Oak coffee tables seem to have come back into vogue lately, as people are tending to steer away from cheaper flat packed furniture items. Although buying cheap furniture is tempting when you are on a budget, it is a false saving because you will find that you are replacing your furniture every few years.
Available in light and dark oak, an oak coffee table is a stylish addition to any living room. Although the coffee table is not the largest piece of furniture in the average living area, it is usually placed at a focal point of the room; and therefore if you have a cheap coffee table that you purchased for functionality rather than looks it can bring down the appearance of the entire room. Although oak coffee tables are not the most economical option for a piece of furniture that is mainly bought for its usefulness, there is a good reason for this.
Oak for Durability
Generally a coffee table is likely to last for around five years, and maybe not even that long if it is used daily and people do not take due care. However, a coffee table made of oak will last for hundreds of years, and can be passed through the generations. Provided you keep the table away from direct heat and sunlight, it should look as good within several decades as it does the day you purchased it. You should be careful not to spill liquids on oak furniture, and if an accident occurs, be sure to wipe the table as soon as possible.
Oak coffee tables will not only last you for the rest of your life, but it can also be passed down to your children and grandchildren. Many homes in the UK have oak furniture and beams that have been part of the household for several generations. When you enter a house with oak fittings, you cannot fail to notice these beautiful items, and will likely comment on them to the owner of the house.
Oak, unlike other types of timber does not attract mold or bugs. Oak furniture will not become infested with woodworm, and its low absorption rate allows it to stay dry, even in damp conditions. Oak furniture can even be used outside, and providing it is not left for many hours in strong sunlight it will not deteriorate. The only thing you need to do to help keep oak furniture looking as good as possible is to polish it with beeswax every six months.