Welcome to the Country Oak furniture range!
Our Country Oak dining furniture is now by far our best selling range and represents around 50% of our overall product. The range comprises dining tables, chairs, benches, sideboards, display units, bar stools and bookcases and is made from a composition of American oak with real oak veneers allowing us to produce high quality furniture which won’t suffer from excessive movement which can often lead to unsightly expansion gaps as humidity and temperature changes.
The overall appearance is of a rustic nature allowing the natural characteristics of oak to show through and as such small knots, grain variance and medullary rays are evident throughout. Here at Top Furniture we stock over 30 Country oak tables from a small square 80cm x 80cm to one of our largest 14 seater tables extending up to 340cm in length and a spacious 120cm width. The image below shows this table with the matching Country oak slatted back leather padded chairs
Background and Sourcing of Country oak hardwood
As in the description above our Country oak range is manufactured from American hardwood and at Top Furniture we care greatly about the future of the environment which is why we ensure this furniture is sourced only from sustainable forests.
Standing hardwood’s in America have actually doubled over the last 50 years despite record levels of exporting. This has been achieved by what is known as selection harvesting – a managed process where a selected batch of trees are harvested which in turn improves the health of the overall forest and controls the types of tree growing at a particular site. This along with excellent growing conditions and very fertile soils means that in the main forests are naturally re-generated from seed and shoots as a result of sensible tree felling.
A high percentage of the forest land in the U.S is privately owned dating back hundreds of years with the minority state owned forests subject to strict legislations and managed by Government forestry services.
Despite the above certification of timber is still very hit and miss in the U.S due to the large amount of privately owned forests making it almost impossible to track wood from tree to end user.
Highlights and features of the range
Our range of Country oak is made exclusively for Top Furniture which means we can choose the designs and act directly on feedback from our customers. One of the most attractive attributes is the cross leg design on many of the tables, these cross legs are not only attractive but allow a greater seating capacity as chairs can be utilised around the entire table without an obstructive leg. These cross legs are unlike the majority of other cross leg tables available as they are of a curved appearance which adds to the beauty of the piece and give a softer overall look.
The matching cross leg benches shown below look fantastic with these cross leg tables and have been produced to sit snugly either side of the table legs when not in use – perfect for kids or accommodating visitors on those special occasions.
We have recently added display units and bookcases to our range, both of which have proven very popular since their launch. These items provide the perfect compliment to any new or existing dining set and give attractive, practical storage solutions to any home. The image below shows a section of our Staffordshire showroom displaying a selection of these items.
Finally check out one of our latest bar stools called “The Wave”. This stool is a great match for the Country oak range of furniture and will provide extra seating as well as a contemporary feel to any kitchen or dining room, it is both attractive and comfortable without overstretching the budget.
Caring for your furniture
Obviously when you purchase this range of furniture it’s important you know how to look after it. Country oak is manufactured with a hard waxed finish which will help to bring out the natural characteristics of the wood as well as provide partial protection against spillages and damages. It is always recommended that mats are used for hot items and any spillages are cleaned up immediately with a dry lint free cloth before the liquid has time to penetrate the oak.
Further coats of wax should be applied every 3 to 6 months dependant on the environment – obviously very warm dry environments will need re-coating more often. The best product to use is either a hard clear Bri-wax which can be applied as you would a car polish and then buffed accordingly. Although a beautiful shiny finish can be achieved using hard wax it can also be very time consuming and if not carried out correctly can result in a very patchy finish. An alternative to this is a product called “Woodoc” which is basically a liquid wax simply squirted on to the surface and applied again using a dry lint free cloth. This product is far easier to use and takes a fraction of the time although will not provide such a shiny finish.
Finally if you want your product to be completely spill and heat proof then we would highly recommend a product called “Osmo clear polyx oil matt finish”. This is available on-line and can be brushed onto the item, 2 – 3 coats should be used which should completely seal the top so as to provide a barrier against even the worst spillage product such as coca-cola and red wine.
As part of our ongoing range development we are set to introduce further items to this ever-growing range over the next couple of months. Be sure to keep an eye open for the new 1.8m square and round chunky leg Country oak tables as well as the grand 12 – 14 seater premium solid oak Chateaux (pictured below) and Monastry double extending tables with 65mm chunky edged tops.