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Fabienne Dining Furniture February 19th, 2018 - 09:30:15
Maple, Oak and walnut are the most popular woods for dining tables, and you should base your choice on the style of your room. If you are looking for solid wood dining furniture for an antique look, then walnut should be your choice. You won`t find solid walnut tables, but the base of the table will likely be solid oak with a beautifully varnished or glossy French-polished walnut veneer on top. In saying that, American black cherry is in fashion, and many Americans prefer this to the traditional hardwoods. If you prefer that type of antique look, Southwood offer dining tables with beautiful Queen Anne style legs and a highly polished top. You will likely pay a bit extra for a walnut finish, but the beautiful patterns of the grain are well worth it.
Solid wood dining room furniture must be constructed using traditional jointing techniques. If you see metal or plastic connectors, screwed or nailed butt joints or even screwed pocket joints, then expect to pay a budget price. Check under the table and chairs and make sure that the joints are dovetailed or mortise and tenon. These are traditional woodworking joints, stronger than any butt joint and will last a great deal longer. Although you may believe the jointing methods used not to be important, cheap joints might also indicate that corners have been cut in other aspects of the furniture. If you have upholstered dining chairs rather than solid seats, maybe the fabric is cheap and will wear quicker, or the webbing holding the springs will soon burst - if there is webbing and not just a lump of foam! If on corner is cut, then others may be!
Another consideration that is important is the shape of the table; they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Square and rectangle dining tables are the most popular. The circular dinning tables are ideal for small families. As earlier mentioned the material is a major determinant of the price and the delicateness of the dinning furniture. Glossy materials like glass and acrylic plastics are very attractive when used to design a dinning table.
You might want a small dining table for regular use, but one that can be extended for special occasions such as dinner parties or seasonal celebrations. You generally have two options: tables with leaves attached, that can be pulled up when needed, or those with separate leaves that can be added as required. Some older tables come with two, three or even four extra leaves that can be added to extend the length of the table, while modern dining tables can be fitted with clever mechanisms that extend the table at will.