Oak Bedroom Furniture
Quality, maintenance and style
Oak bedroom furniture is great for creating a sense of timeless style. Perhaps it's because of oak's symbolic properties; perhaps it's because the wood in most oak furniture is centuries old.
The Celts and the Ancient Greeks revered the oak, partly because of its seeming ability to both attract and withstand lightning. In the interior design world, oak furniture is a solid presence that calmly withstands a lifetime of decorative changes. In other words, oak bedroom furniture goes with almost any look, providing a background to whatever style you choose.
The permanence of oak doesn't mean there's no variety. Oak grows in many different countries, and the kinds of oak growing vary from place to place. As a general rule, the colder the country, the slower the oak tree grows. This means that oak furniture from Scandinavian countries is harder than furniture from the Mediterranean area. For this reason, wood from colder regions is more expensive. But unless you're actually looking at the tree-trunk, it's hard for a non-expert to guess where the wood comes from, so you'll have to trust the furniture seller. Even two items of furniture made from the same tree could look completely different if they have been treated differently, which brings us to the importance of maintenance.
Oak bedroom furniture has the potential to last centuries and be passed down from generation to generation, but not if you don't look after it. Maintenance is essential to stop the wood drying out and cracking, as central heating isn't wood's best friend. Danish Oil is one of the most popular products for preserving oak bedroom furniture; you just put it on a rag and wipe it into the furniture. There are many brands of Danish Oil, and some are better than others. The less solvent mixed in with the oil, the better. You can also use a clear maintenance wax on top of "finished" furniture to keep it in good condition. Take the advice of the furniture seller.
One of the few disadvantages of oak bedroom furniture is that, like other high-quality woods, it's fairly expensive. You might pay a few hundred dollars just for a chair. You can save money by buying oak-veneered furniture instead of solid oak, and still have the appearance of oak in your home. However, solid oak is worth the money if you're buying furniture as an investment. It grows more lustrous with age, and it will enhance any style you can think of.
The oak is traditionally symbolic of wisdom, and the wise furniture-buyer goes for oak bedroom furniture every time.