the year, with Christmas being the most celebrated.

With such a celebrated holiday, it’s inevitable that creativeness is only going to get even better. Below we have compiled a list of ideas you should try if your throwing your own party this year.

Baby Face Mirror

This one can be made at home using a toy doll and Plaster of Paris. Plaster of Paris is used for making basic sculptures. It’s important you learn how to use this material which you can discover here.

Fun fact: Plaster of Paris is also used by hospitals to form a cast to protect an injury such as a broken arm.


Coloured In Orange Pumpkins

Produce your very own pumpkin look-a-like babies by drawing scary faces on them. All you need are a bundle of oranges and a marker pen, which can all be bought for less than £5 dependent on how many you buy and where you buy them from.


Free Shots

If you are throwing a party, a good way to start the night for you and your guests is to fill syringes with shots. You can buy toy syringes in bulk for a reasonably cheap price.


Rope Tie

Be creative and use a rope to replace your tie. We would recommend using a clip-on version for safety reasons.


Tips To Clean Wooden Furniture

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Tips To Clean wooden furniture

Clean and well maintained furniture items not only make the appearance of a room more appealing, but also extends the lifespan of the pieces themselves. So, it is important to include furniture cleaning in your house cleaning task. Furniture cleaning is one of the easiest home improvement tasks and requires least effort. According to many furniture makers in Berkshire, cleaning and vacuuming a furniture piece on a regular basis can really lengthen its overall life span. Stated below are some effective tips for taking care of your precious pieces, have a quick look at them –

1. Clean The Stains

Keeping a hot cup of coffee on the centre table of your drawing room while gossiping with your friends, or having a chilled glass of soft drinks while watching your favourite television show and keeping the glass on the table unconsciously, can create random stain marks on the furniture…

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Arts and Crafts classics at The Wilson

Making Things Work

Please note: The following images are snapshots I took during my visit to The Wilson. They are used here with explicit permission, which required a lot of work and a fee, as described in a previous post. I respectfully request that you avoid gaily copying and using them for your own purposes.

The research for my book on English Arts and Crafts furniture (scheduled for publication by Popular Woodworking in May 2018) entailed a visit to England last winter. Aside from immersing myself anew in the architecture and scenery of the beautiful land that produced the Arts and Crafts movement, I needed to take measurements from a chair designed by C.F.A. Voysey in 1898.

IMG_0680 Be still, my heart.  An original two heart chair, as the form is known, designed by Voysey, though this example flagrantly flouts its designer’s prohibition against finishing with stain or polish.

While waiting for my appointment…

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Why You Should Invest In an Oak Wardrobe

Oak Wardrobes are one of the most valuable pieces of furniture you could ever own – hence why the title describes it as an investment. Mainly because of it’s solid structure and extravagant look, a perfect place for all of your clothes. Too many people settle for less and go for a wardrobe that won’t keep their clothes warm and safe, an Oak Wardrobe will do just that.


pound-sign  Oak Wardrobes are an expensive piece of furniture, there’s no escaping that, but wait! Yes you may have to pay a larger sum now, but you will never have to buy another wardrobe again. Cheaper Wardrobes will warp, veneer will bend and the doors most likely will work their way off. An Oak Wardrobe will never let you down, standing firm and tall, proving a good, thermal insulator. You can create you own Bespoke wardrobe if you like, but more than likely the Oak Wardrobe will be all you need!


With an Oak Wardrobe you know what you’re going to get. A sturdy Wardrobe with a classic design, that shows off the beautiful oak grains. Also you have the choice from a lighter Oak to a Darker Oak, a triple Wardrobe or a Double, so many options.

How To: Bedroom Colour Matching

If you are interested in colour coordinating your bedroom, we have a few tips for you before doing so.

Depending on what kind of style you like, we have two suggestions for you that may inspire you to customise or alter your current decor choice.


Colour matching is something that needs careful thought. With the bedroom being the place of relaxation and rest, it is important to absolutely nail colour co-ordination. Generally, the aim is to create a sense of warmth and comfort. The example below shows how you can match your furniture colour with your wall. However, what will really create that sense of warmth is lighting. How does your lamp reflect from your chosen colour?



As mentioned with colour, careful consideration has to go into how you want your place of relaxation to look. With consistency being high priority, you need to ascertain what kind of feeling you would like when you enter the room. Creating a personalized theme is important however, you need to decide where you would like your pattern to appear. For example: Patterned wallpaper, headboard, curtains, tables, carpet etc. If you decide that you prefer a patterned wallpaper for example, it would be more effective to consider matching it with something else. For example, below you can see the headboard and curtains pattern match, proving to be very effective.



Remember: If you are still unsure on what decor style you would like; or are intrigued how your room would look with your chosen colour, visit our 3D virtual showroom. Our virtual showroom is a FREE service provided by us to help you tour a 3D model of your room to aid you in deciding your preferred colour choice.



Furniture Ideas You Should Definitely Try

Practical ideas on a budget

Whether it’s with furniture you already have, or you have to buy materials to build a cheap furniture piece, you can create almost anything you need if you have a very strict budget. Below, we present you with examples of what you may be able to implement in your home.

Balcony Laptop Rest

If you have a small balcony, good weather but limited space for you to work, try this. A laptop stand that easily sits on your balcony railings, giving you freedom to work and enjoy the weather at the same time.


Add a unique style to your patio

If you’re not a D.I.Y savvy and you’re hosting a party on the weekend, this alternative seating area is something you should definitely consider to provide extra seating. All that’s needed is breeze blocks, 6 lengths of timber and a spare 10 minutes.


From desk to a seating area

If you have converted your office area into a bedroom, instead of selling your desk, make it into a practical seating area for your living room/hallway.


Practical picture/dining table

Make your favourite wall picture your dining table as well. If space is limited, why not combine your picture frame into your dining area? it’s a win win situation that we’re sure will take your guests by surprise.


Bringing outdoor furniture indoors

These guys have literally gone all out to invest in a very unique bathroom area. Using old ladders as a towel rack, a door/window frame for a mirror, a bench and 2 metal tubs as the sink, you almost have yourself a full bathroom. Just one thing is outstanding, what did they use for the bath tub?


And finally, an improvised holder for your keys

If your rock days are over and your amplifiers are sitting there doing nothing. Instead of selling, salvage parts to use as a practical alternative – in this case, a holder for your house/car keys.


If you’re interested in purchasing new furniture, we have hundreds of products on our furniture sites:

Oak Furniture King

Modern Furniture Direct