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The things you need to know before buying a table

Posted on March 15th, 2013 in Oak Tables

So you’re thinking about buying a table?

Maybe you have seen one you like already or you’re just looking around for inspiration and want to know what to look out for or avoid at all costs. Well as far as I’m concerned there are just 3 questions that matter when choosing a table (or any piece of furniture for that matter) which I will be posting about in this blog and they are:

1. How long will a table keep its looks?

What grabs our attention to any piece of furniture is how it looks; the style and the finish. But what matters is how long its looks will last, how long before this beautiful new table starts to look old, makes my room look shabby and I stop loving it? To prolong the love and delay this eventual pain you would be wise to look for something made of good quality materials, like oak. But did you know  there are over 600 species of oak grown all over the world and many different ways that tables are put together. Most importantly, where the oak is grown and how the table has been made will affect how long you will love it. All you need to know is what to ask the retailer and what to look at on the table to make sure you get the best possible value for your money.

2. How long will a table stay solid and sturdy?

You might be able to put up with something that starts to look at bit used, as long as it does its job. But we’ve all owned something that started to get a bit wobbly, and you have to treat it a bit more carefully. The love starts to fade pretty quickly when that happens and it could be time to start looking for another one. So can you tell how long something will last before you even buy it? You might ask about “build quality” but unless you’re a cabinet maker (who would probably make your own furniture) then you will just have to take the retailers word for it. NOT THE CASE! There are some simple but important things to ask and look out for when choosing a table that will give you a much better reassurance that your new solid table wont go Humpty Dumpty in 12 months time.

3. How do I know if it will suit my home?

The risks you take when buying any new piece of furniture – How it will look in the room? Will it be too big or small for the space? Too high or low for us to use conveniently from our seats? Will it be the right shape for the room? Will it be a pain to clean? How easily will I be able to move it? Will it make the room, our home and our lives better? It would be good to know the answers to these questions in advance wouldn’t it? Well if you know what to ask you can take most, if not all, of the risk out of choosing a piece of furniture for your home and I’ll be telling you how to do it.

I hope that’s given you a taste of what I’ll be posting about, of course if you have any questions right now then I’d be delighted to give you the best of our experiences to help you choose a table that you can love forever.

This post was written by John.

One response to “The things you need to know before buying a table”

  1. Pat Follett says:

    How resistant are your tables to wine/water/ heat stains?
    What protective measures have to be taken?
    How heavy is the ‘ seats 8 ‘ dining table ? Could two people lift it ?

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We're really happy with the table - it looks fantastic. It's slightly more rustic than we were expecting but looks even better for it! My wife took the delivery and said the guys were brilliant - they kept us fully posted on when they were turning up which made things so much easier for us to sort out our schedules. Thanks again for a great all-round service.

Andrew Phillips – 15th September 2016

Your team successfully delivered the table this afternoon, very pleased with the table and the service throughout. I attach a few photos of the table in situations. Very best regards.

Michael Munro – 21st September 2016

The table is perfect. It is everything we can be set up for us all to eat at one end and the other end can still having homework/painting/craft materials spread out. It is also very pretty in the room.

Lucy Dando – 22nd September 2016
Milton Keynes

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